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Our lashes are some of the most sensitive hairs on our body. It would only make sense that we need to give them a little extra care. Many people are going around wearing 6 month old mascara or curling their lashes after mascara. These betrayals have got to stop!
When caring for your lashes, you should always moisturize them, wash your make-up off of your face and throw away the old mascara bottles. You should also make sure that you leave your waterproof mascara usage to a minimum, avoid eyelash extensions, and reduce the amount of heat that you put on your lashes.
This article will detail the top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for maintaining healthy lashes. You can reference this article whenever you need. Enjoy, Chic!
These are some eyelash hacks that you should absolutely do for healthy lashes!
Yepp, that is right. If you have a mascara bottle in your bag for longer than 6 months, that thing has got to go! Mascara brushes can collect dead skin and mites and the tube can become a playground for bacteria. Not to mention, mascara can get a little clumpy after 6 months anyways.
Sustainability Hack: Only buy one tube of mascara at a time and finish it before buying a new one. You will use less packaging and be sure to use up all the mascara before moving on to a new one!
Yes, you. Don’t forget to wash that mascara off before falling asleep. Even if you are hella tired. Even if you are spending the night at your boo’s house. Wearing mascara to bed is terrible for your lashes. It will dry them out and make them fall out quicker than they should. Not to mention, it is not good for your eyes or your eyelids. Just trust us on this one.
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Not just temporary growth either. You can buy an eyelash growth serum to condition your lashes (per the above point) and also nourish them for optimal growth. This step should come before moisturizer though. When picking an eyelash growth serum, make sure that you inspect the ingredients list. It’s usually better to go with an all-natural eyelash growth serum. Apply nightly before bed and watch those puppies grow!
Want to avoid clumpiness? According to Cosmopolitan, “Pros swear by lash combs for separating and preventing splodges – but we find them fiddly and time-consuming. Get rid of excess mascara by wiping the wand on a tissue, eliminating blobbiness before you start.” That is a great hack that I had no idea about. Here’s to new things and less clumpiness.
Again, according to Cosmopolitan, “Holding the brush horizontally and wiggling it back and forth will give you voluminous lashes, while holding it vertically and running the tip of the brush along the length of your lashes will leave you with a longer, more natural look." This piece of advice comes from Brooke Shunatona, Beauty Editor at Cosmo, and we will be taking her word for it!
These are some eyelash don’ts that you should watch out for!
You may be too harsh in your removal methods. According to VerilyMag, “If you’re experiencing eyelash fallout, it’s likely that you’re simply being too aggressive with your removal. If you’re rubbing your chosen makeup removal product such that it pulls or tugs around the eye area, then you may see lashes loosen or fall out.” Instead, you should remove gently with a cotton ball or q-tip dipped in make-up remover or an oil to first loosen up the mascara! This will make the removal process much easier.
Eyelash extensions are certainly a short-cut to longer and luscious lashes, but they do come with their fair share of problems. For one, the lash extensions can weigh heavily on your natural lashes, making them fall out before their Telogen phase is complete. Beyond that, eyelash extensions can attract dust mites to your eyelashes (yuck!) and dry out your eyes. Some people have experienced long-term lash loss due to extended eyelash extension use. Sure, it’s nice to get them for special occasions like a wedding or vacation, but try to avoid extended use!
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That’s right - you heard us. Stop using your heated eyelash curler or heating your lash curler up with your blow-dryer before curling. Heat is not good for your lashes. According to Insider, “Intense heat can break down those lash hairs and weaken their foundation.” Best to avoid.
You come home after a long night out. You can’t wait to get your false lashes off so that you can pass out! But, if you simply just rip your falsies off, you can take some lashes with you. Not ideal! According to Insider, “The gentlest way to remove them is to soak a Q-tip in an oil-based cleanser to loosen the adhesive on the lash line. Then gently pull from the middle of the falsie outward to protect yourself from serious damage." Save this tip for after a night out to save yourself some precious lashes!
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Some people with blonde or red hair might want to tint their eyelashes to make them permanently dark. This is fine to do every once in a while, or for a special occasion, but making eyelash tinting a usual part of your beauty process can be damaging to your eyes and lashes. There are some very powerful chemicals (and adult allergens) in the formula used to tint lashes: p-Phenylenediamine, formaldehyde, and fragrance. Formaldehyde is also used as a preservative in mortuaries… yah, to preserve dead people. May be best to avoid this treatment.
Overall, your lashes are sensitive hairs and need to be treated like the royalty that they are! Wash your make-up off, moisturize your lashes, and avoid harmful treatments to the lashes. One of the easiest ways to avoid excessive treatments for your lashes is to use a natural eyelash growth serum to grow your eyelashes naturally.
Take care for now, dear! Best wishes to you and your lashes :)
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