Is it good to use baby shampoo for eyelash extensions? If not, what should you use? Learn the answers of these questions in detail below.

If you regularly use eyelash extensions, it is essential to understand the importance of keeping them clean. There are several ways in which you can clean the lashes for long-lasting retention. This will result in a healthy and protected hair structure, follicle, and surrounding skin. Most people think that it is important to avoid touching the lashes, and putting anything on the lash extensions may cause it to fall out. However, if you do not clean the lashes properly, the makeup, dirt, and grime can build up, causing the lash extensions to fall out sooner. There are many cleansers that people use to clean the lashes, among which is the baby shampoo.

Baby shampoos have been a preferred cleanser for a long time. However, they contain fragrances, artificial colors, and mineral oils, which will break the adhesive’s integrity on extended use, thus resulting in shorter retention. Therefore, you must not use baby shampoo for eyelash extensions and switch to a DIY lash shampoo instead.

Why Not Use Baby Shampoo for Eyelash Extensions

Baby shampoos may have many great qualities on the surface. It does have a gentle formula that does not burn the eyes, which makes it a good choice. Besides, they clean the excess dirt and grime without being harsh on the pocket. However, while the baby shampoo is gentle, it is not advised to get it near your eyes.

It is not explicitly used to clean the area around the eyes and can harm the sensitive skin near the eyes on prolonged use. It strips the skin off of its natural oils that are essential for the health of the skin as well as the hair, and follicles. Other reasons for not using baby shampoo for eyelash extensions include the following.

1. Reduced Retention

Healthy, hydrated lashes are flexible and last longer as well. Baby Oils have dehydrating agents that strip off the moisture from the eyelashes. This eventually reduces the retention of the eyelashes.

2. Doesn’t Kill Bacteria

The main reason for washing the lashes is to prevent bacteria build-up that may result in the infections such as blepharitis and styes. Baby shampoos have proven to be ineffective against bacterial infections.

3. Not Suitable For Eyes

Baby shampoos are not tested for use in and around the eye. Shampoos have many ingredients that can cause eye irritants and allergens. This may cause inflammation and cause watery eyes.

4. No Benefits For the Lash

A proper lash cleaner will guarantee long retention of the eyelash extension. Besides, a lash cleaner includes beneficial ingredients that are safe to use around the eye area. Hence, baby shampoo might not be the right choice as it contains ingredients that can be harmful to the eye and the area around it.

DIY Lash Shampoo for Cleaning Eyelash Extensions

Making lash shampoo at home is easy and involves a few essential ingredients and steps that you can follow quickly at home.

Ingredients

  1. Eye Shampoo (1 tablespoon)
  2. Baking soda (1 teaspoon)
  3. Distilled water
  4. A pump bottle

Method

  1. Pour one tablespoon of eye shampoo into the pump bottle.
  2. Now to this bottle, add one teaspoon of baking soda. 
  3. Next, add distilled water to this mixture.
  4. Close the lid of the pump bottle and shake it well so that all the ingredients are well combined. 
  5. You may add more distilled water if the ingredients take too much time to gel.

Pump a pea-sized amount on a cotton ball and use it to gently clean your eyelash extensions.

Why Use A Lash Cleanser?

Well-formulated lash cleansers can rinse the lashes thoroughly. They do not leave any residual film on the eyelash extensions. However, one must be careful of the regular makeup removers that can pretend to be lash-friendly. A lash shampoo has a very low sulfate content and will not cause dehydration or remove moisture from eyelash extensions. 

Good lash shampoos or cleansers gently remove dirt, residue, and makeup from eyelashes. Furthermore, it significantly boosts the overall health of eyelash extensions.

Why You Should Clean Eyelash Extensions Regularly?

There is a small gap between the lash lines and the lash extensions. Various particles like dirt, dead skin and dust can accumulate into this gap. Regularly cleaning the lash extensions removes and prevents the accumulation of dirt in the lash lines or the lash extensions. 

Moreover, the regular cleansing of the eyelashes prevents oil from damaging your extensions. The oil might sip into the extensions if you have oily skin or using oily products. This may result in slowly destroying the eyelash adhesives. Frequently cleansing the eyelash extensions removes this oil and ensures that the lashes last longer.

When to Clean Eyelash Extensions?

  1. Clean your lash extensions every day or every other day if you wear eye makeup frequently.
  2. If you have oily skin, it’s best to clean the eyelash extension every alternate day. Instead of cotton buds, use a soft tissue to remove the makeup.
  3. Clean the lash extensions at night to remove the oils, dust, dirt, and makeup accumulated over the day.
  4. You must clean lash extensions after certain activities such as swimming, working out, or wearing sunscreen. It is important to remove chlorine, salt, sweat, and oils immediately from lash extensions. This cleaning will help to maintain the integrity of your lash adhesive.

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