We all want to feel glamorous with lash extensions make them last as long as possible. One myth that most women believe is if they don't get them wet, they will last longer. However avoiding water and improper cleansing can lead to dirt build up or even worse....Lash Mites!!! Gross!
Blepharitis is a common problem amongst those who do not have good eyelid hygiene. It’s defined as ‘inflammation of the eyelid’ and seems from my research to be a condition that is annoying and irritating rather than dangerous.
Basically, when not washed away properly dead skin cells can build up on the eyelids and cause itchiness and inflammation. This means that the eyes/eyelids will feel itchy, block the hair follicles, and end up looking a bit red and sore. You’ll end up itching your eyes and playing with your extensions (even in your sleep when you don’t even realize you’re doing it!) and they can start to come off. Some people that have blepharitis think they are having a minor allergic reaction to eyelash extensions, then when they start properly cleansing their lids and extensions, they discover that they are not at- behold, the itchiness disappears very quickly! When you start up a proper cleansing regimen, your eyes will feel much better and your extensions last longer.
- Remove all eye-makeup using an oil and glycol-free makeup remover. If taking off eyeliner, use a cotton tip dipped in remover and wipe it across your lid, or away from the lid. Never towards the extensions. Don’t use cotton balls as you’ll get into a furry mess, as they will catch on the bases of the extensions.
- If you are wearing heavy foundation, remove this too before washing eyes, using your cleanser of choice but AVOIDING the eye area. Some cleansers contain oil, particularly cream cleansers and ‘cleansing oils’ (dah!)
- Wet your eyes with cool water. Take a very, very small amount of a lash shampoo (We recommend Lash Game) and lather it up on your palm. Apply this to both eyes, one at a time, splashing it over them. Don’t rub them like you’re washing hair though; just gently splash it over your closed eyes. If your eyes still feel grubby, repeat.
- Rinse it off and dab them gently dry. It doesn’t matter if they are a little damp, stuck together with water etc., when you brush them they will re-separate.
- Use your lash wand to very gently twirl through them and fan them back out.
- Do this 2-3 times per week.