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Eyelash Trends and Your Eyes

Lash enhancements are all the rage this year, if you haven’t noticed. And it’s no surprise why! Services like lift and tints, eyelash extensions, and magnetic or glue-on lash strips can provide some eye-catching beauty benefits…or at least they might at first. It turns out that the long-term effects of these enhancements can be unhealthy for your lashes and eyes.

Our expert team cares about you and your vision. We also want to help you feel your best! That’s why we’re breaking down how lash enhancements can hurt your eyes. Don’t worry – we’re also offering a beautiful alternative.

Lift and Tint

Also known as a “lash perm,” a lift and tint is a procedure that lifts your lashes for weeks. It’s like curling your lashes with a curling wand but without the extra effort. This service also colors your lashes so they’re bolder, allowing you to ditch the mascara.

Lift and tints are a new procedure, which means they aren’t well regulated yet. We also don’t know all possible side effects. However, we do know that skin irritation like rashes or blisters is very common with this procedure. The chemical solution used in lift and tints is also known to cause irritation in those who have a history of dry eye, allergies, and eye and skin sensitivities.

What if the solution lands in your eye? You are at risk for a corneal abrasion, burn, or ulcer. And that doesn’t mean just when the solution is applied. This could happen if you rub your eye, too. Altogether, it might seem like a convenient procedure, but a lift and tint can be incredibly risky.

Eyelash Extensions

Optometrists around the state and country agree that out of all lash enhancements, eyelash extensions will cause the most harm to your eyes. Salons may advertise the enhancements as a safe and beautiful alternative to mascara, but the extensions can cause more harm than good.

Eyelash extensions are applied one strand at a time. Extensions are attached to a single one of your lashes with formulated, semi-permanent glue. The glue and often the lash extension itself can cause allergic reactions, infections, or styes to develop on the eyelid. And because the procedure typically takes over an hour, dry eyes are the most common symptom that can occur.

Long-term effects from extensions can create serious damage on your lashes. The glue can cause your natural lashes to fall out more frequently, which means they can’t protect your eyes as effectively.

Long story short? Eyelash extensions cause immediate and long-term issues for your eyes.

Magnetic and Glue-On Strips

Lash strips are often seen as a safe and much less costly alternative to other lash enhancements. These are applied on the lash line to give eyes an extra oomph. Glue-on strips can create similar issues to what eyelash extensions cause, thanks to the glue that accompanies them.

While magnetic strips eliminate glue, they can still create pressure on your natural lashes. This causes stress, which can make your natural lashes fall out more frequently.

A Healthy Alternative

With all these side effects, you might be wondering what the best alternative is. It’s simple: your natural lashes! Your eyelashes are important for blocking dust and debris. They also protect your eyes from foreign objects (like eyelash enhancements). In fact, your natural eyelashes do their best work when nothing is in their way.

Stop in to learn more about your eyelashes and safe alternatives to these enhancements. Our team can’t wait to see you and help you protect your eyes and eyelashes.