Most people know that you should not get your eyelashes wet immediately after you have them done at the salon.
But what about when you get them home and start to wash your face? Can you wash your face with eyelash extensions?
You can wash your face when wearing eyelash extensions. It is recommended to wash your face daily with an oil-free makeup remover to avoid weakening the lash adhesive.
There are some common myths about eyelash extensions and water that seriously need to be debunked!
Let’s get started!
Can You Get Eyelash Extensions Wet?
Before addressing whether or not you can wash your face with lash extensions, it’s important to understand what will happen if you do get your lashes wet.
Water can cause the lash adhesive to break down and loosen, which may cause your extensions to fall out prematurely.
However, this only applies to fresh extensions. Once the lash glue is completely cured, (which can take up to 4 hours), you can get your eyelash extensions wet without worrying at all.
Can You Wash Your Face with Eyelash Extensions?
The answer is Yes! You should wash your face every day when wearing eyelash extensions. Doing so will help to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup that may have accumulated on your lashes throughout the day.
Not only will this keep your lashes looking clean and fresh, but it will also help to prolong the life of your extensions.
My clients with the worst eyelash extension retention are sometimes those that have poor lash hygiene.
Pro Tip: Check out this article where I share the story of a client wearing goggles in the shower. She eventually developed lash mites!
These are the 4 reasons most important reasons why you must wash your face if you wear extensions:
- A dirty lash line can cause lash extensions to fall out prematurely.
- If you don’t wash your face, the sebum and makeup will break down the lash adhesive over time.
- You can get an eye infection if you don’t wash your face and remove the dirt and bacteria from your lashes.
- Washing your face can help to stimulate lash growth.
What Product to Use When Washing Your Face With Eyelash Extensions?
Use a gentle, oil-free cleanser to wash your face when you have eyelash extensions. using an oil-based cleanser is notoriously bad for your lashes. In fact, oil-based products are to be avoided at all costs.
Fun Fact: Did you know that you could use coconut oil to remove eyelash extensions at home?
I recommend using a foaming cleanser because it’s less likely to irritate your eyes than a gel or cream cleanser. You can use a round facial sponge to remove any eye makeup and clean oily skin.
Several of my clients also use micellar water and maintain excellent retention.
You should avoid using harsh scrubs or exfoliants around your eye area.
How to Wash Your Face With Eyelash Extensions
Now that you know what products to use, let’s go over the proper way to wash your face when wearing extensions.
Here are a few tips:
- Start by removing your eye makeup with a round facial sponge or a cotton pad and an oil-free makeup remover.
- Wet your face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your forehead, nose, chin, eye area, and cheeks.
- Gently massage the cleanser into your skin using your fingertips in a circular motion or a soft makeup brush. Avoid scrubbing too hard, as this can cause premature lash extension loss.
- Rinse your face with lukewarm water. Do not splash water directly on your face with eyelash extensions. Instead, gently use running water in your eye area.
- Pat dry your eyelash extensions with a clean towel. You can also simply hair dry them. If you use a hairdryer, make sure it is on a low setting with cool air.
- Gently brush your lashes. Be extra careful during this step not to pull on tangled lashes.
Eyelash Extensions and Water: Myths Debunked
I have been lashing clients for many years now and trust me, I have heard it all when it comes to lash extensions and water.
Let’s debunk some common myths about water and eyelash extensions:
Myth #1: You Can’t Shower With Eyelash Extensions
This is not true! You can absolutely shower with your lash extensions. However, it is important to be careful not to get your face wet for the first 4 hours after getting your lashes done.
Check out my article on how to shower with lash extensions for my best tips.
Most lash stylists will cure your lashes by using mist or saline water that helps to speed up the drying process of the lash glue.
Once your lashes are completely cured, they are fully waterproof and you can go about your normal daily life.
Myth #2: You Can’t Take a Bath With Eyelash Extensions
This is not true! The adhesive used to apply lash extensions is not water-soluble, so it’s totally fine to get them wet. In fact, it’s actually good for the lashes! Water helps to rehydrate the natural lash, keeping it healthy and strong.
Myth #3: You Can’t Swim With Eyelash Extensions
Again, this is not true! Swimming is totally fine. Depending on water conditions, I would recommend you wear goggles. Make sure the goggles you purchase are deep enough to allow your eyelash extensions to blink without hitting the plastic.
Several of my clients are active swimmers and they have no retention issues at all.
Pro Tip: I wrote a detailed guide here on swimming with lash extensions with a few recommendations.
Washing Your Face With Eyelash Extensions – Key Takeaways
I hope that by now you are convinced that you can wash your face with eyelash extensions without worrying about losing them.
The key is to avoid oily products in the eye area when removing makeup, be careful with running water and be consistent!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to help you with your lash extension journey!