In this post, I want to address another topic to do with eyelash extensions because I’ve been asked about it so often.
How to wash your face with eyelash extensions? To wash your face with eyelash extensions, follow these 4 steps:
- Apply a Facial Cleanser
- Use a Round Facial Sponge
- Apply a Moisturizer for hydration
- Apply a Protectant Sealer to lock in the moisture
I’ll describe how to wash your face correctly when you have eyelash extensions. How to clean them and make them last longer as well. From the beginning to the last step, this article is especially for those who use a lot of products on their face and those with oily skin.
I wrote other articles in this series of eyelash care. You can check them out, including 7 Tips for Making Eyelash Extensions Last Longer, also Do Lash Extensions Ruin Your Eyelashes?, and How to Clean Your Eyelash Extensions? 6 Easy Tips.
Read on to learn how to wash your face with eyelash extensions!
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How to Wash Your Face with Eyelash Extensions?
1. Apply a Facial Cleanser
Use a facial cleanser that is preferably a water-based or gel-based foaming cleanser. I don’t recommend using a cream-based cleanser because they leave too much of the cream on your face. This is fine if you have very dry skin, but I still recommend sticking with a water-based or gel-based cleanser.
For the best use, apply a gel-based foaming cleanser, and work it up to a lather. For the bottom half of your face, wash from the cheekbones down.
Cleansing removes makeup, sunscreen, environmental pollutants, dirt, sweat, and oil. It’s important to cleanse twice.
The first cleanse gets rid of the makeup and other debris, then rinse face with warm or cool water, then do a second cleanse as the second cleanse cleans the skin and makes sure nothing is left over. Gently dry with a soft towel and then do another check to ensure no makeup is left over.
The first section is the lower half of your face; the second section is now from your brow line up and around the temples.
Work up the cleanser into a foam carefully and apply it above your brow line and around your temples. Instead of splashing water all over your face, use liquid cleanser the dirt and oil, stream down onto your eyelash extensions.
2. Use a Round Facial Sponge
Then, using a round facial sponge, rinse off or sponge off the area of your brow line.
To use the sponge, first hold it under the faucet to get it wet, then squeeze any excess water out, then hold your face over the sink and sponge the area around your eyes. Rinse off the sponge, and squeeze the extra water out.
Taking the sponge, dab it all the way down to your lash line, lookup, dab right under your lash line, then wipe down.
You may repeat as much you want. Having additional round facial sponges is helpful. The round facial sponge is better than a washcloth as it allows you to remove the makeup and other debris more effectively and efficiently all around the ocular area.
3. Apply a Moisturizer
After you’ve cleansed your face, apply a moisturizer. To apply the moisturizer, make sure it’s from the cheekbones down and above your brow line. So avoid the entire ocular area, all-around your eyes.
This is because some of the moisturizers will naturally, with heat, migrate a little further. If you apply it too close to your eyes, it can get on the lashes or in your eyes which you don’t want.
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4. Add a Protectant Sealer
The final step is to add a protectant sealer to your lash lines like the Blink Black Diamond Coating Sealant on Amazon which increases bonding strength and gives lashes a nice shine.
To apply it, you can use the brush that comes with the sealant or use a mascara wand, which looks like a nail polish brush.
Put a thin line as if you’re applying a liquid eyeliner onto your eyelash line. Both on the top and the lower lash. It’s not going on your lashes; it’s to be added onto the lash line.
The reason why we add to the lash line is that it is where the sebaceous glands are, and these glands put oil on your lashes. So the protectant sealer prevents the oils from getting onto your lashes.
Once the oil naturally starts to flow through eyelash extensions, all the makeup, environmental pollutants, dust, and dirt get on there, which you don’t want. There are some other sealers you can find that actually have a mascara wand at the end, making them handy. Otherwise, you can just get the wand separately, especially if you tend to use a lot of products on your face or if you have oily skin.
When you have oily skin and lead a very active lifestyle, whether you’re in the water a lot, swimming, and exposing yourself to the outdoors, this is a great product in extending the life of your eyelash extensions.
How to Take a Shower with Your Eyelashes
It’s not in your best interest to be right under the running water, having a constant flow of water on your eyelashes, including the oils from your scalp and the shampoo or conditioner.
When you’re under the shower, avoid getting water on your face. I have a couple of clients that literally wear goggles while they’re taking a shower.
And one particular client, though not typical, had eyelash extensions that lasted 11 weeks. She had mink eyelash extensions, which tend to last a little bit longer.
Following this routine properly can make your eyelash extensions last a long time. I had another client with synthetic eyelashes that recently follow these tips, and hers lasted eight weeks. It’s not typical, but it certainly does help.
If you use a lot of products or have oily skin, I highly recommend you use an eyelash extension protectant sealer.
If you don’t use a lot of products or don’t have oily skin, using a sealer still helps. Or at least dust off your lashes on a daily basis to keep them from all contaminants, making them look fresh and fluffy.
Keep following all other best practices, including following the right diet, using the right products with complimenting ingredients, exercising, and getting enough sleep. If you are a side sleeper or a stomach sleeper, your eyelashes tend to fall off quicker for obvious reasons. Try to sleep on your back if possible.
Conclusion – How to Wash Your Face with Eyelash Extensions
So, how to wash your face with eyelash extensions? To wash your face without damaging or wearing out your eyelash extensions, follow these 4 steps:
- Apply a Facial Cleanser
- Use a Round Facial Sponge
- Apply a Moisturizer
- Add a Protectant Sealer
Can you take a shower with eyelash extensions? Once the glue on your lash extensions has dried fully, you can get them wet without the concern of the water damaging them. When you do get your lash extensions wet, don’t dry them off or rub them with a towel, as this can damage them.
What do you clean eyelash extensions with? Use an oil-free makeup remover and a clean brush to gently wash in a downward motion over your lash lines and eyelids. Rinse with warm or cool water until you can no longer see any product left over.
Can you rub your eyes with eyelash extensions? It is a myth that eyelash extensions will ruin your own lashes. Just be sure not to rub your eyes or pull on the lashes, as this can damage your extensions and your own eyelashes.