How To Care For Your Eyelashes During Lockdown

With our normal routine life currently on hold we understand that your day-to-day beauty care has become a bit harder, especially for those of us that have eyelash extensions - so to make it a little easy we have put together a few lash care tips to keep your extensions and natural lashes clean and healthy until you can get back into the salon.

Do not remove extensions by yourself

Eyelashes, and all hair for that matter, shed and it’s completely natural! We all have different lash cycles, but on average we lose around five eyelashes a day. There are many contributing factors that can impact the health of an eyelash and its lifespan.

Did you know that lashes depend on the quality of the blood that feeds the Dermal Papilla at the base of each hair follicle. Our blood quality can be compromised by many external factors such as medication, our emotions, hormones and even the weather.

The good news is that there are various things we can do to improve the quality of the blood that feeds the eyelashes:

★ Increase your intake of Vitamin D - We keep mentioning it - but regular exposure to the sunlight will increase Vitamin D which is a major player in keeping the human body healthy. Bit tricky at this time of year so consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.

★ A well-balanced diet packed with nutrients and iron rich food - things like spinach, pumpkin seeds, red meat or kidney beans will help nourish the blood cells. Healthy eating = healthy lashes!

★ We all know that exercise is good for us but it also increases blood flow to circulate more oxygen and nutrients to the blood cells - this in turn increases the quality of blood that feeds the Dermal Papilla.

As your current eyelashes approach the end of their lifespan, you might be wondering what to do with them. But believe us; removing them by yourself is not a good idea. The eyelash extensions are attached to your natural lashes by a permanent adhesive material. Trying to remove them will make your natural lashes fall off with the extensions. So avoid picking!

Instead of using removal gel on your eyelash extensions, be patient, and let them shed on their own or you could speed up the process by applying baby oil or coconut oil to your lashes to break down the glue and make them loosen faster. However, this is not a fast process, so you will have to be patient while the extensions shed naturally.   

Clean your lashes frequently

Did you know that make-up can be detrimental to your lashes so it’s super important to look after them in every way we can.

At No-ThirtySix we offer a lash cleansing kit for just £6 - the foam shampoo gently removes any make-up or impurities without breaking down the adhesive bonds, whilst helping to maintain and protect your lashes from infections and bacteria to improve longevity.

This little kit comes with a gentle cleansing brush which allows you to fully and precisely cleanse the eye area and lash line.

If you have lash extensions, your natural lashes are likely to be damaged and weak. Use a good lash serum on them to help them rejuvenate, such as LashBase Lash Growth Serum. Lash serums contain essential chemicals like peptides, vitamins, and antioxidants that help in strengthening and conditioning the eyelashes. These serums are pretty effective and they show results in four to eight weeks of using them.

Brush your lashes gently with the gentle cleansing brush we provide you in our lash cleaning kit to groom your lashes. Try to also sleep on your back or side to protect your lashes as you sleep or try a SMUG sleeping mask - with a unique contoured dome design, SMUG sleeping masks leave space around the eye area removing any disturbance or friction caused by the rapid eye movement sleep phase... making them completely 'eyelash friendly'.

Be aware:

Do not use a regular eyelash curler on your extensions. Do not tint or perm them at least till the lockdown ends. Avoid rubbing your eyes if you have extensions and you haven’t had a refilling appointment recently, because those gaps created by the shedding of the eyelashes won’t look brilliant.

Keep your eyelash extensions away from oil-based and waterproof makeup products as it will only break down the glue that holds your extensions. So it’s good to avoid oil-based cleansers or makeup removers or any product that contains oil. Replace those products with gel-based ones. Also, don’t use waterproof products if possible. They have the same effects as oil-based cleansers.