Remove Your Mascara Nightly for Healthier & Longer Lashes

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; removing your eye makeup before you go to bed at night should be your number one priority when trying to grow or maintain long, healthy eyelashes. Once you get into the habit of doing it, the routine will become second nature. Considering it only takes a few minutes with the right supplies and technique, you really have no excuse NOT to take better care of your lashes. You’ll only need some basic beauty supplies, many of which you probably already have on hand. Round up some hypo-allergenic baby shampoo, soft facial tissues, q-tips and cold cream and you’ll be ready to go.

Start by washing your face with lukewarm water. This should take care of any excess mascara. Use a soft facial tissue to gently clean around your eyes and wipe your lashes (be gentle!). Rub a very small amount (a few drops) of baby shampoo very gently onto your eyelids for about 20-30 seconds and completely rinse them off. You can also use a hypo-allergenic baby wipe to gently clean your eyes. Keep in mind that baby shampoo is less expensive and works just as well. Clean your face with water once more to make sure you don’t have any residual baby shampoo left on your skin and then gently pat it dry.

As always, be very careful when cleaning around your eyes and be especially gentle when cleaning your eyelashes. When it comes to baby shampoo, you can use a name brand such as Johnson & Johnson or just pick up the store brand if you want to save some money. The important thing to remember here is that you want hypo-allergenic shampoo. If the skin around your eyes feels tight after cleaning, you may use a soft q-tip to apply a small amount of your favorite cold cream. Before we sign off we should mention baby oil. If you’ve been using baby oil to remove your mascara, we recommend that you stop and start using the method outlined above. Although it may be effective, repeated use of baby oil to remove makeup can be harmful to your eyes so try to avoid using it if possible. Warm water and baby shampoo works just as well or better and is generally considered a very safe method of removing your mascara.

Posted in Eyelash Tips on Aug 28, 2009


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