Three Pros Explain How to Clean Your Eyelash Extensions to Avoid Lash Mites (Yes, They Exist)
Eyelash extensions are totally underrated. I got a fresh set of natural-looking lashes just before Christmas, and they completely transformed my beauty routine. Not only did I no longer have to worry about applying mascara every morning, but I also found that I didn't need much more than a thin layer of tinted moisturiser and a touch of blush regardless of where I was heading.
But when I was showing off my lash extensions (read: bragging) to a friend, she freaked out about eyelash lice and mites and demanded I go home immediately and clean them. And that's when I realised I had no idea how to clean my eyelash extensions, let alone what eyelash lice were. So I went straight to the experts — Dr. Sophie Shotter, medical director and founder of Illuminate Skin Clinic in Kent, Dr. Michele Green, cosmetic dermatologist and chief resident in dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and Natalie Piper, international training manager at British eyelash extension company Lash Perfect — and asked them to share their insights on all things eyelash extensions hygiene. Read on to see what they said.