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3 things to think about before you get eyelash extensions

There’s no shortage of methods to getting full-looking lashes, and the obsession with getting the darkest, longest, and thickest look possible has been around for centuries. The most obvious method is by using mascara, which has long been the go-to choice. Until the rise of eyelash extensions, that is! Now, more and more people are enhancing their natural lashes with extensions made of individual fibres that are glued to their eyelashes.

Many people can get them, but are these extensions, and the glue that goes with them, safe for your eyes? They can be… but only if you’re very careful. Since your eyelashes have the important function of protecting your eyes from wind and dust, it’s vital to make sure that you’ve considered a few things before your appointment.

Make sure your eyelash extension beautician is qualified

Even though eyelash extensions are still relatively new, there are still many things you can look at to determine if the technician you have in mind is the right one for you. First, make sure they are certified or licensed by an accredited institution. They’re also likely to have an Instagram page where you can look at their work and make sure that each extension is evenly placed. This is also a great chance to make sure their studio is clean and maintains proper hygiene.

Consider your eye health

If you’ve recently had laser eye surgery, conjunctivitis, or a stye, you might want to rethink eyelash extensions. And, if you have sensitive skin, the materials or glue might cause a reaction (which also impacts your eyes). If your technician is well-trained, they’ll help you figure out if extensions are actually the right choice for your eyes.

Eyelash extensions and contacts

Can you wear contacts while getting eyelash extensions? If you wear contact lenses, make sure you remove them before your extensions are applied.

Assess the side-effects of eyelash extensions

Eyelash extensions might look great in the short term, but there are long term risks that come with them, such as:

  • Irritation and redness
  • Inflammation, swelling, and infection
  • Allergic reaction from the lash adhesive
  • Temporary (or permanent) loss of natural eyelashes as extensions fall out, and
  • Dry eyes.

While the easiest way to prevent negative side-effects might be to abstain from extensions at all, the second best way is to make them a ‘special occasions only’ indulgence. If you do notice side effects, see your optometrist immediately so that you can treat any potential infection immediately. Already worried about potential damage to your eyes? Book an eye test at your nearest Optical Express today.

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