Warning: These Facial Cleansers Could Cause Your Lash Extensions to Drop Faster!

Published on Apr 08, 2020

You've got your eyelash extensions and you look lush.

Every blink is eloquent, and the windows to your soul look larger, more soulful and flatteringly, flutteringly framed.

You go on Zoom meetings without a spot of makeup and you still look like a Hollywood star - one thing good about Covid-19 hygiene since you are extra careful not not to touch your face especially anywhere near your lashes.

You think, this happiness will last least six weeks - the time your natural lashes grow out and fall - probably enough to take you through the circuit breaker until salons open again and you can go for a touch up.

And then... you notice the extensions starting to fall.

Any more and there will be a hole in your lashlin! 

You're worried everybody will see it with those super close-ups on Zoom.

All you've ever done is give your extensions extensive love...what could you be doing wrong??

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The Facial Cleanser you're using may be the Culprit

Truth be told, there are many things that could potentially make your lash extensions fall faster but the experts at Allongee Japanese Beauty Design @ Keong Saik Road tell us that very often, your facial cleanser is the culprit. It is after all the facial product you use all over your face every day, so it is unsurprising to find that the very thing you use to strip off your facial oils and makeup contain the very ingredients that nibble away at the adhesive holding the extensions to your actual lashes. 

Not all facial cleansers do that of course, which is why we're here to reveal which to avoid!

1. Oil-Based Facial and Makeup Cleansers

While oil, milk and cream sound delicious, they will be the ones doing the eating - of your eyelash extensions' adhesive that is. These rich cleansers help to dissolve makeup without harsh rubbing, but that's not the only thing they break down. Keep these a safe social distance from your lashes if you want them to look long for longer, unless you have super stubborn makeup on that will not budge otherwise.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Can Cause Lash Extensions to Drop Faster

How do you know if a cleanser is oil-based? The easy way is to see if there are the words 'oil', 'cream', 'milk' or sometimes 'lotion' in the product name. Some products are sneakier, and the title may look oil-free, so look on its ingredients list: Does the top ingredient contain the word 'oil', glycerin', 'glyceryl', or 'glycol'? These mean that oils or oil products make up the main part of the cleanser. 

2. SOME Gel-based cleansers

This brings us to those jelly-like gel cleansers that are fun, gentle, and big with both Asian and Western beauty brands. Their half-solid half-liquid texture is lauded for deap cleansing while making less of a mess, and they're actually made up of a combination of water and oil (or oil products). While they are generally better for your extensions that oil-based cleansers, you might still want to pick those where the words 'oil', glycerin', 'glyceryl', or 'glycol' appear further from the top of the ingredient list.

However, gel cleansers that warm up upon application are an absolute no-no. Our experts stress that this heat compromises the adhesive and that these cleansers should be exiled from your extensions' presence.

Gel Based Cleanser Can Make Lash Extensions to Drop Faster

Our Chief Editor Agent G thought herself real clever when she bought this from her last trip to Japan... only to find her lash extensions dropping like flies within days of using it. She had to make an emergency appointment to her fave Japanese lash salon Allongee Japanese Beauty Design @ Keong Saik Road to get her eyes looking presentable.

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What can I use to remove those makeup without oil or gel? 

Lash Friendly Micellar Water

Your answer lies in water; not pure H20 but water-based cleansers. 

Similar to oil cleansers, water-based cleansers glide seamlessly onto skin. But the difference is that they are very friendly to eyelash extensions, the way you're still friendly to your first love in primary school.

And there are all sorts of them nowadays, from foaming ones to ones that seem like thinner gel cleansers, to a whole spectrum of micellar water options. To tell whether your cleanser is water-based, the key thing to look out for is the words 'water' or 'aqua' appearing at the very top of the ingredient list. Also when you pick that bottle up, the contents should look limpid enough that you could almost chug them down (but please don't). 

The best of the best - Custom cleansers

Generally: oil bad, water good, but for the very best option, check out certain cleansers available at your eyelash technician's or online. These are custom-made to preserve those divine extensions, which after all require different care from the rest of your face to maintain tip-top condition and give you maximum mileage. Too costly or troublesome to get a dedicated lash cleanser?  Try checking with your eyelash technicians as to which cleansers will see you through, or scan our above guide.

Makeup Remover Suitable for Lash Extensions

Makeup removers recommended by Agent G's lash therapists at Allongee Japanese Beauty Design @ Keong Saik Road 

And remember: Oil-based makeup is as bad as oil-based cleansers for that adhesive, so don't use it close to your eye. Remember those things, and your lovely new lashes, as long as properly applied, should have a long and happy life.

How To Remove Eye Makeup With Lash Extensions

For more tips on how to make your lash extension last beyond the Circuit Breaker, read more tips on how you can extend the life of your lash extensions here.

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