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Your natural lashes are for more than just blinking and winking. Lashes work to protect the eyes from wind, excess moisture, and sunlight. Your lashes are naturally curved and work with the automatic responses of your eyelids to keep you safe.

False eyelashes (or eyelash extensions) are artificial lashes that can be made from plastic, human hair, or mink, which are stuck over the natural lashes to make them appear longer and fuller. As with anything else, there are pros and cons to using false lashes.

Why do people advocate for false lashes?

People love false lashes because they:

  • save time when dressing up.
  • give a more glam look.
  • enhance the natural beauty of the eyes.

However, while false lashes make life easy, they can cause a variety of problems. Especially when not applied, worn, or removed properly.

Problems false lashes can cause

Some problems they cause include:

Eye infections

Any foreign body near the eyes poses a risk of infection.

Allergic reaction

People might react to the material used to make the lash or the glue. If you notice any redness, burning sensation, swelling, or a rash when wearing lashes, visit your optometrist.

Damage to your real eyelashes

The glue could pull out the real lash as the false lash is being removed.

Eye injuries:

The glue or the false lash can scratch and injure the cornea.

How to use false lashes safely

False lashes are here to stay. If you cannot avoid wearing them, then it is best to know how to use them as safely as possible.

  • Fix your lash extensions with a professional
  • Limit the amount of glue you use and avoid glues with formaldehyde.
  • Be very gentle when removing the lashes.
  • Don’t make the lashes too long.
  • Never share your false lashes with anyone else.
  • Avoid false lashes with glitter or jewels.
  • Clean your eyelids after taking off your false lashes.

Take good care of your natural eyelashes as they are important for protecting your eyes.