Fab-u-lash Lashes

Happy Friday!! 😁

I hear on a regular basis that people would prefer not to cleanse or wash their lashes after having eyelash extensions. To be honest, I think way back when I first started having mine done I thought the same – the thought process being that if you wash them, more will fall out. You want to try and leave them alone as much as possible right? Surely that is the best way to stop you from losing them……

In fact, it is very important to keep your eyelash extensions clean and I want to touch on why this is and also how I would recommend to keep them clean.

If you avoid cleaning your lashes this will result in oiliness, residue and grime building up which will end up breaking down the lash glue. Our skin of course naturally produces oils and our lashes are there to protect the eyes from dust and debris – so it actually makes sense that it is important to clean all this off. Oils and lash glue do not go together, these two are like partners in crime set out to remove your lash techs beautiful work and your fabulous set of lashes! *Cue horror music and hands to face*. More to the extreme, by not cleaning your lashes you could end up with all sorts of infections, irritations, poor lash health/growth and even lash mites (believe it or not, these tiny creatures are real!) No one wants a gammy eye do they, it’s not pretty, especially when you have treated yourself to a set of lashes.

This is an example of what can happen when eyelash extensions are left unwashed (this is not one of my clients it’s an image from the Internet)…..

So, how do we keep them clean? It’s not a massive task to add to your daily routine. Which is great for people like me who are pretty slack when it comes to skin care routines in general. Just add it in when washing your face morning and night. It doesn’t even necessarily need to be every day, every other day should do the trick – unless you are like me who tends to get oily skin, you may want to do this once a day, or if you are heavy make up wearer. I tend to do mine each morning and only again in the evening if I have had eye make up on. Some people prefer to just do the eyelash cleanse in the evening – it’s up to you what suits you best!

Step by step guide

  1. If you can get yourself a cleanser specifically for eyelashes, then this is great and is the better option (but as far as I am aware this isn’t something you can pick up from your local Superdrug or Boots – you will need to buy online) My go to lash cleanser is from Lashbase, it is PH neutral and oil free – to view CLICK HERE. When I am out of cleanser (which luckily doesn’t happen now since I’ve been doing lashes!) I would use baby shampoo – I will be honest, there is a lot of information out there on the Internet about saying not to use this as it doesn’t have the same effect as a lash cleanser and isn’t specifically made for the eye area – back in the day when I started having my lashes done this was the gold standard of lash cleansing, but with more research and as the lash industry evolves, it seems we are steering away from this. So, do try to get a professional lash cleanser if you can.
  2. Using a cleansing brush I gently brush the cleanser over my lashes being careful not to be too heavy handed! You can use your fingers if you do not have a brush – but I find the brush gives a much better clean between the lashes.
  3. Once you have rinsed off any remaining cleanser from your eyes – pat them dry with a towel or cotton pad. DO NOT RUB THEM.
  4. I then use a make up applicator (I have no idea of their actual name but they can be used as multiple make up applicators!) I find these great to get rid of any excess water and to help fan back out the lashes. These are a cheap little tool that can be purchased online places such as Ebay or Amazon. They look like this
  5. Finally I brush over my lash. SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN, CLEAN. Most lash techs will give you a brush to use at the end of your appointment, but if you require more, again these are a relatively cheap item that you can get on Amazon and eBay.
  6. If I have worn eye make up or heavy make up – in the evenings to remove this I use micellar water. My fave is Garnier – you will often find this on offer somewhere! It is great as it is oil free and I find this stuff really does the job. To view please CLICK HERE. Again, when removing the eye make up, be gentle with no vigorous rubbing.
  7. Any additional products I use in my skincare routine, I try to keep as many oil free as possible.

Please view my short video below from my Instagram showing my lash routine:

It is also really important to go to your lash appointments with clean lashes, the same way that you would brush your teeth before going to the dentist. If you are having a new fresh set of lashes, do not wear any mascara as removing this is a longer process and will eat into your appointment time. If you are a mascara wearer I would recommend giving the lashes an extra going over before hand to remove it – often it may look like you have removed most of it but once you get under a lash technicians blinding bright light and their magnifying lense, there can often still be a lot left to remove. Mascara residue can cause problems with the glue resulting in your new lash extensions not lasting as long.

CLEAN LASHES = HAPPY LASHES (and happy lash technicians too 😁)

I hope this information helps! Please visit my lash page on Instagram/Facebook @lashesbylisauk

If anyone has additional helpful tips to share regarding lash cleansing please comment below!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Lisa xxx

There she glows…

I hold my hands up! I definitely do not have the best skin care routine out there…I will admit it, I am lazy. Even though I own zillions of products, I don’t always do the whole cleanse, tone, serum, eye serum, moisturise, blah blah yawn and the rest of it. Even on occasions – usually after one too many G&T’s – I don’t take my make up off at night …GUILTY.AS.CHARGED. (Cue hands on face and gasps from all the daily skin routine people out there, I tip my hat to you gods and goddesses of skin care.)  

However, when I do chose to actually make the effort, I like to think I pick some great products for my skin (if I do say so myself). One of my FAVOURITE brands is Kiehl’s – and you will probably see a few blogs pop up in the future featuring their products – today it’s all about the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. I love to get this out when my skin is looking dull and just, well bleughhh. Especially with this winter weather –  we work so hard on concentrating on keeping it protected in the summer, we forget about it at this time of year! But what about the harsh cold weather on your skin?! It can be just as damaging!

It contains unique ingredients from near the Amazon river in Northern Brazil (if you can’t take me there, bringing the ingredients to me will have to do).

It has a creamy, cool, clay texture that smells clean and fresh. Applying this to my skin always feels cleansing and refreshing straight away. As it starts to dry, you can see your pores showing whilst your skin is in deep cleansing action – I find this super satisfying! Apply a thin layer avoiding the eyes, leave it on your skin for 10 mins (perfect excuse to sit down, close your eyes and relaxxxx), wipe off with warm water and – TA-DAAAA beautiful, glowy, fresh, clear skin. As simple as that.

Now what would my post be with out my handy little helper, Winston….

Key ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera – soothes, softens and comforts the skin 
  • Amazonian White Clay – purifying and detoxifying. This helps to remove toxins, excess oil and dead cells.
  • Bentonite – absorbs oil and helps to reduce shine

This product is ideal to use once or twice a week…..or if you are like me and don’t quite stick to a routine as such – just when you remember your skin needs a pick me up every now and again! – Then get this face mask out and have a little fix of loveliness in a pot. 

This retails at Β£21.50, and I think it is really worth the spend. Currently on the Kiehl’s UK website you get 3 complimentary samples and free delivery too!

To view the rare earth cleansing masque on the Kiehl’s website please CLICK HERE

Share your thoughts below if you have used this product too! 

Perhaps my New Years resolution should be to make more effort with my skin care routine…Glowing skin is always in.

Lots of love,

Lisa & Winston πŸ‘ΈπŸΌπŸΎ