Health and beauty–eyelash edition

For years women have tried different methods for getting the perfect, full eyelashes. From mascara to false lashes to eyelash growth serums, people have tried it all. Lately, there’s a new craze hitting the eyelash market: lash extensions.

Lash extensions are being used frequently by celebrities, and involve gluing false lashes to the ends of your own natural lashes. The extensions are typically made of synthetic material, silk, or (amazingly) mink. Price ranges roughly from $200-$1000, and the set of lashes lasts around 3 weeks.

The American Academy of Ophthamology has discovered some health risks that lash extensions pose, and I want to share them with you so that you can be well-informed AND beautiful!

“The American Academy of Ophthalmology cautions consumers about the dangers of cosmetic eyelash extensions and the adhesives used to apply them to eyelids. Specific dangers of using these extensions include:

  • Infection of the cornea;
  • Infection of the eyelid;
  • Swelling of the eyelid; and
  • Permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes.

A 2013 article published in Consumer Reports titled, “Eyelash extensions can pose health risks,” discusses several cases in which patients experienced infections and allergic reactions to formaldehyde-based adhesives used with eyelash extensions.

Given the risks, the American Academy of Ophthalmology urges consumers to use caution if considering eyelash extensions. For consumers who choose to use eyelash extensions, the Academy offers the following advice:

  • Ensure that the aesthetician is certified and working at a reputable establishment.
  • Check that the aesthetician practices adequate handwashing and proper hygiene.
  • Check the eyelash adhesive ingredients before use.

Anyone who experiences an infection, allergic reaction or other irritation from using eyelash extensions or other eye products should immediately see an ophthalmologist – a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye conditions.”


Another common remedy for thin or short lashes is a lash-growing serum, like Latisse. Visit this link to see possible side-effects of using this type of product: Latisse side-effects

Finally, there’s the old stand-by—your favorite mascara. Mascara is formulated in such a way to be pretty safe for use—of course, if you notice any discomfort, switch brands (and consult the ingredient list to make sure you’re not buying exactly the same thing). Also, remember to replace your mascara every 2-3 months to keep it bacteria-free!

Any questions, comments, or observations about eyelashes or eyelash products? Feel free to comment or email them on over!