Have you ever noticed that men often have beautiful, full lashes? It’s not just a cruel twist of fate – men usually treat lashes more gently than those of us who coat them with makeup and glue on the daily. Lush, full lashes are a sought after accessory, but you can get them without falsies!

LashesLash extensions have soared in popularity in recent years. While you may seek these out looking for fuller lashes, extensions have been the culprit of more eyelashes falling out due to the extra stress on follicles.

Fake eyelashes and glue can damage the delicate eyelid skin, as well as pull out individual hairs.

Mascara coats your entire hair shaft and can leave your lashes very dry. This can inhibit growth by making them brittle. If you fall asleep with your eye makeup on, this gives lashes almost no time to be free of waxes and oils, and the tiny hair follicles of your lashes can get clogged.

Dying lashes should be avoided at all costs! Dying lashes is illegal in many states and not only can it cause lash loss, but can damage your eye severely, even causing blindness.

Avoid these four eyelash enemies to help your natural lashes grow longer and fuller!

You put a lot of time, energy and money into carefully selecting and purchasing the skincare and cosmetics you use. You want them to be effective for as long as possible, right? Making sure you purchase products in airless, opaque packaging is the first step, but you can also protect your most precious potions in an unexpected way: keep your products in the fridge!

  • Keep products in the fridgeYour bathroom is a very volatile environment. It’s constantly filling with steam, clearing out, and changing temperature from cold to hot. For your products, it’s like being in the jungle! Delicate ingredients last longer when kept stable.
  • Your fridge may not have room for your whole beauty regimen, but certain things can benefit from the big chill: natural and organic products, skincare with powerful anti-aging ingredients, and favorite products you may not use very quickly because you stock up on them in case they’re discontinued.
  • Keep a plastic bin just for makeup and skincare products to keep them separate from the food in your fridge.
  • Have a little extra room? Fragrance also benefits from being kept cool. The steamy environment of your bathroom can damage the integrity of the fragrance. Plus, a spritz of body spray that’s been kept in the fridge can be very refreshing!

For the wellbeing of your skin, sleeping in makeup is definitely something to avoid as much as possible.

Sleeping in MakeupEvery once in a while, we all have our slip ups, and at the end of a long day, we may even nod out in full pancake-face. Don’t give yourself a guilt trip when you see your smudged reflection the next morning! There are few things you can do to help your skin recover and avoid breakouts, irritation and wrinkles.

  • Avoid rubbing off your mascara and resist picking at any breakouts that may have popped up. After you wash and tend to your face, it will look much less irritated.
  • After sitting all night, makeup can be more stubborn to remove from deep within pores. Wash twice with a mild face wash that can emulsify makeup, like our Gentle Cleanser, to ensure all makeup is thoroughly cleansed.
  • Allow your skin to have a few moments under a warm washcloth to work on your eye makeup, as day old mascara can tug out lashes!
  • Because skin didn’t get to regulate itself well under the makeup, you may experience vastly different skin textures. One area may be oily, one may be desert-like and need exfoliating, and one may be too irritated to exfoliate. Simply use a gentle cleanser suitable for all skin types, and then moisturize to soothe your entire face.
  • You may be tempted to layer on concealer, foundation and powder again to cover stressed skin, but try to resist for at least a few hours. If you can, let your face breathe and keep it free of makeup to help skin renew its balance.

You’ve probably heard to never sleep in makeup. But, it’s not just something your mother used to say to nag you – there are real reasons to abide by this beauty tradition.

After working all day or dancing the night away, it is so tempting to crawl into bed and deal with removing all of your makeup in the morning. But, skipping this step can cause several side effects you spend your time trying to prevent with your skin care routine, so don’t allow them to creep up on you while sleeping in makeup!

Sleeping in Makeup

  • Sleep is when your skin restores itself – allow your cells the time to regenerate by freeing your pores. Use a gentle washcloth with your cleanser to help remove your makeup daily (get a pack of seven and use a fresh one each day of the week).
  • Foundation can be the worst of the makeup culprits to sleep in – unlike blush or lip liner, it completely covers your face’s pores. Don’t think that if you’re just wearing foundation you should skip the sink.
  • Makeup and pollutants your skin has accumulated throughout the day can transfer onto your pillowcase. Who wants to hear from yesterday’s dirt when you’re going for fresh, acne-free skin?
  • A face that has worn makeup all day can collect a lot of free radicals – allowing these to remain will result in the breakdown of collagen in your skin. Our Gentle Cleanser has powerful antioxidant properties to fight free radical damage and cleanse makeup from your skin.
  • Eye makeup may coat your lashes rather than your skin, but it isn’t exempt! Sleeping in eye makeup actually brings additional dangers – it can clog the tiny hair follicles of your lashes, and eyeliner and mascara can get rubbed into your eyes as you sleep, causing irritation. You won’t do your lashes any favors by keeping them coated in mascara, either. It may cause them to become brittle and break off more easily. Who wants to lose eyelashes?

If you slip up every once an a while and hit the sack without washing, just keep a pack of cleansing wipes on your night stand so you can remove makeup even if you’re nodding out. Your skin will thank you!