Raise your hand if you are one of those women who love long, luxuriant lashes.
I don't blame you. I love how long lashes add drama to any look. How fluttering them can make you look playful and flirty at the same time. And how they simply make your eyes pop and add extra oomph.
But did you know that there are some ordinary, everyday things we are doing which can actually harm our lashes?
Doing this just feels so good and satisfying, especially when your eyes are tired. But when you do this too hard or too often you can damage your eyes and can actually pull your eyelashes out. Avoid tugging on your lashes when applying make up or during cleansing as well.Try gently patting your eyes with a damp cloth to soothe them. Remember, both your eyes and your lashes are very delicate.
Using an eyelash curler can give you lashes to die for. But squeezing them repeatedly puts strain and pressure on the roots of your eyelashes. So if you really can't live without it, you must curl them before putting on mascara because the curler can stick to the mascara and pull it out. And don't pull on it or do it too close to the lash rim to avoid damaging the eyelash cuticles and cause lash breakage.
Yes, we get it. Washing our face at the end of a long day is sometimes a chore, especially if you are using waterproof mascara that's tough to remove. But the downside is mascara works by makes our eyelashes stiff, so they are easily prone to breakage. When you crunch your lashes against a pillow case while sleeping they just might break because they are already so brittle!
If your hair dryer can dry out your hair and your skin, it can do just as much damage to your eyelashes. Heat can rob your hair (both the one on your head and your eyes) of vital moisture and cause damage and breakage. Heat, whether direct from an eyelash curler or a blowdryer (which some people use to warm up their curlers) break down your lash hairs and weaken their foundation.
Anything that is expired can't be good or healthy, right? And that includes your makeup! Old mascara can contain harsh bacteria which can cause lash loss, damage and major infections. It is a breeding ground for bacteria because its wet formula and dark containers allow germs to multiply rapidly. So make sure you replace your mascara every 3 months.
Doing this is a great middle ground between using mascara and getting falsies or extensions. Tinting is when you add a special dye to your lashes to make them look darker and fuller. But do not overdo or misuse it. Some very powerful chemicals are used during the process. And frequent exposure to this can make you lose all your lashes permanently or worse, trigger blindness.
Of course, no one will want to do this intentionally. But sometimes, when you get home after a night of partying, you just want to get those falsies off, wash your face, and crawl into bed. If you do this, you just might be taking off some of your precious, natural lashes with it! Do it gently by soaking a Q-tip in an oil-based cleanser to loosen the adhesive on the lash line then gently pull outward from the middle.