Your lash extensions are durable once set, but different environments can affect their longevity in different ways. The Winter season presents a unique set of environmental factors that can affect your lash extensions. What are they and what can you do to care for your extensions in the wintertime?
What You Need to Know
If you have been getting eyelash extensions for a while, you are already taking the proper steps to care and maintain your lashes. But during the winter, especially here in Colorado, everything is colder and drier. That is why you need to give your lashes just a little extra love this time of year. Here are a few tips.
How Cold Temps Affect Your Lashes
As we mentioned, once set, your extensions will be durable and tough. When cold temperatures are present, though, the lash adhesive may take longer to cure than usual due to the lack of humidity in the air. That is why you should be especially careful to avoid any moisture near your lashes for the first 48 hours of getting a new lash set or a fill.
In the winter we tend to enjoy long hot baths, steam rooms, saunas, and hot tubs. These activities are absolutely fine, however, you need to be careful to not touch or rub your lashes when they have just been exposed to hot steam or water, as this breaks down the adhesive making them prone to shedding when touched. Once they have cooled off the adhesive will harden again.
How Dryness Affects Your Lashes
Most of us struggle with dry skin this time of year since humidity drops significantly during the cold season. And Colorado is not especially humid to begin with. When your skin is dry, it does not give your lashes a great base to cling to. Strengthen and protect your skin barrier by moisturizing daily. This will aid in maintaining the overall health of your natural lashes, and in return, giving lash extensions a healthy and strong surface to bond to. Be careful though, getting moisturizers with oil, glycerin or wax near your lashes can break down the adhesive and create premature fall out.
How Eating Habits Affect Your Lashes
During these cold, gloomy months, it is only natural to want to indulge occasionally in some comforting foods. Often these hearty, comforting foods are not the healthiest options for us. Offset this by making sure to incorporate enough whole foods rich in vitamins and proteins into your diet. Look into foods, supplements and vitamins that will encourage healthy and strong hair and nail growth, which includes your lashes!
If you keep these few wintertime considerations in mind, your lash extensions will look their best for as long as possible. And when it is time to get professional care or fills, be sure to visit us here at Lashology!