Guide on How to Wash Face with Eyelash Extensions
Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to wash your face with eyelash extensions!
Maintaining the cleanliness of your face is crucial, but it can become a bit of a challenge when you have eyelash extensions. You might be worried about damaging them or reducing their lifespan. Fear not – with over 15 years of experience, I’ve listed all the essential tips and tricks for you, while also linking the best, tried and true products to use. This guide will walk you through the process, ensuring that your face stays clean and your extensions remain intact for as long as possible.
Let’s dive in!
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Challenges in Maintaining Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions can pose numerous challenges if not properly cared for. One common issue is premature shedding, often caused by improper application or the lash glue being exposed to oil-based products.
Extensions may also twist or flip, causing discomfort and an unnatural appearance. Other problems include the development of allergic reactions or infections due to inadequate hygiene practices.
Lastly, you might find it difficult to effectively clean your face without disturbing the extensions. It’s important to navigate these potential issues carefully to ensure the longevity of your extensions and the health of your natural lashes. Here I will go over the best way to keep your eyelashes intact when washing your face.
Importance of Facial Cleanliness with Eyelash Extensions
Maintaining facial cleanliness when you have eyelash extensions is paramount. It is not just about preserving the beauty and life of your eyelash extensions, but also about safeguarding your natural eyelashes and overall eye health.
Residue makeup, natural oils, dirt, and debris can build up along your lash line, in the follicles and on your false eyelashes. And dirty lashes can potentially lead to conditions like blepharitis, styes or even eyelash mites.
This buildup can also create a oily skin and an environment with excess oil, which can weaken the lash extension glue, causing them to fall out prematurely. Thus, proper cleaning of your face, particularly the eye area, is crucial in maintaining both the aesthetics of your extensions and the health of your eyes.
Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Your Face with Eyelash Extensions
Preparing Your Face for Washing
Just like when we prepare to paint a picture, we must make sure our canvas (in this case, our face) is ready. Start by pulling your hair back with a headband or tie so it doesn’t get in the way.
Just like how you wouldn’t want your hair in your face while you play, you wouldn’t want it in your face while you’re washing it. Make sure you have a clean towel ready to pat your face dry when you’re done.
Your towel needs to be a towel that will not pull on your eyelash extensions, like the one we’ve linked below. Think of it as having a clean, gentle blanket ready after a fun water slide ride. Now, your face is all set and ready for a gentle, refreshing wash!
Choosing the Right Products
Selecting the appropriate products for your face and eyelash extensions is much like picking the right gear for a camping trip. You need reliable, effective tools that are tailored for your unique needs and goals. When choosing a facial cleanser, look for options that are oil-free and alcohol-free.
Oil can break down the adhesive bond that is holding your extensions in place, causing them to fall out prematurely. Alcohol, on the other hand, can be too harsh and drying for your natural lashes.
In addition to the cleanser, you’ll also want to opt for a lash-friendly, oil-free makeup remover. Makeup remover wipes are too rough on fall lashes and can pull them out when used directly on lashes. However, you can use makeup wipes for the rest of your face, but not over your lashes.
Similar to choosing a cleanser, your makeup remover should be oil-free and gentle, so as not to damage your extensions or irritate your eyes. Remember, the right products will not only help you maintain your extensions but also promote the health of your natural lashes, akin to how the right camping gear enables an enjoyable, safe adventure in the great outdoors.
There are the products we recommend that are great for your lashes as well as your overall skincare routine.
Gentle Washing Technique
Think about washing your face with eyelash extensions as if you were tending to a fragile rose garden. You need to be just as delicate and thoughtful.
Start by wetting your face with lukewarm water. Then, apply a small amount of your chosen cleanser to your fingertips – not directly onto the lashes. Gently massage the cleanser into your skin, ensuring you avoid the eye area where your extensions are.
Rinsing should be done with the same, more controlled approach. Cup your hands with water and gently splash it over your face. Take care not to pull or rub your extensions while washing or rinsing.
To wash the extensions, you will need to use an eyelash brush specifically for cleansing and a lash shampoo. Anything else, like cotton pads or cotton buds, will yank them out prematurely. But it is also important to wash the lash extensions and not completely avoid them because clean lash extensions last longer and are better for your eye health.
This gentle approach ensures the longevity of your extensions, reducing the risk of premature shedding. Just as a rose needs the right amount of water and care to bloom beautifully, your lashes require a gentle touch to stay looking their best.
Proper Drying Technique
After washing your face, it’s essential to dry it properly to preserve the life of your lash extensions.
The drying process should be just as gentle as the washing. Do not rub or tug at your clean eyelash extensions or face with the towel as this can cause your extensions to loosen or fall off prematurely. Instead, lightly press the towel against your skin, allowing it to absorb any excess water.
Be particularly careful around the eye area to take proper care of your eyelash extensions. You can also use a fan or a hair-dryer on a cool setting to gently dry your lashes, ensuring they are completely dry. Remember, excessive moisture can weaken the eyelash adhesive.
You also want to brush your false lashes with a clean mascara wand,
The key is to treat your extensions as delicately as you would a silk garment, ensuring their longevity and your continued enjoyment of their beauty.
Post-Washing Care for Eyelash Extensions
Once you’ve washed your face and eyelash extensions, you need to focus on drying them in a safe and effective manner. Never rub or pull on your extensions during the drying process, as this can cause them to fall out or damage your natural lashes by ruining the glue bond.
Instead, after blotting your face with a towel, use a clean, dry spoolie brush to gently brush through your extensions. This will help to remove any lingering moisture and maintain their shape.
To further ensure they are properly dried, consider using a fan or hairdryer on the cool setting. Hold the fan or hairdryer at a safe distance from your face, allowing the cool air to flow over the extensions. This gentle airflow will help dry your lashes without causing them to become overly dry or brittle.
After drying, avoid using mascara or other products on your extensions, as these can weaken the lash adhesive and shorten the lifespan of your extensions. With these careful drying steps, you can maintain the integrity and beauty of your eyelash extensions for a longer period.
Simple steps like avoiding oil-based products and not rubbing or pulling on your extensions will also help to prolong their longevity. By treating them with the same care as a delicate silk garment, you can continue to enjoy the fullness and glamour of your lash extensions. Remember, proper care and maintenance are essential for keeping your eyelash extensions looking their best. So follow these post-washing steps and use the lash-safe products we have recommended.