Allergies & Allergic Reactions: Part 3

Part 3 of Eyelash Enhancements, Allergies and Allergic Reactions

Eyelash Lid Irritation

Extensions themselves can cause irritation of the eyelid skin because they sometimes rub against the eyelid skin while the client is sleeping.  The thicker the extensions, the more irritation they can cause in sensitive individuals.  To rule out mechanical (i.e. non chemical) irritation, try switching to the thinner extensions (.15 mm).  If the symptoms are reduces or eliminated, you can conclude that the adhesive is not the cause.  People with sensitive skin are more likely to suffer eyelid irritation from the friction of thick lash extensions rubbing against the lid.  Make sure the extensions are placed perfectly at the lash line.  If they are too close, they will rub against the lid and cause itching, redness and swelling.  If they are too far away, they’re able to move around too much, which causes more friction and irritation when sleeping.

Eyelash extensions should NOT touch the skin, the extensions should be applied about 1 mm away from the lid.  During a ReLash/Fill appointment, the extensions that have grown beyond 2 mm should be removed and a new extension is applied.  Within the last year there have been more options for thinner lashes, such as .07 and .05.  At EyeDeux, we use a variety of diameters to customize the look and feel for each person.  For a free consultation and to schedule an appointment, click HERE or call us at 757.742.3389.

Eyelash Extension Adhesive and Formaldehyde

In recent eyelash extension adhesive news…..

As a trained, certified and licensed eyelash enhancement studio, we at EyeDeux take this “Xtreme-ly” serious and thought we should share.

Notes from Jo Mousselli, Registered Nurse, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of Xtreme Lashes:

Does Xtreme Lashes add formaldehyde to its eyelash extension adhesives?
Statement 1
“We DO NOT add formaldehyde to ANY of our adhesives. Furthermore, our FlexFusion Adhesive is both hypoallergenic and medical-grade.”

Statement 2
“Formaldehyde is NOT an added ingredient in any Xtreme Lashes adhesives. Our adhesives are made using the same properties and ingredients found in medical-grade adhesives. Medical-grade adhesives are used by surgeons to close wounds without stitches, a practice called suture-less wound closure. Additionally, Our FlexFusion line of adhesives are hypoallergenic, medical grade, and manufactured at a US-based, FDA registered facility that specializes in medical adhesives.

There is a very, very low chance that during the degradation process, after the drop of adhesive has been dispensed from the bottle, a miniscule amount of formaldehyde ‘may’ be produced. This is true of all cyanoacrylate adhesives- including those used in the medical industry to close wounds without sutures. Please note that we teach our Lash Stylists to change the adhesive drop every 15 minutes and to discard the bottle every three months after opening. Having said this, if formaldehyde is released, the chance is very, very small and the amount is very, very minuscule.”

Do eyelash extension adhesives or eyelash extension applications cause infections?
“Infections are caused by pathogens: infectious microorganisms such as bacterias, viruses, fungus/yeast, and parasites. Xtreme Lashes adhesives are developed under strict sanitary and hygienic conditions. Additionally, our Lash Stylists are trained to perform safe, sanitary, and hygienic application techniques, using single-use disposable application products to prevent contamination and the spread of infectious organisms from one person to another through cross-contamination.

The only application tools that are NOT disposable are the tweezers, scissors, and adhesive trays which can be disinfected and sanitized with solutions such as Barbicide®. Furthermore, we train our Lash Stylists to segment lash extensions from lash trays, using designated clean scissors, and to apply the lash segments to a clean and single-use disposable sponge prior to the application to prevent cross-contamination.”

In addition to the information above, please feel free to post this link of our Health and Safety page on our website for additional information on this matter:
http://www.xtremelashes.com/NC_eyelash_extensions_health_safety.aspx

Schedule your appointment today at one of our EyeDeux studios located in Virginia Beach and Yorktown, Virginia.

Swimming with Eyelash Extensions

One of the major advantages of wearing semi-permanent eyelash extensions is that you’re able to swim without the worries of running mascara.

When applied correctly, eyelash extensions can give you the look of mascara and the curl of a lash curler without using those tools again. After the initial 48 hours application, you may swim, get in the sauna or hot tub and still look fabulous.

During the summer days more clients are enjoying water activities and have had questions on how to care for their lash extensions. Since I have worn the XtremeLashes long term and enjoy swimming year round, I’d share personal tips on how to save their eyelash extensions:

The best way to save your semi-permanent eyelash extensions is to wear swimming goggles. The lens must fit comfortably so that the extensions do not touch the lens. 

If swimming without goggles, DO NOT WIPE OR RUB YOUR EYELASH EXTENSIONS! This is very hard to get used to, I know from personal experience. Wiping above the lashes and under your eyes is best, avoid constant touching of the extensions.

Use the Xtreme Lashes Protective Coating twice per week, wait 48 hours after eyelash extensions application to resume use.

Once out of the water, GENTLY dab the extensions with a dry towel or lint-free cloth. Regardless of salt water or a chlorine pool, the extensions need to be cleaned just like your hair needs to be shampooed. If XtremeLashes Mascara Wand or disposable mascara brush is present, groom your eyelash extensions into place.

I hope those tips are helpful. If you’re wearing a different brand of eyelash extensions, inquire with that company about products they might have to preserve their lashes. Here is a current picture of my lashes…swim two to three times per week, last ReLash was July 15th. Excuse the eye redness, fresh out the pool 🙂 

Oh, one more thing…I filled in my eyebrows with the Xtreme Lashes Brow Pen. Using an angeld brush, I mixed the Light and Deep…most of my brows are still filled in after over an hour of swimming!

All products mentioned above can be picked up at the Virginia Beach and Newport News Eye Deux studios.  If outside the Hampton Roads area, contact your local XL Stylist.