Choosing a lash serum for extensions
So, you are loving your eyelash extensions. Congrats! Lash extensions can really boost your lash look to a whole new level. One question I get asked all the time is - can I use an eyelash serum with extensions?
If you want to keep your natural eyelashes healthy while wearing extensions you should consider using a lash serum for extensions.
If you are into having 24/7 insanely long lashes, extensions work much better than applying thick coats of mascara every day.
You don’t have to use a cleanser every day and your routine can be maintained with 6-8 week visits to your friendly lash technician.
Using a lash serum to help keep your lashes strong while you have extensions is an important step in a healthy eyelash maintenance routine. Without one, your lashes could become brittle, damaged and even permanently wrecked.
Here are our top 5 things to remember when choosing a lash serum for use with your extensions.
- Yes, lash serums are safe to use with extensions
- Pick a lash serum that does not contain oil
- Make sure your lash serum has vitamins in the formula
- Don’t overuse the serum
- Apply in the morning
If you follow these 5 tips, you’ll keep your lashes healthy while rocking those fabulous eyelash extensions!
1 – Can I Really Use a Lash Serum With My Extensions?
Absolutely! Especially, if you are planning on wearing lash extensions for more than 6 months.
Many lash technicians recommend their clients take a break from extensions after some period of time. Usually, 4-6 weeks is enough for your lashes to naturally rejuvenate.
In some cases, it might take longer, depending on the skill of your lash tech, but a 1-2 month break should suffice.
Using a lash serum while wearing extensions keeps your lashes healthy and can reduce the time needed to repair your natural eyelashes.
Pro tip: use a lash serum while on your 4-6 week break to speed up the healing process!
2 – Pick a lash serum without oil
Many eyelash serums on the market contain various oils. Castor oil, coconut oil and almond oil are some common lash serum ingredients.
Oil is great at a few things. Dissolving the various glues used in eyelash serums, or any glue, is one of them.
If you want your eyelash extensions to stay in for as long as possible, it makes sense to keep any oil away from your eyes while wearing them.
When choosing a lash serum for extensions, remember, avoid all oils in the ingredient list!
3 – Make sure your lash serum contains vitamins
Lash extensions are fibers that are attached to your natural lashes. Imagine the work that your lashes undergo to keep from falling out from the extra weight!
Additionally, some glues can irritate your lash line and prevent them from staying hydrated.
Look at the label of any lash serum you are considering and make sure it contains vitamins.
Panthenol (vitamin B-5), Biotin (vitamin B-7) and Vitamin E are all great options.
Each one of these vitamins will keep your lashes nourished and hydrated while helping to prevent breakage.
4 – Don’t over-apply the lash serum
Most lash serums are packed with lash boosting ingredients and only require one dip of the applicator for both eyes. This is especially important to remember if you are wearing extensions.
Using too much lash serum can have the same effect as using oils. Large amounts of serum applied to your eyes might weaken the glue and cause your extensions to fall out faster.
One dip, two swipes and you’re set.
5 – Apply the lash serum in the morning
We mentioned that lash extensions require less daily maintenance than mascara. If you are using a lash serum to keep your lashes healthy while wearing extensions you are going to want to apply it every day.
The best time to apply your lash serum is in the morning because:
- You can reduce the chances of lash serum getting in your eyes
- You can reduce the potential for irritation as our eyes become more sensitive when sleeping
- You’ve just cleaned your face and there is a lower risk of particles getting in your eye
If you do choose to apply the serum at night, wait at least a few minutes before heading to bed. This tip can save you from irritation or infection.
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