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
- 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.
- 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.
- Once you have rinsed off any remaining cleanser from your eyes – pat them dry with a towel or cotton pad. DO NOT RUB THEM.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.