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Lash Hygiene info

What is Blepharitis (Demodex)

(blef-uh-RYE-tis) is inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis usually involves the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow and affect both eyelids. Blepharitis commonly occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged. This leads to irritated and red eyes. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis. Blepharitis is often a chronic condition that is difficult to treat. Blepharitis can be uncomfortable and maybe unsightly. The mites are able to be transferred from person to person through contact with make-up brushes, linen and other shared items

There are a number of diseases or disorders involving the eyelashes:

  • Madarosis is the loss of eyelashes
  • Blepharitis is the irritation of the lid margin, where eyelashes join the eyelid. The eyelids are red and itching, the skin often becomes flaky, and the eyelashes may fall out
  • Distichiasis is the abnormal growth of lashes from certain areas of the eyelid
  • Trichiasis refers to ingrown eyelashes
  • Eyelashes may become infested with parasitic crab louse.
  • An external (hordeolum)or stye, is a purulent inflammation of infected eyelash follicles and surrounding sebaceous (Gland of Zeis) and apocrine
  • (Moll’s gland) glands of the lid margin.
  • Trichotillomania is a disorder that urges the sufferer to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, etc.
  • Demodex folliculorum (or the  Demodicid)) is a small mite that lives harmlessly in eyelash and other hair follicles, and about 98% of people have these mites living on them. They may cause blepharitis due to improper lash hygiene

* if you suspect that you have blepharitis, it’s important to first rule out an allergic reaction to eyelash adhesives, or that you do not have some other underlying eye condition.

Clean lash extensions last longer – lashes must be cleaned as part of your home care routine!

All of us eyelash-obsessives want our eyelash extensions to last as long as possible, right? There’s nothing more depressing than when you do something awful to them (i.e. steam facial with lots of oil, where the therapist will not stay away from your eye area!) and you notice the little buggers starting to come off, so you might be asking yourself – How do I clean eyelash extensions?
Water, fortunately, is not one of the things that you need to avoid. Eyelash extensions, once properly cured, become relatively waterproof. Many people seem to think, that because we tell you in the aftercare instructions, not to wet your eyelashes for 24 hours
Not cleansing regularly or correctly also leads to potential infections, irritations, poor lash health/growth and lash mites
Dead skin cells, dirt, makeup and oil will build up in your lash line very quickly! All this build-up will eat away at your lash extension’s bond, breaking it down over time. Lash extension glue LOVES to be kept clean in order to maintain its strong bond to your natural lash. Dirty lashes cause your lash glue to become weak resulting in extensions falling off your natural lash instead of lasting the entire life of the natural lash cycle and falling out when the natural lash is shed.

Don’t wet your lashes.

This is actually incorrect, and you do need to get them wet regularly in order to clean them. Improper cleansing of your eyelashes/extensions and eyelids can actually cause a few problems that will mean your extensions end up not lasting as long as they should.
Blepharitis is a common problem amongst those who do not have good eyelid hygiene. It’s defined as ‘inflammation of the eyelid’ that is annoying and irritating rather than dangerous.

Dead skin cells when not washed away properly can build up on the eyelids

Basically, dead skin cells when not washed away properly can build up on the eyelids, and cause itchiness and inflammation. It can cause the eyes/eyelids to feel itchy, block the hair follicles, and they can even end up looking a bit red and sore. Then you end up itching your eyes and playing with you extensions (even in your sleep when you don’t even realize you’re doing it!) and they start to come off. Some people that have blepharitis think they are having a minor allergic reaction to eyelash extensions. Then when they start proper cleansing of their lids and extensions, they discover that they are not at all, because the itchiness disappears very quickly! This has been seen and noticed by many Lash technicians. Clients who are not washing their eyelids properly in order to get their extensions to last have Noticed that the reverse happens. When they start up a proper cleansing regimen, their eyes feel much better and their extensions last longer!

Mascara and lash extensions.

It is also founded when one wears very thick/dense eyelash extensions and then coats them in mascara (which is not t recommend) because as you can imagine, they are almost impossible to clean well and this can make it worse. It sounds absolutely horrid, but luckily it is easily treated/managed, and even more easily prevented, and the majority of people that suffer it can continue to wear eyelash extensions with no issues at all.

Oily complexion.

A second reason is that if you have an oily complexion, and/or also if you’ve been wearing makeup or moisturizer that does contain some amount of oil in it, some of this oil will end up on your eyelash extensions. If you never wash them, the oil remains there, building up, and slowly eating away at the eyelash adhesive. All eyelash adhesives are attacked by oil. The less oily you let your eyelash extensions get (by using oil-free products


Remove all eye-makeup using an oil and glycol-free makeup remover such as LUSCIOUS LASHES 4 options If taking off eyeliner,/ Mascara use lint-free cotton pad/ tip dipped in remover and wipe it across your lid, or away from the lid. Never towards the extensions. Don’t use cotton balls as you’ll get into a furry mess, as they will catch on the bases of the extensions.

Heavy foundation.

If you are wearing heavy foundation, remove this too before washing eyes, using your cleanser of choice but AVOIDING the eye area. Some cleansers/ baby shampoos contain oil, particularly cream cleansers and ‘cleansing oils’
Wet your eyes with cool water. Take a very, very small amount of a lash shampoo (we recommend Luscious Lashes Rooibos, Aloe Ferox,Tea Tree or your own private labelling Eyelash Extension Foaming cleanser, (see instructions on the bottle) lather it up on your palm.
Apply this to both eyes, one at a time, splashing it over them. Don’t rub them like you’re washing hair though; just gently splash it over your closed eyes. If your eyes still feel grubby, repeat.

Important Rinse properly

Rinse it off and dab them gently dry. It doesn’t matter if they are a little damp, stuck together with water etc., when you brush them they will re-separate.
Use your lash wand to very gently twirl through them and fan them back out.
Do this 2-3 times per week

Lash Extension Tip! Lash Extensions don’t cause bacterial infections, but improper hygiene does.

At luscious Lashes International™, we always encourage clients to search for a reputable salon Because of the sensitive nature of the lashes and the surrounding area, finding someone who is certified to apply the lashes is definitely a must. Professionals use professional products and have been properly trained to apply the lashes without damaging your natural lashes or more importantly, your eyes.
Just like you would with a hairstylist, research who you want to go to and how long they have been working as a technician. Look at before-and-after photos, read reviews and always make sure they are licensed and lash-certified.

Important notice : EU CPNP Approval is one thing, but has the product you are using obtained an EU Cosmetic Safety Report as required by Law One of the requirements of the EU cosmetic regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 is that prior to placing the product on the market a safety assessment is carried out. Please note that our Foaming Lash and Eyelid Cleansers meets all those requirements