How safe are Eyelash Extensions?

If any of your friends have ever had eyelash extensions, you have probably been in awe of their beauty. There is no doubt that lash extensions will quickly take plain looking eyes and give them the celebrity “wow” factor. But while lash extensions are being raved about by women around the world, what women aren’t talking about are the risks that are associated with them. Anytime you are having a cosmetic treatment, it’s important to understand that it’s not all glamourous. Which leads us to the question…how safe are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions are applied by taking a pair of tweezers and carefully gluing each extension to each individual lash. And anytime you put a sharp object near your eyes, you need to be concerned that there is some degree of risk. In this case, we really just have to hope that your beautician has a steady set of hands! And luckily, your eyes aren’t open during the procedure, so its actually pretty unlikely that you will be harmed this way.

So while people’s biggest concern is usually the tweezers, it need not be. What is more concerning is how your skin will react to the glue. Some lash adhesives contain formaldehyde, which can lead to allergic reaction for some. Reactions can lead to oozing, crusting, and irritation. If you’re not sure whether you have an allergy, it’s best to take a quick skin test beforehand!

Another risk of extensions is infection. Because extensions are so long, they can trap dirt and bacteria. Because they are so close to the eyes, this can lead to risks of infections – one of the most common being pink eye.

As for the famous question, “will they destroy my natural lashes?” It’s possible, but not likely. As long as you don’t pull them out, your natural lashes should remain untouched. Just be sure to give your lashes a break every now and again and they should be just fine.

So how safe are lash extensions? For most people, lashes pose little to no risk. But for the odd few they can result in irritation, infection, or allergic reaction. Choose your beautician wisely, do a patch test, and keep your lashes clean to avoid being one of these people.