Longer, fuller, and more luscious eyelashes are the desire of many, and options are aplenty when it comes to making that a reality. Indeed, there are many way ways to accentuate and highlight areas around the eyes.
Perhaps under the influence of mass media, social trends, and ease of use, you’re probably obtaining fuller lashes by using falsies or eyelash extensions. However, there are inherent risks and health consequences that you need to know.
The quest for longer and more luscious eyelashes can come at a price. Eyelash extensions ¬– single synthetic fibre glued one-by-one to natural eyelashes – are usually fixed in place by formaldehyde-based adhesives or other biologic glues. The adhesives, as well as the solvents used to remove them, can cause allergic reactions. In addition, cosmetic eyelash enhancers carry a risk of bacterial and fungal infection.
Eyelash extensions have also been reported to cause irritation to the conjunctiva or cornea. The irritation can be caused by direct contact from the lashes themselves, or hypersensitivity to the substances used to attach them. Last but not least, eyelash extensions can result in loss of hair (eyelashes). In some cases, they cause thinning of the lashes so much that women feel they have no choice but to continue the vicious cycle. If you find that your lashes are thinning for no apparent reason, perhaps your use of eyelash extensions is the cause.
The College of Optometrists in England has warned that “Repeated use of eyelash extensions can cause traction alopecia – a condition where the hair falls out due to excessive tensions placed on the hair shaft. As a result, this can damage the hair follicle, which can slow down and even cease production of hair.”
Falsies are no better. Tugging and pulling during removal can also remove natural lashes if they get in the way. Falsies also trap dirt and bacteria, creating irritation and infection, and a reaction to the glue can cause allergic swelling of the eyelids. After all, who actually washes or cleans them after use? Most people just leave them in a box or container, making them a magnet for dirt, dust, and other contaminants.
So, is it still possible to get beautiful eyelashes with minimal harmful side-effects?
With a little patience, you can!
Option 1 – Use a conditioning lash serum
Nowadays eyelash serum helps in growing and strengthening of the lashes. Use it in the morning daily just before make up. However, DO NOT USE in the evening before bed to so as to prevent it from accidentally going into your eyes.
Option 2. Eyelash perming
Instead of curling your lashes with a tool as it may cut your lashes if used inappropriately, simply opt for eyelash perming! Done properly, the effects can last up to 2 months!
Option 3 – Use mascara
For a more dramatic effect, use mascara to lengthen or thicken your lashes.
The above suggestions are much better and safer options than falsies or extensions. If you are currently using falsies or extensions, and experience some of the symptoms mentioned above (red eyes, swelling, irritation, general eye discomfort), I’d suggest you stop using them immediately.
All these can be safely administered at home with a little patience and lots of practice. However, if you prefer to have your eyelashes treated by professionals, feel free to make an appointment with us today!