You have just done your new set and infill of lash extensions, and everyone has admired their elegant beauty. You have strolled around the city and have made it back home. Now comes your bedtime and night routine.
Most of us tend to wash our faces with lukewarm water and add a moisturizer. However, will you think twice about applying an eye cream to your eyelids or under-eye area? The last thing you want is to compromise your fresh new lash extensions.
Let us help you find your perfect eye cream in the article below. We will also talk about tips & tricks when it comes to your application technique, as well as ways you can prolong the lifespan of your new pair of lashes.
Let’s get started!
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Can You Wear Eye Cream With Lash Extensions?
You can wear eye creams with eyelash extensions, as long as you use an oil-free cream since oils can break down the eyelash adhesive over time making lash extensions fall out. Eye gels are recommended because they dry faster and leave no oily residue on top of your skin.
The eye cream is for the skin of your eyelids, not the lashes.
Many of the products that are sold for use around the eye area are made with skin-softening oils or skin-nourishing but oily ingredients.
These types of products are not recommended for use by eyelash extension wearers because they can dissolve the lash adhesive over time and cause poor lash retention.
It is important for eyelash extension wearers to avoid using products around their eyes, especially near or touching their eyelids, that contain oils or oily ingredients, including mineral oil, paraffin wax, lanolin, petroleum jelly, vegetable oil, petrolatum, etc. This includes eye creams or ointments with these ingredients but also mascaras, eyeliners, eyeshadows, and foundations.
If you have had an issue with lashes falling out after using an oil-based product in your daily regimen such as an eye cream, find a new product without these types of oils in it to use in the areas around your eyes.
Did you know that certain oils can be used to remove lash extensions at home?
Bottom line: yes, you can use an eye cream with eyelash extensions but not any cream. Instead, eye gels are better suited for lash extensions.
Let’s see why.
Eye Gel VS Eye Cream
There are generally speaking two types of under-eye products available on the market: eye creams and eye gels.
Eye creams: Eye creams are richer than gels, usually with more oils or other moisturizing ingredients. If you have dry skin around your eyes, that’s probably a good thing.
If you want your skin to be well-nourished in that area, a cream will deliver more of what it needs.
Eye gels: Eye gels are designed to hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes, and minimize the appearance of fine lines. They contain a variety of ingredients, including glycerin, aloe, Vitamin C, and various minerals.
They also typically include certain preservatives commonly found in facial moisturizers.
Eye gels are generally more of a liquid consistency than eye creams. They are also more likely to be oil-free when compared to eye creams.
Why an Eye Gel Is Better for You
Although it may look like these two types of eye products are fairly similar and that their consistency or long-lasting effect is the same, the truth is a lot different.
Why and how so?
- When you apply the cream to your under-eye area, you should remember and know that when you close your eyes, the underside of the upper lashes gets eye cream on them.
- When you apply the cream to your upper eyelid, some product may come in contact with your upper lash line.
Choosing the wrong eye cream can break down the eyelash adhesive while also causing dust and skin particles to clump the lashes together
If your lash extensions are quite long, wispy, or voluminous, the chances of them getting in contact with your eye cream are high up there.
For this reason, eye gels are the preferred choice of eyelash extensions wearer. Eye gels dry faster than eye creams and leave no oily residue on top of your skin.
Having said that, a cautiously applied oil-free eye cream is still ok for your lashes, just not as hassle-free.
How to Apply Eye Cream With Lash Extensions
If you are worried about making a mess and you simply wish to prolong the lifespan of your lash extensions, make sure that you’re gentle and cautious. Here is how to apply an eye cream in 4 basic steps!
Step 1: Work With a Clean Base
Your skin should be cleansed, free of makeup, as well as toned. You should also wash your hands & fingernails so that your application is a lot more smooth, hygienic, and even
Step 2: Apply the Cream to Your Fingertip
Do not be too heavy-handed with the product. Sometimes, less is truly more. Do not forget that it is always easier for you to re-add the product than for you to take away or remove the residue. Take a pea-sized amount and preferably apply it with your ring finger.
Step 3: Apply to the Upper Eyelid
You should never wipe the eye cream across your eyelids or skin. Swiping or rubbing the skin can cause premature fine lines & noticeable signs of aging. Make sure that you make light & slow tapping motions working inward to the outer corners of your under eyes. Light pressure is a must-do.
Step 4: Apply to the Under-Eye Area
Since you want to be careful & cautious in regard to your lashes, I highly recommend that you keep your eyes wide open and try to blink as little as possible. This way, you will avoid any type of contact with your extensions with the product itself.
Pro Tip: If you are running late and you have to speed up your skincare routine, get yourself a mini fan! With it and by drying your face/eyelid area, the product will sink and absorb 10x faster!
Best Oil-Free Eye Cream for Eyelash Extensions (#1 Recommendation)
Not too sure where to shop or what to look for? Oftentimes retailers will not know what is good for your targeted skin concern, and some will not have a straightforward answer when it comes to eyelash extensions.
The most important thing to remember is that your eye cream or moisturizer must be oil-free. Here are our top picks!
#1 Philosophy Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream
Philosophy gel cream: Although not a specifically designed eye cream, this is one of the best oil-free products on the market to moisturize your skin. The gel texture feels refreshing and it contains glycerin and rosemary leaf extract. This is one of my favorite moisturizers hands down.
#2 CETAPHIL Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream
Cetaphil eye gel can be used daily, especially with your eyelash extensions. It gently hydrates the delicate skin around the eye. Enjoy its tube, 15ml packaging, as well as calming ingredients. This cream does have hyaluronic acid which is exactly what you will need, meaning that it will dry quickly yet focus on your targeted skin concern without getting into your lash extensions. Hyaluronic acid is a key molecule involved in skin moisture.
#3 Paula’s Choice Anti-Aging Eye Gel
Paula’s Choice eye gel is a great oil-free option to moisturize the eye area and dry eyelids. It contains peptides, panthenol, and green tea extract to help reduce puffiness and dark circles.
I like this product a lot because it helps keep my skin hydrated and plump without leaving a heavy feeling.
Remember, oily eye creams are the archnemesis of lash extensions. Make sure to read the ingredient label carefully.
Your new pair of lashes will give you the ultimate confidence boost while making you look like a feminine yet minimalistic beauty lover.
Once you add the right skincare items to your beauty routine and you take care of your everyday habits just know that you will glow inside out!
Apply these simple tips & tricks when it comes to your new pair of eyelash extensions and be sure that they will last you for a while.
Have more questions or concerns? Just let me know in the comments section and we will answer all of your questions in a matter of hours!
– Asako 🙂
- Paula’s Choice Research & Education Team. Eye Creams vs. Eye Gels: Which Should You Use? Retrieved from https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/eye-creams/eye-creams-vs-eye-gels-which-should-you-use.html (Accessed on 26 October 2021)
- Eleni Papakonstantinou, Michael Roth and George Karakiulakis. Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/ (Accessed on 26 October 2021)
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Asako Ito is the Co-Founder of Divine Lashes and a certified eyelash stylist. She has garnered acclaim for her cutting-edge techniques in the lash industry.
Holding multiple certifications and licenses, including Luxury Eye, THE LASH SHOP, World Microblading, and The Lash Bible, she has a constant thirst for knowledge. These credentials reflect her commitment to excellence and staying at the forefront of lash and brow artistry.
With over 10 years of experience, Asako continuously increases her knowledge both as a technician and educator by collaborating with top lash artists worldwide. You can read her full bio here.