Can sunscreen damage your lashes?

Sunscreen is a staple in many people's daily skincare routines, and for good reason. Its protective benefits against UV rays are undeniable. However, for those who've adorned themselves with the beauty of eyelash extensions, a pressing question may arise: can sunscreen damage my eyelash extensions? While the simple answer is “No” sunscreen will not damage your extensions, we'll explore the potential impacts of sunscreen and eyelash extensions, shedding light on the possible side effects of exposing extensions to sunscreen and offering advice to ensure your lashes remain not only fabulous but also safeguarded from potential damage.

Understanding Eyelash Extensions

Before looking into the effects of sunscreen on eyelash extensions, let's briefly understand what eyelash extensions are. Eyelash extensions are individual synthetic lashes that are meticulously attached to individual natural lashes with a specialized adhesive.

Sunscreen and Eyelash Extensions

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The main concern with sunscreen and lash extensions arises when sunscreen is applied too close to the eye area. Sunscreen is designed to protect the skin, but it's not meant to be applied directly to the eyelashes or the sensitive skin around the eyes as it may enter the eye and cause irritation, discomfort, redness, or even mild stinging.

Eyelashes are essentially filters, their job is to catch anything that is headed into the eye, with eyelash extensions applied you have even more surface area to catch even more nasties trying to sneak past. Lashes will hold onto makeup and sunscreen causing Volume fans to close up and neighbouring lashes to clump to each other. Sunscreen can be tricky to remove, so it's best to avoid getting in on your lashes. The main concern here is that the build-up of dirt and debris on the lash line can lead to hair follicle and eye infections so, while sunscreen does little to damage your extensions, the potential clumping and buildup can be devastating for the eyelash enthusiast.

Can Sunscreen Damage the Eyelash Extension Glue?

Eyelash extension glue has evolved significantly over the years, there was a time when eyelash extension artists would advise their clients that oil-based products break down the adhesive used to apply eyelash extensions. But this is no longer the case with the evolution of eyelash extension glue. These glues contrary to former beliefs, are not as affected by oil-based makeup and sunscreen. This means that getting sunscreen on your extensions will not break down the adhesive and cause lashes to fall off, but don’t forget that it still can cause other issues such as clumping, clogging hair follicles and build up in the lash line leading to infections if not effectively removed.

To prevent sunscreen from coming into contact with your eyes and lashes, be cautious when applying it to your face. Aim to apply the sunscreen around the bone structure of the eye as the best way to avoid the eye and your lashes and, if possible, use a sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as these sunscreens tend to be less irritating to the eyes.

Tips for Protecting Your Eyelash Extensions During Summer

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To keep your lashes looking their best while using sunscreen during summer, here are some tips to follow:

  1. Apply sunscreen thoughtfully: When applying sunscreen to your face, be mindful of the proximity to your eyes. Use a gentle touch and avoid getting sunscreen on your lashes.
  2. Avoid harsh eye makeup removers: When removing eye makeup, use a gentle makeup remover to prevent excessive tugging on your lashes. A purpose-formulated, ophthalmologically tested eyelash cleanser is your best choice, Prolong Lash Foaming Pump is the solution.
  3. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses: Wearing sunglasses with full UV protection not only protects your eyes but also reduces the need to put sunscreen right up to the eye and lash line.
  4. Clean your lashes: If your lash extensions are exposed to sunscreen, wash them two to three times with a fit-for-purpose lash aftercare product like Prolong Lash cleanser to help remove sunscreen residue.

A few takeaways

Schedule regular touch-ups: Eyelash extensions require maintenance. Regular touch-ups every 2-3 weeks can help ensure your lashes always look their best.

While sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, applying it too close to the eye area can lead to potential issues such as irritation, discomfort, and the risk of debris buildup on your lash line. Eyelash extensions can trap makeup and sunscreen, which may result in unsightly residue and, more critically, the risk of infections. Fortunately, newer eyelash extension glues are less affected by these substances.

To maintain both your eye health and the longevity of your lash extensions, it's advisable to apply sunscreen with caution, avoiding direct contact with your lashes and eyes. Focus on the bone structure around the eye when applying sunscreen and opt for formulations containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, known for being less irritating to the eyes. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of both beautiful lashes and effective sun protection without the risk of unwanted side effects.

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