Mascara + Natural Lash Health
If you wear lash extensions you have probably heard it a thousand times, wearing mascara over your extensions is a major NO-NO. Mascara will close up your beautiful volume fans, it will contribute to excessive buildup on your lash line, and it will negatively impact your retention. Can you say lash extension money down the drain...? BUT what if you aren’t an extension wearer? Are there still tips for keeping your natural lashes healthy?
Today let’s talk mascara + natural lash health
Natural Lash Tip Number 1: Always remove your mascara before bed!! I’m serious, don’t sleep with it on EVER! This is because mascara coats your natural lashes and restricts moisture which causes your natural lashes to become more stiff and brittle. The friction from your pillow is going to cause pulling on your lashes and that in turn can easily cause them to break because they are already in a dry state.
Natural Lash Tip Number 2: Waterproof mascara is NOT an EVERYDAY mascara. If you want to avoid raccoon eyes and have fabulous carefree lashes while swimming think about a lash lift and tint but PLEASE do not use a waterproof mascara every day all summer long. Waterproof mascara is so difficult to remove and I’m sure we have all been there, rubbing and scrubbing till the skin around our eyes feel raw trying to remove it all. That continuous tugging and pulling causes the lash follicles to become weaker and could eventually cause the lashes to fall out prematurely. Reminder, don’t sleep with your waterproof mascara just so you can avoid the scrubbing because that’s just as damaging to your natural lashes (REMEMBER. Tip 1)
Natural Lash Tip Number 3: Ditch the cotton. My absolute must-have item to remove eye makeup is the Organic Eye-Makeup Removal Cloth by Endure Beauty. I seriously can not live without this cloth! I love it when I am wearing lash extensions because it doesn’t catch and pull on the bases. It removes shadows so effortlessly and you're only using water so it's way more cost effective and environmentally friendly than those drug store makeup removal cloths. I equally love this cloth when I’m going extension free. It gently removes the mascara and you're not going to get little pieces of cotton tangled up in your lash line or pieces flaking on your skin or even worse being pushed into your eyes.
Natural Lash Tip Number 3.5: Don’t rush the removal process. I say this is tip 3.5 because I think its an extension of tip number 3. My mascara removal tip is to allow the mascara to soften for a good 5-10 seconds before you even consider wiping and when you do start to wipe away the mascara start at the lash line and roll out toward the tip of your nose, not any of that back and forth rubbing. When you wipe back and forth or in circular motions you're just rubbing mascara into your face and you're creating friction that can cause the lash follicles to weaken.
Natural Lash Tip Number 4: Quick picking. This goes for your lashes and your skin...but let's focus on your lashes right now. Do NOT pick your mascara off of your lashes! This is damaging! Enough said.
Natural Lash Tip Number 5: Mascara has an expiration date. You cannot keep a tube of mascara for a year and “extend its life” by adding a little water to it. The average life span for a tube of mascara is about 3-5 months. Using a mascara past its expiration means you are putting yourself at risk for bacterial infection. Think of it like keeping leftover food in the fridge for too long. After too long, mold starts to grow in the Tupperware and if you are anything like me I just end up tossing the whole container. Keep that same mindset with your mascara. If the seasons are changing, toss your mascara and go by a new one!
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