Using mascara with regularity can have some serious consequences on your eyelashes, because most of these products contain chemicals that dry the lashes, making them very fragile and more prone to breakage. When used correctly, mascara shouldn’t thin or cause any major eyelash loss. However, if you are using the wrong product for your eyes or using the product incorrectly it could be harming your eyelashes.
We’re usually pretty careful about what we apply on our faces, so our eyelashes should be no exception – after all, experiencing loss in eyelashes is something we’re sure almost nobody would want to go through.
The formulation and the ingredients of your mascara can impact your lash health by causing irritations to the skin around your eyes, especially if you are allergic to that ingredient.
If you have sensitive skin or cautious about allergies, try testing the mascara formulation out on the back of your hand first. Although this isn’t 100% fool-proof, it’s still a better-than-nothing test before you try the mascara out on your eyelashes.
How to avoid eyelash loss?
- Make-up brushes, in particular, will gather bacteria and dirt over time. This means every time you go to apply make-up using that brush you may be spreading that bacteria and dirt onto your eyelashes, eyelid margins and therefore tear film and possibly onto your cornea.
- Sometimes we get too tired to wipe our makeup off before we go to bed, but leaving mascara on your lashes overnight does more harm than you know. When the mascara dries overnight, it can cause your lashes to fall off, and a stiff lash can scratch your cornea while you’re sleeping.
- Give your mascara the finishing touch by coating your lashes with clear mascara after application. This will help to solidify your lashes and protect the mascara from smudging or running.
- Some mascaras use petroleum-based formulas. Avoid these, as they can cause allergic reactions and slow the growth of hair follicles along your eyelid. An all-natural mascara will be gentler on your eyes and lashes, but they’re also more expensive.
Stiff Lashes and Scratches
You have probably heard it a million times before: Take your makeup off before bed. While it may not seem important to remove mascara before going to sleep, it is essential. A StyleCaster article about mascara facts found that leaving it on overnight can cause your lashes to become stiff. This is a problem as it can lead to lash fall out and in some cases, scratched corneas. Leave makeup wipes on your bedside table to make sure you always go barefaced before sleep.
Always have makeup wipes or makeup remover in your nightstand for the lazy nights when washing your face just isn’t an option.” As a rule of thumb, if you invest a lot of time into applying makeup, be sure to invest the same amount of time into taking it off.
The negative effects of mascara can be somewhat two-fold. On one hand, there’s the potential harm that it can cause to the skin around your eyes, and then there’s how the actual formula impacts the actual lash hairs. There are some ingredients found in mascara that can cause different types of allergies, inflammation, and even eczema.
You’re using your lash curler incorrectly.
An eyelash curler is probably one of your favorite beauty tools because it makes your eyelashes even more elegant as they get curled. It gives you a nice look. Your eyes catch others’ eyes with those well-curled lashes!
As essential as your lash curler might be to helping achieve that sky-high lash looks, it can pull your lashes out if not properly used, Cruz explains. This is especially true if you’re applying the mascara and then using the curler over your mascara-coated lashes for a second curl, she says. Although you might think you’re getting the best of both worlds, this can be quite bad for your lashes, as the tips of the curler might get stuck to the not-quite-dried mascara and potentially lead to some lashes left behind. Also, using a warmed curler can be risky because you might pinch or burn your eyelids.
- Make sure your lashes are hydrated but not wet.
- Apply your falsies before curling your lashes, and always apply mascara AFTER you use your curler.
- How To Use An Eyelash Curler
How to use eyelash curlers?
- Place the lash curler as close as your lash line as possible.
- Open and close the curler a few times until you reach your desired curl.
- Only after that apply mascara