I often get asked if I can tan, spray tan, or sunbed with eyelash extensions. There are a few simple precautions that will ensure that your extensions do not get damaged during the process.
As a lash artist, I know my clients love other beauty treatments and it’s my duty to know how they can protect them during these.
Let’s dive into it!
Can You Tan With Eyelash Extensions?
Yes, you can tan with lash extensions if you minimize heat and UV ray exposure. To do so, minimize your exposure time and wear protective eye gear such as sunglasses, goggles, or even a wide-brimmed hat.
So, why do you need to take these precautions when going in the sun?
Because excessive heat may weaken the lash adhesive and cause it to become loose and flimsy. In some cases, the lash glue may not be strong enough to hold the extensions in place. This can cause the eyelash extensions to easily fall off.
Can You Get a Spray Tan With Eyelash Extensions?
Getting a spray tan with eyelash extensions is absolutely fine. Make sure to wear goggles that will protect your lashes during the treatment. Also, avoid any tanning solution around the eye area since they often contain oils.
An interesting question to ask is should you get a spray tan first and then eyelash extensions or should you do it in the opposite order?
Although it’s possible to get your lashes done first, I generally recommend waiting after your spray tan to get your lash extensions applied. This way, we err on the side of caution and there’s no risk of staining your freshly applied lashes.
“If your schedule allows it, it is best to go for a spray tan first and then go for eyelash extensions the next day. That way, you will be able to completely clean the tanning solution and come to your lash appointment with a cleansed lash line.“
After spray tanning, wait a few hours for the tan to settle. Follow your tanning salon instructions for when you can wash off the solution. Some salons now only require a few hours depending on the solution they use.
Once the tanning solution is washed, then get your eyelashes done. That way, you can ensure a clean lash application.
Having said that, if you choose to go for the eyelash extensions first, let’s see how you can protect your new set.
How to Protect Eyelash Extensions During a Spray Tan
- Cover your eyes: Wear protective goggles, so that the tanning solution does not come in contact with your lashes.
- Avoid moisture: If you’ve just had your lashes done, no moisture can come into contact with them for at least the first 4 hours. You might still find resources stating a 24 to 48 hours period is needed but this is old news. The curing process has greatly improved over the years in the eyelash extension industry.
- Avoid oils. If you have gotten your eyelash extensions done before a spray tan, make sure the tanning solution is water-based. Oils can dissolve the lash adhesive and are actually a natural product you can use at home to remove your extensions.
- Clean the area: Wipe around your eye area to make sure you have removed all traces of the tanning solution.
- Avoid the eye area. You could ask your tanning technician to simply avoid spraying the face area. You could also wear protective eyewear.
What Happens When You Don’t Protect Your Lashes When Spray Tanning?
Because it’s so easy to take the necessary precautions, these situations almost never happen. But still, it’s a good idea to know what would hypothetically happen.
- The tanning solution will cover your lash line and oils will weaken the bond of your lash glue, causing the extensions to come off.
- Your extensions will clump together because tanning solutions are generally very viscous.
- Your extensions might get stained if you don’t wipe the area well enough.
- You’ll need to spend extra time carefully cleansing your lashes after a spray tan to remove the solution.
Can You Go On Sunbeds With Lash Extensions
If you are planning to go in a sunbed with your eyelash extensions, it is also important to note that UV rays can weaken the lash adhesive. In fact, UV lights force the glue to cure extensively.
But there is an easy solution…
Going in a sunbed with eyelash extensions will not damage your lashes if you wear protective eyewear. These protective goggles won’t allow UV rays to reach your eyes. You won’t have to worry about the eyelash glue being damaged by UV lights.
The Bottom Line
In the end, eyelash extensions and tanning should not be seen as mutually exclusive services. You can enjoy both and keep your eyelash extensions in place at the same time.
Several of my clients go for tanning sessions regularly and keep their lashes looking great all year long.
Hopefully, this article has answered all your questions about tans and eyelash extensions! If you have anything on your mind, please let me know in the comments below.
– Asako 🙂
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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.