Saunas can loosen your muscles and help you relax – but do they also loosen something you want to stay stuck fast: your long, luscious lashes? Can you go in a sauna with eyelash extensions?
Avoid saunas and steam rooms for at least 48 hours after you have lash extensions applied. After the first 2 days, limit how often you use the sauna or steam room, keep your sessions short, and gently clean your lashes with an extension-friendly cleanser afterward.
If sauna time and extensions are your feel-good must-haves, you might be looking for a way to keep them both in your life. I’ll share tips to help you let off steam in the sauna without losing your lashes!
Let’s dive in!
Are Saunas Safe For Eyelash Extensions?
You must stay out of the sauna and steam room for at least 2 days after you get extensions. But try to avoid these hot spots for at least 5 days after your procedure.
Sitting in the sauna or steam room too soon after you get your fabulous new lashes can stop the extension fibers from attaching properly to your natural lashes, making them more likely to fall out. Talk about turning what should be a stress-busting experience into a stress-triggering one, right?
After the waiting period, it’s safer to go in saunas and steam rooms, but you’re not free to bask in the heat to your heart’s content.
Saunas and steam rooms get incredibly hot – steam rooms are about 110°F, and saunas get even hotter, up to 195°F.1 Add steam to the heat (some saunas also get steamy), and, over time, the scorching temperatures and high humidity can soften and break down the adhesive that sticks your extensions to your natural lashes.
What’s more, saunas and steam rooms make you sweat it out – giving you not just a dewy glow but a dripping forehead! Sweat contains salt and oil, and if it gets onto your lashes, the salt and oil can build up, potentially loosening your extensions’ grip on your natural lashes.
If you want to dodge anything that can speed extension loss, skip the sauna and steam room.
3 Rules to Follow When Going into a Sauna With Fake Lashes
For everyone who thinks soothing heat is worth a weaker extension hold, here are my top 3 tips for limiting the damage while you’re in the sauna or steam room:
Tip #1: Stick to Short, Infrequent Sessions
Limit your time in the humidity and heat and their negative effects on your extensions by indulging in sauna and steam room sessions only once in a while. Plus, keep your sessions to 5 minutes or shorter.
Tip #2: Wear Lash Extension Sealer
Protect your extensions by applying a lash extension sealer before you use the sauna or steam room.
Simply swipe on a coat of the sealer daily to protect against threats like steam and sweat, so your extensions stay put for longer. My top picks are Blink Black Diamond Sealant and BL Crystal Drop Eyelash Coating Sealant.
Tip #3: Clean Your Lashes After Your Session
Gently clean your extensions with a mild cleanser after you leave the sauna or steam room to stop salt and oil from settling down on your lashes and weakening the extension adhesive.
Sauna With Eyelash Extensions – Key Takeaways
You can go in a sauna or steam room 48 hours after getting extensions – but make this an occasional, quick pamper sesh, clean your lashes when you’re done, and consider applying a lash extension sealer before things heat up.
- Corey Whelan – medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT (2019). How and Why to Use a Sauna. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-use-a-sauna (Accessed on 26 September 2022)