Whether you are a lash enthusiast who has been obsessed with extensions for years or a lash beginner who is just stepping into this glamorous world - we all know that having gorgeous eyelashes comes with its price. From specific rules and aftercare techniques to regular touch-ups, having eyelash extensions require proper care.
One of the most important rules in maintaining lashes is avoiding moisture and water. But, wait - does that mean no showers and no face cleansing routines? Well, no! In today's article, we would like to discuss how you can shower and take baths without damaging your eyelash extensions. And so, if you would like to find out about the best tips and tricks of the industry - keep on reading!
Can You Get Eyelash Extensions Wet
First things first, let's quickly break down why avoiding moisture and water is so important. It only takes one lash session to know that those tiny little fibers are attached with super-strong glue, and that glue is called cyanoacrylate or lash glue for short.
As most adhesives and glues go, cyanoacrylate has its specific chemical composition. Water and moisture break down the bond between the cyanoacrylate and the natural lash. That is why it's highly recommended and paramount that no moisture gets near the lash extensions for the first 24 to 48 hours.
Having said that, there are ways you can comfortably shower and wash your face without breaking down that bond.
How To Shower With Eyelash Extensions
After the first 24-48 hours have passed water-free, you can shower normally with your gorgeous extensions. Nevertheless, less moisture exposure means less chance of the fibers falling off prematurely. So, with that being said, let's begin with how you can shower immediately after getting lash extensions.
One great way to avoid water exposure is by regulating the shower jets and faucets. If your shower jet is adjustable, we highly suggest lowering the head so it is placed around the neck and collarbone area. This way, not only will your face avoid direct water exposure, but the droplets won't bounce off and meet your lashes.
Decreasing the water pressure during showers can also do wonders for our eyelashes. The harsher the pressure and force - the more chance of splashing, spraying, and water going everywhere. Defeating our initial and primary purpose.
Surprisingly enough, this next tip has become a super trend in the lash community. If you haven't touched your pool goggles since middle school - it's time to bring out those bad boys. Because another way you can protect your eyelashes and the delicate bond is to use pool goggles when taking a shower.
But remember this important step - loosen up the straps in the back. The tighter the goggles wrap around your eyes, the less space you'll create between the goggle lenses and your newly-done eyelashes. No one wants botched-up lash extensions on the first day. And last but not least, make sure your goggles are clean and chlorine-free.
If you love to shower with steamy hot water - then you're not alone! But when it comes to showering with fresh eyelash sets - certain things have to be changed, which means switching to lower water temperatures.
As the hot water creates and builds up a lot of steam, your eyelash extensions may fall victim to moisture. To avoid this problem, opt for warm or lukewarm water and, if possible, try to get out of the shower sooner!
Most of us are guilty of rubbing our eyes (along with our eyelashes) when taking a shower. But this is exactly what you don't want to do.
Even if you follow the proper showering rules, be mindful to keep your hands away from your eyes. A simple tug or a pull at your lashes can do a lot of damage, especially if the glue isn't fully dried and the attachments are insecure.
Another way our eyelashes can suddenly get moist is by introducing the fibers to sweat. This can happen if you have a rigorous workout or fitness routine that requires a lot of energy. The harder the workouts, the more power and energy we use up, and the more sweat trickles down our foreheads.
Here is an excellent tip to working out with newly-applied lash extensions. Before you start your routine, grab a headband or a tight bandana. Wrapping these cloths around your forehead will absorb the sweat and keep the moisture away from your lashes.
How To Wash Your Face With Eyelash Extensions
Along with daily showers, most of us love our face cleansing routines. If you are a skincare lover, here is how you can complete your daily cleansing routine without getting your lash extensions wet.
With your favorite cleanser by your side, apply the product onto your cheeks, nose, and forehead while avoiding the eye area. Begin washing your face by first rinsing down the cleanser on your cheeks. With slow and steady motions, gently remove the cleanser.
Once the cheek area is clean, go ahead and move on to the nose. Again, make sure you don't rush the process, as not to cause any water splashing. And remember, not to use very hot or scalding water.
Then it's time for the final and most cautious step - cleansing the forehead. If you don't want any water to drip down, go ahead and grab a damp washcloth. Instead of washing your face with your fingers, the washcloths will absorb excess water and moisture. A perfect way to avoid the water dripping down to your gorgeous lashes!
What To Do If Eyelashes Get Wet
Even though these tricks will keep your lashes water-free, accidents do happen, and lash extensions may encounter some moisture. If that happens, here is what you can do to protect the delicate attachment and bond.
A great way to get rid of excess moisture is to use tissue paper. With very light blotting motions, carefully place the tissue paper onto the lash line. But remember not to wipe or pull on the eyelashes.
As we've mentioned, even though the lash glue completely dries down in a couple of days, it's always a good choice not to irritate the lash extensions. Did you know there are beneficial tips and tricks you can incorporate into your usual everyday routines? From substituting certain makeup products to daily lash cleanses, let's take a look at how you can prevent premature fall-out with these simple tips and steps.
A rule and tip you should keep in the back of your mind - is to shy away from using makeup products. Well, at least for the first couple of hours or days. This rule goes for mascaras, eyeliners, heavy foundation, and eye creams.
Along with the added weight from the mascara layers, the fiber extensions are very fragile during the first few hours of the treatment. As any makeup product requires application, it's best not to irritate or go near the newly added extension sets.
What about makeup removers? It's no secret that the beauty world and makeup industry are rich in diverse and versatile products. Well, luckily for us lash lovers, this means we can remove our makeup with oil-free products.
Just like water, oil can trigger the strong-adhesive bonds to break down. That is why it's highly recommended to stay away from oil-based and oil-heavy removers. Instead, you can switch to oil-free products and cleansers for a seamless removal process.
How To Wash Your Lashes
And for our final tip, let's see how creating a daily lash cleansing routine can be very beneficial to your eyelash extensions. Throughout the day, our lashes are exposed to many different things and substances, and whether it be makeup or the natural oils from our eyelids.
All of this unnecessary excess exposure can create a build-up right around our lash lines, very close to those new lash extensions. Not only will the build-up slowly break down the lash glue, but it may also lead to painful eye infections!
The best way to avoid these processes from taking place is to perform daily lash cleansing routines. With a lash cleanser and a clean mascara wand, you can remove all the build-up and keep your lashes oil and chemical-free!
As you see, avoiding moisture for the first 24-48 hours after getting your lash extensions isn't as hard as you might have thought. With these quick and easy steps, you can bypass water and moisture while also ensuring your lashes are protected and intact at all times.