How to Clean Eyelash Extensions at home

How to clean eyelash extensions at home to prevent the buildup of oils, makeup, dirt, and bacteria. If you wear extension lashes often, then you know that you should keep them clean.

How to Clean Eyelash Extensions at Home

Keep in mind that daily cleaning is essential for keeping your eyelash extensions looking beautiful and healthy. Cleaning your lashes on a regular basis will also prevent the build-up of residue from cosmetics products like makeup setting sprays, waterproof mascara, and eye creams.

These residues can cause the glue used to secure the lash extension strips to your natural lashes to break down over time. Fortunately, cleaning your eyelash extensions at home is very simple and will keep them looking good until you are ready to remove them completely. Check out this post on how to remove eyelash extensions using baby oil.

The most effective method of cleaning your eyelash extensions at home is using a lash cleanser and a cleansing brush. However, if you don’t have these items, you can still clean your lashes effectively. The other methods you can use are discussed below.

What Causes Buildup On Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are made of natural human hair and therefore naturally absorb oils and other substances from the skin where they are placed. This is perfectly normal as eyelashes are made to absorb sebum from our skin.

Sometimes, though, oils and other residues from products applied to our eyelashes can build up or become trapped in the hair. This is because the hair itself is not a porous material, unlike human skin.

When this happens, it can cause clumped, darkened, or even falling lashes, as well as a sticky or oily feeling between your eyes. If you have oily eyelids, build-up on your eyelash extensions can also cause a shiny appearance to your lashes.

How to Clean Eyelash Extensions With Baby Shampoo

While baby shampoo is not designed to clean eyelash hair, it is a mild and effective ingredient that is effective in cleaning eyelash extensions. Follow these steps to clean your eyelash extensions with baby shampoo:

Mild baby shampoo is effective in removing any residue that has built up on your extensions, as well as any oil or dirt on the extensions themselves.

Begin by wetting your lashes with water. Gently apply the shampoo onto your extensions using a brush spread the shampoo completely until it reaches the roots. Rinse your extensions thoroughly with a lot of water until the shampoo is clean.

You can avoid getting shampoo residue in your eyes by keeping your eyes closed as you rinse repeatedly until all the shampoo is carried away.

Pat the lashes dry with a soft towel. The final step is to brush through the lash extensions with a clean mascara wand. This step is important so that you can ensure that your lashes dry in the desired shape. It also prevents the lashes from drying while clumped up.

How to Clean Eyelash Extensions With Micellar Water

Micellar waters are a type of cleanser that contain molecules called micelles that assist in the removal of dirt and oil from the skin.

Because they contain no proteins or other substances that can damage your eyelash extensions, they are an effective way to clean your extensions.

Micellar water is designed to remove makeup and is therefore good for cleaning lashes extensions because it will not irritate the eyes.  

Apply the micellar water onto the lash extensions. The best way to ensure that the micellar water reaches the lash roots is using a brush.

Gently brush through the lashes to remove all the buildup and dirt. Rinse your extensions thoroughly with running water until the micellar water is clean.

You can avoid getting micellar water in your eyes by cleaning one eye at a time. Keep the eye you are cleaning shut and use the other one to see what you are doing.

How to Clean Eyelash Extensions With Cetaphil

Cetaphil is an affordable and gentle cleanser that is formulated to suit all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Cetaphil can be used to clean your eyelash extensions without damaging the glue that secures them to your natural lashes. Follow these steps to clean your eyelash extensions with Cetaphil:

It is advisable to clean your eyelash extensions after removing all the other makeup products from your face.

Make sure that the lashes are wet. You can do so by adding water to them. Gently apply the Cetaphil cleanser using a cleansing brush.

Brush through the lash extensions to ensure that the cleanser gets to all the dirt, oils, and buildup.

Rinse your extensions thoroughly using running water until no more cleanser is left on the lashes and around the eyes.

Just like with the previous methods, you can avoid getting Cetaphil cleanser in your eyes by keeping one eye closed.

Can I Wash My Eyelash Extensions After 24 Hours?

Yes, you can wash your eyelash extensions after 24 hours without causing any damage. In fact, you can wash most eyelash extensions after just 8 hours without ruining them. You only need to ensure that the lash glue has bonded.  

In the past, some makeup artists were asking clients not to get their eyelash extensions wet before 48 hours. However, the long wait period is not necessary especially if the lashes have been fixed properly.

As long as you are gentle while cleaning your eyelash extensions, you should not have any problems.

Final Thoughts

Putting makeup on can be a stressful experience, but when you have lashes that look incredible, it’s worth the effort! Natural-looking, long eyelashes are one of the most flattering features a woman can wear.

When you want to maintain your eyelash appearance, you will want to clean them off with a gentle shampoo and water to remove any residual oils and build-up that may be on your lashes.

Contrary to what some people believe, failing to clean your lash extensions will not extend their life. The buildup, oil, and dirt will weaken the glue.

I hope this post on how to clean eyelash extensions at home was helpful and now you know how to keep clean lashes. Follow me on Prime Skincare Pinterest for more beauty posts.  

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