Yes, eyelash extensions are safe!
Eyelash extensions are a semi-permanent procedure that helps to make lashes look longer and fuller without the effect of mascara or false lashes.
These extensions are individually attached to one lash at a time, rather than temporarily attached to the lid in one strip like false lashes.
When professionally applied, these extensions will stay on your lashes for between six to eight weeks if maintained and cared for properly.
Eyelash extensions are made from different materials that are non-harmful to the skin. They are usually made from synthetics like plastic fibers and faux mink.
The extensions can also be made from mink and silk by some professionals who prefer to use natural materials.
These extensions should be attached to the lashes with a glue that is waterproof and non-irritating. Professionals will often use surgical glue which is resistant to water, sweat, and oil, as this is a durable and gentle glue that is safe for the eyes.
It’s rare for eyelash extensions to be unsafe, but it can still happen. It is therefore important to go to a professional who has had good reviews from other clients, as they are most likely to provide safe extensions.
As with any other chemical procedure like hair dying and eyelash tinting, you should get a skin test for the glue before you get eyelash extensions.
Not every salon will offer this, and this could be a sign of a salon that is less unprofessional than a salon that does offer skin tests. This is to determine whether your skin and eyes are too sensitive to the glue.
As most common issues with eyelash extensions stem from sensitive eyes and allergies, a skin test for the glue is very important.
In short, eyelash extensions are safe when done properly. You should go to a trusted professional who does a skin test on you with the glue to tell if your skin reacts or not.
What are the side effects of eyelash extensions?
Whilst eyelash extensions are generally safe when applied by an experienced technician, there are some side effects that can happen which should be made aware of.
The most common negative side effects of eyelash extensions include irritation from the eyelash glue. This glue is meant to be non-irritable and surgical, but this doesn’t mean some technicians will use other glues.
Side effects from a chemical reaction will include bloodshot eyes, itching, soreness, burning, redness, rash, and swelling eyelids. These will appear within two to three days after the procedure.
This is only caused by cheap eyelash extension glue that will contain latex, benzoic acid, cellulose gum, and formaldehyde.
Experienced and licensed technicians will use surgical glue that is safe for the eyes and skin, but this should always be tested before the extension appointment. This is to see whether your skin reacts negatively to the glue.
Having said that, some people will react badly to the surgical glue, so it depends on the person whether they experience side effects. This is why a skin test should happen with any chemical, from hair dye to eyelash extension adhesives.
If you are used to getting eyelash extensions over and over again, you need to keep an eye on the health of your natural lashes. Constant removal from another procedure can lead to your lashes breaking or becoming thin. This can also occur if you rub your eyes or pull your lashes.
The best way to prevent bad side effects is to avoid touching your eyes whilst you have the extensions. In the event of irritated skin, you should try cold compresses, antihistamines, and eye drops.
If the irritation is moderate to severe and lasts more than 48 hours, you need to see your doctor or the technician you went to. This could be a sign of allergic reaction or infection – both of which can only be treated and thus prevented by the help of a professional.
The technician might have to remove the eyelashes to see if that helps. It’s best to have them professionally removed, but you can remove eyelash extensions at home by gently steaming your face and removing the lashes with oil.
What can go wrong with eyelash extensions?
Whilst eyelash extensions are safe when applied by a licensed and experienced technician, like all cosmetic procedures, something can always go wrong.
It mostly depends on the individual’s reaction to the extension adhesive. The best eyelash glues will be surgical, non-irritable, and waterproof, but there are some salons that use cheaper glues that contain latex, cellulose gum, benzoic acid, and other potentially harmful chemicals.
Regardless of what the adhesive is, there is always a risk of irritation that can result in burning, itching, redness, swelling, bloodshot eyes, pain, and even a rash.
It is, therefore, very important that you get a skin test before you get your lashes applied. This usually is offered by licensed technicians 24 hours before the appointment to see whether your skin reacts negatively to the adhesive.
You should always do your research when choosing a technician. They should be licensed and experienced with great reviews, as this will tell you a lot about their hygiene and practices.
Some cheap technicians may seem appealing for the affordability, but their practices could be unhygienic which could cause infections.
When it comes to the appearance of eyelash extensions, they look amazing. See why I love eyelash extensions.. They are a natural, semi-permanent alternative to false lashes and mascara, which can actually help to preserve the health of your natural lashes.
Extensions mean you are less inclined to put makeup on them, which might help your natural lashes grow and strengthen (if applied properly).
However, you should always avoid rubbing your eyes. Constant touching and pulling of the lash extensions will not only break the extensions off, but it can weaken your natural lashes as well. If you don’t want patchy eyelashes with and without eyelash extensions, don’t rub your eyes!
If you notice a reaction that has lasted longer than 48 hours, you must see a doctor as this can be a sign of infection or allergy.