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Beware! The Top 3 Common Eyelash Dangers

Many women, in their desire for the longer eyelashes that are a mark of beauty in our culture actually put themselves at risk for troubling eyelash dangers. Want eyelash enhancement? A good rule of thumb is to always work with a licensed aesthetician in a highly-regarded salon or medical spa. Many accidents are caused when amateurs try to perform these procedures at home on their own eyes. So don’t experiment on your BFF, OK? Keeping that in mind, the most common dangers of eyelash treatment are listed below:

Dangers of Lash Growth Serums

There are tons of lash growth serums on the market. Some are manufactured by cosmetic giants; others are prescription medications with lash growth side effects. However, what many of these serums have in common is a downright scary combination of chemicals that can cause harm to your body.

The most common side effect of these chemicals is skin irritation, but many of these serums also contain chemicals such as prostoglandin analogues that cause nerve center depression, immune system dysfunction, and even (though the jury is still out on this in some cases) cancer. Some serums even contain forms of alcohol that, ridiculous though it seems, dry out your lashes and cause further damage.

The good news is that there are some serums coming out on the market that condition and fortify the lashes without any side effects.

Dangers of Eyelash Perming

Eyelash perming, just like perming your crowning glory, is a chemical treatment designed to give the lashes a semi-permanent curl. This treatment is usually sought by those of us who have little to no curl in their natural lashes and are sick and tired of using an eyelash curler every day. As with any procedure involving chemicals around the delicate eye area, lash perms can cause serious irritation if not done properly.

A licensed aesthetician will make sure to place gauze pads under the lashes to prevent the chemical from getting into the eyes. She will also know the proper amount of perming solution, neutralizers, and conditioners to use to ensure a safe perming session.

Dangers of Fake Eyelashes

Fake eyelashes are temporary lash enhancers that are held in place with glue or adhesive. The glue used to tack down false eyelashes can cause irritation and can be difficult to remove. When attaching false eyelashes, try a tiny dab of the glue in an inconspicuous place on your skin and see your body’s reaction. If you are OK, then continue with applying your lashes. Don’t go all "I Love Lucy" and glue your eyes shut! Just kidding! To remove, use a Q-tip dipped in water, and rub gently across the glue line.




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