How to Stop Pulling Off Eyelashes When Removing* Make Up?

Stop Pulling Off Eyelashes
Q: I wear waterproof mascara every day, and when I remove* it I always lose* 2-4 eyelashes per eye. I used to have lovely thick lashes but now there is literally nothing left…I use good quality mascara? Is there anything I could do to stop it without changing mascaras as in, any techniques?
Expert Answer

We’re really glad that you posed this question for us today as we’re sure that this is a problem that troubles a big group of mascara using women. Mascaras are a godsend, there really is no question to that but it does come with a price, and that is the health of your lashes.

Honestly, the first trick we would have to give to you (and you may not like this) is to only use water proof mascaras on special occasions. Doctor Jeanette Graf, a clinical research dermatologist has said that water-proof mascara can be a problem. The process of removing* waterproof mascara is so tedious since it is so difficult to remove*. You usually end up having to tug at your eyelashes just so that the mascara can be removed. The trick to remember in removing* mascara is there is no rush. You can take all the time you need. You should gently and slowly remove* the mascara from your lashes. Also, using hypoallergenic and organic eye makeup removers is highly recommended since they don’t contain any alcohol or astringent.

Many women rely on the magic* of mascara since this opens up the eyes and defines the eye lashes. However, many forget to take their mascara off every night. The eye lashes, like normal hair on your scalp, can dry up and become brittle if not properly cared for. This could lead to breakage and your lashes can become weak and will start to fall off. This could also lead to an eye infection since sleeping with your mascara on (or any eye product for that matter) heightens the probability of you rubbing it into your eyes.

Before going to sleep, washing your face is not enough since most eye make-up is produced to be waterproof. The important thing to note in eye make-up removal is that, there is no rush. There is no need to tug on the eyelashes in order to remove* the mascara. Simply take a cotton ball and an eye makeup remover or, if you want something more organic, olive oil, then gently rub on to your lash area. Always remember to use different cotton balls per eye area to lessen the risk of spreading impurities.

That’s basically it. The most we can give to mascara lovers out there is to first, reserve your waterproof mascaras literally for the rainy days which means if you’re just going to be staying at home or running a couple of errands then it is always best to go for a more natural look. As was already stated, waterproof mascara is incredibly hard to remove* and your lashes could suffer because of that. Another tip is to be gentle. Your lashes are extremely sensitive and a couple of tugs here and there will usually leave you with 1 or 2 detached lashes at a time. Always remember to use eye makeup remover and to pat slowly instead of the constant rub and tug that got you there in the first place.

Always remember that your lashes serve you a very important purpose, they protect your eyes from all of the dirt and debris that could infect it. If you continue to focus solely on you lashes’ cosmetic abilities then you will be left with dry and brittle lashes.

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Contributor : Andrea Moore (Consumer Health Digest)

Andrea Moore has been a senior writer for Consumer Health Digest for more than a decade. She specializes in in all topics related to health, fitness, nutrition, and beauty. She has also worked as a communications and marketing professional. Connect with Andrea on Facebook for constant updates on her projects.

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