HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas — As Shelter-In-Place orders continue, women are turning to D.I.Y beauty routines more than ever in the absence of cosmetic services.
However, when it comes to eyelash extensions, medical experts say self installations are dangerous.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmologists the risks of incorrectly “rubbing, tugging or pulling” natural lashes could possibly cause permanent damage to the eyelash follicle.
The chances of possible infection or irritation increase when you apply your own eyelash extensions.
McAllen licensed aesthetician, Selena Esquivel says the best way to keep your eyes safe is to have an experienced aesthetician install your eyelash extensions with chemicals that are safe for your skin.
“If you have not given your lashes a break, now is the time to give them a break. Use serums. Use oils. Take your vitamins. Take care of your natural lashes, so whenever the time does come up when we do get to open back up, your natural lashes are healthy,” she explained.
Esquivel recommends that you allow your extensions to fall out naturally.
However, applying a very small amount of coconut oil on a q-tip or a cleaning brush and gently brushing along your eyelid serves as a safe alternative to speed up the natural removal process.