Lockdown got me like
what a start to the year! Looks like 2021 is starting how 2020 ended but I think we need to go in to this with a different mindset. If there is one thing that I have learnt from the past year it’s that taking time out to refresh can actually help. This creates a stronger and healthier mind, we just have to change our perspective.
I have struggled with my mental health. Being confined to four walls has given me time to think, to take time out for myself and concentrate on what is important. Let’s use this time in lockdown 03 / 2021 to look after ourselves and prepare for when life can resume.
My first step is to encourage you ladies to embrace your natural beauty, we put ourselves down far too often. Now is the time to look after those natural lashes, to let them grow and repair.
Again, we have no choice but to take a break from all things outside the home which means eyelash extensions are no longer available.
I understand how difficult it is to go from your weekly fix to now looking in the mirror and thinking ‘ I look like a small boy”, “a naked mole rat” but Sweetheart, I promise you, you don’t! We are all beautiful, let’s find that positivity about ourselves again and restore the lashes we have!!
But how do we go from those perfectly perfect sets of lashes we wake up to every morning, with having to do nothing, to complete nothingness once that last extension has fallen away.
Will any amount of mascara or heated curlers really suffice?
Of course!! Your lashes are beautiful!! 🌹
I’m not suggesting that Eyelash extensions themselves are damaging and that’s why you need a break, in actual fact, as long as they are applied with a high level of skill and a well educated artist that uses the correct weight and length they’re great for long term wear, many actually state that the extension protects the natural lash from daily application and aggressive removal of mascara and make up.
The next 6 weeks is a good time to really give those naturals a full break and some TLC. If we can bare all great but you do still have options without the extensions.
Do not pull out or pick the last of your extensions as this will cause premature lash loss and damage to your existing naturals.
Carry out your regular cleansing routine and they will fall away in their own time.
Most of us already have a morning and evening facial skin care routine, ensure you are cleaning your eye area with a biphasic eye makeup remover. Water and oil combos are brilliant at lifting and shifting makeup quickly. If you suffer with sensitive eyes avoid removers containing harsh detergents such as sodium laureth sulfate in their ingredients list. Look for products that are alcohol or fragrance free so that you avoid drying out both the lashes and skin around the eye.
When cleaning the lashes it’s important that you use a💯 lint free cotton pad and gold against the eye for 30 seconds breaking down any make up, dirt or bacteria in this area. The constant build up of dirt and bacteria can cause brittle and weak lashes and common eye problems like Blepharitis, inflammation and irritation of the eyelash follicles.
The key thing to remember when cleaning is not to rub aggressively or pull on your lashes, gently wipe from the inner eye to the outer in one motion. You can repeat the soaking and wiping gently until all products have been removed.
Now to help with the growth of your natural eyelashes use a tried and tested growth serum like revita lash. I realise this isn’t in everyone’s budget so a good branded Castor oil will also work wonders. Castor oil contains Vitamin E which works as a powerful antioxidant that conditions your lashes and keeps them from falling out. It also helps repair damage to hair follicles, which then promotes hair growth. Also rich in Ricinoleic Acid, castor oil also contains naturally high levels of ricinoleic acid, an omega-9 essential fatty acid that thickens your lashes and stimulates lash growth.
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Be careful not to over apply as this can cause irritation and inflammation, use a clean applicator and run along the lash line. This can be done morning and night after your cleansing ritual.
The best way to really give those naturals a break is to avoid the use of any mascaras over the coming weeks if it is possible, but if you can’t’ and want to use a Mascara to create some definition use one that will strengthen and protect your lashes, have a look at the best 16 here, https://www.herworld.com/gallery/beauty/makeup/best-conditioning-mascaras-good-lashes/
It is again always advisable that you check your ingredients.
Strip lashes can be another alternative and again they need to be applied and removed with care and attention to avoiding premature lash loss.
Most strips gently peel away from the top layer of the natural lashes without causing any damage, if you feel they are still going strong, use a lint free cotton pad soaked in eye make up remover and hold on the strip lash and naturals for 30 seconds to loosen.
Once the strip has peeled away, use the eye make up remover to remove any excess adhesive on the strip to preserve the strip lash for another application.
LAB Lashes strip lashes are light in weight and can be used up to 20 times. https://www.lorynslashesandtraining.co.uk/shop
Continue your eye make up remover routine on your naturals until rid of all adhesive and build up of makeup and bacteria.
Remember you don’t need lashes on for your lashes to be beautiful
Embrace your personal journey and give yourself some mindful TLC xoxo