How Safe are Eyelash Extensions?

So you’re thinking about getting eyelash extensions, but are worried whether or not they are safe. It’s a logical question given that they are applied to the delicate eye area. But hundreds of people are having them done everyday, so they must be safe, right!? The answer is both yes and no.

The truth is that there is no cosmetic procedure in this world that can be deemed as 100% safe. And if anyone tries to tell you that there are no risks involved with a procedure, it’s probably best to move on to the next. But to better understand what risks are imposed with lash extensions, we should first talk about how they are applied.

A full set of lash extensions can take a few hours to apply, mainly because of the detail and precision that goes into it. Long pointed tweezers are used to apply a single synthetic lash to each single natural lash – one lash at a time. That means that depending on how many natural lashes you have, your technician could be applying anywhere between 40 and 100 lashes in a single session. To keep the lashes attached, a strong glue is used.

So what could go wrong? Most people would guess that the majority of extension risks stem from using tweezers close to the eye. And while this definitely is a risk, most problems don’t arise from sharp tweezers. It’s actually the glue that is used to bond the lashes that is the largest cause of concern. Many times these glues contain formaldehyde or other chemicals that can cause reactions and irritation. In worse case scenarios, infections can occur causing the eyelids to swell shut – and completely imposing on what was supposed to be a beauty boost.

But the reality of the matter? In regards to lash extensions, there’s really not much to worry about. This is especially true when you compare the risks of extensions with the everyday mascara that we use all the time. Think about it. Everyday we apply mascara that is filled with toxic chemicals to our eyelids. Many mascaras contain paragons, dioxane, and phthalates – all of which contain cancer causing agents. In addition, mascara tubes are feeding grounds for bacteria – a safe, dark place where germs and bacteria can thrive – and then be transferred directly onto your eyes!

So are risks of extensions really that bad in comparison? We think not!

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