There’s nothing like pampering yourself to feel like a new person, especially if you have a trip or special occasion coming up.
Lash extensions provide a subtle, natural-looking lift and are great if you’re going on holiday and don’t want to be worrying about applying makeup. However, those who are new to lash extensions might be wondering: can you swim with lash extensions?
In this article, I cover all things eyelash extensions, so you can make an informed decision before committing to them.
So, let’s get started.
Is it bad to swim with eyelash extensions?
No, it isn’t bad to swim with eyelash extensions and you can absolutely hit the pool without worrying about your eyelash extensions falling out. This is because your lash extensions are locked in place with a specially formulated, semi-permanent glue.
That being said, the most important thing to remember is that you typically are recommended to wait 48 hours on average before getting your lashes wet to let the adhesive stick to your eyelashes properly.
This 48-hour window also applies to showering, so be careful to not get your lash extensions wet in the first two days when it comes to washing and cleansing your face in the sink or shower.
This time can differ from 4-48 hours, but it’s important to listen to your beauty therapist on what they advise and care for your eyelash extensions accordingly.
As a result, if you know you’re going on a trip away, it’s best to get your eyelash extensions in good time before you go so you don’t have to wait to swim once you’ve arrived and you’re by the pool!
However, there are a few things to consider before going swimming with eyelash extensions. To keep them looking fluttery and voluminous, you have to take proper care of your eyelash extensions.
Namely, once you’ve been swimming you should cleanse your lashes after to keep them in the best possible condition, as chlorine and salt water can affect the lifespan of your lashes if you’re not careful.
After cleansing your eyelashes, brush your extensions with a spoolie or a clean mascara wand, and use a lint-free cloth to gently dry the top of your extensions while keeping your eyes closed.
It is also important to mention that you should steer clear of goggles that are too tight or any other swimming equipment that could damage and crinkle your lashes if you’re not mindful.
Although snorkeling goggles are much bigger, swimming goggles tend to be much smaller and could ruin your lashes if you accidentally catch the edges of them and keep the goggles on for a long period of time.
Taking these steps to care for your new lash extensions will help you maintain your lashes and keep them looking luscious for as long as possible. After all, no one likes lashes falling out when you’re away on holiday!
It is also worth noting that excessive exposure to heat and humidity may reduce the lifespan of your lashes. This is because it can weaken the adhesive, but only minorly, so don’t think that you can’t enjoy sitting in the sun by the pool.
It is also likely that if you’re on holiday in a hot country, you should know that sun cream can significantly damage lash extensions if you’re not careful.
Generally speaking, oil is a no-go, and might interfere with the lash glue – so make sure that you keep it away from your lashes when you’re applying your daily SPF to your face.
Is salt water bad for eyelash extensions?
Technically speaking, once your eyelash extensions have been given a 48-hour window to settle and the adhesive used to apply your eyelash extensions is secure enough to allow you to get them wet, you can swim anywhere.
However, that being said, salt water can be bad for your eyelash extensions if you don’t take the proper precautions to clean your eyelash extensions regularly, especially after swimming in chlorine and salt water.
It is important to bear in mind that both chlorine and salt water can affect the retention of eyelash extensions, so it is generally recommended that you cleanse your lashes immediately after you swim, whether you’ve been in the pool or the ocean.
When you spend a long period of time in sea water, salt can slowly disintegrate the adhesive that is used to secure your eyelash extensions, which can cause damage to your eyelash extensions and they could fall out prematurely.
However, that being said, small amounts of salt generally won’t cause long-term damages to lash extensions, provided that you make sure you cleanse your extensions afterward.
That being said, if you are planning a day at the beach, make sure you always have a bottle of fresh water around to rinse your lashes after a swim.
Once you’re back at the hotel or wherever you’re staying, make sure to thoroughly cleanse your extensions with a cleanser whenever you have finished swimming for the day.
It is also important to know that high-pressure showers can also be a cause for concern if you’ve recently had eyelash extensions applied. Allowing the shower stream to fall directly on the lash extensions with high force can also reduce the time that your lash extensions will last, as this can put unnecessary pressure on the adhesive.
Although showering with your eyelash extensions is fine, you need to make sure that the water pressure is not too high or if it is, make sure you lower the showerhead so that your face is not directly under the stream of high-pressure water.
Lash extensions are a great solution if you want to save some time by not having to do your makeup every day. The main thing to remember is that you take care of your eyelash extensions. You could have the best quality lashes, and a great beauty therapist applying them, but they’ll only last as long as you take care of them.