Women want those glamorous, long eyelash extensions but some are too afraid to touch them or get them wet. First of all it’s OK to get Eyelash Extensions wet-just not the first 24-48 hours. After that you can shower and take a stroll in the rain if you want and without an umbrella! You need to keep your eyelash extensions clean otherwise you will risk the chance of developing Blepharitis. Blepharitis is a condition of the eyes that causes inflammation and possible infection of the eyelid due to a blocked eyelash follicle. The blockage normally occurs from sebum (oil), dead skin cells and bacteria on the natural lash follicle. Over time without treating this condition the hair follicle can become thinner and sparser.
Some symptoms of Blepharitis are as follows:
> Burning Sensation
> white flaking on and between lashes
> Crusting on the eyelids
> Swollen eyes
Eyelash Extensions clients will usually develop Blepharitis due to poor eye hygiene. Clients need to clean their lashes and lid area to prevent Blepharitis from occurring whether they wear makeup or not. Lashes should be cleaned at least 2-3 times per week for non-makeup wearing clients and nightly for clients who wear eye makeup. Use with a microbrush applicator to get in between the lashes. A normal Q-tip is too big for cleaning in between the lashes unless you use one that has a pointier tip as the Essence of Beauty Multi Purpose Cotton Cosmetic Applicatiors or Swisspers Cotton Applicators. These are great for removing eyeliner and eyeshadow.