To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse; The Ultimate Lash Question!

Updated: Nov 30, 2018

So, your eyelash extension technician tells you not to wet your lashes for 24-48 hours post service to ensure those babies stay where they're meant to be. You go home, 48 hours goes by and you think to yourself, "Maybe if I don't wash them at all they'll stay on even longer!" Maybe not ... Let's look at why!

I'm going to start off with telling you, you absolutely MUST cleanse your lashes, regardless of whether or not you wear makeup or not. Our eyelids still shed skin cells, our skin still has natural oils, not to mention the outside environment having an impact on cleanliness as well.

It boils down to you wash your hands, hair, body, vegetables ... lashes are just as important! If we aren't keeping our lashes clean then we are susceptible to irritation, infection (pink eye, Blepharitis, even mites) and of course premature lash extension loss!

So what is best to wash your lashes with?

Whether you're reading online or hearing it straight from your technician's mouth or listening to what your BFF recommends, you're probably getting 3 different answers. Let's take a look at the options!


Firstly, water doesn't really clean anything on its own. Moving on.

Micellar Water

I personally find that this doesn't do enough to remove the dirt, debris, oils and makeup. MW is derived from plant-based oils. Vegetable glycerin is produced from vegetable oils (plant oils, palm oils or coconut oils). Cutting to the point ... oil and extensions do not work.

Baby Shampoo