No ophthalmologist or even beauty guru would suggest that anyone fall asleep with makeup or false eyelashes. Not only are these compounds harmful to your skin over time, but sleeping in fake eyelashes can also cause your natural hair to fall out.
The thick strip along the bottom of fake lashes can irritate the skin around your eye and the adhesive used to hold them on can also cause irritation.
Fake Eyelashes And Skin Damage
Most topical cosmetic products are made to be work for a limited amount of time. From lipstick to foundation, all of these are formulated to be worn from anywhere from 4 hours to 24 hours.
There are plenty of instances where many people will forget to remove their makeup, or simply want to test the limits of their long-wear products. When it comes to false eyelashes, they are never intended to be worn overnight.
There are a few reasons why you should always remove fake eyelashes before you sleep, the main reason being the chance of skin damage. The area around your eyes features some of the most delicate and thin skin on your entire body.
This sensitive skin can easily become irritated, itchy, and dry even without the use of fake eyelashes. Anything irritating left on this sensitive skin has the potential to cause skin damage more so than any other area of your body.
Ingredients In Fake Eyelash Glue
Fake eyelashes themselves are usually made of natural or synthetic hair attached to a plastic band. This band is applied to the eyelid using any variation of eyelash glue. Some glue for cosmetics use is formulated to be gentle, but most, if not all types contain formaldehyde.
This chemical may sound familiar. Formaldehyde is used as a preservative, most often for dead bodies who will be shown for viewing during funerals. The formaldehyde in eyelash glue is less concentrated but it has been proven to be one of the leading causes of keratoconjunctivitis.
This is basically the swelling of the cornea and conjunctiva, which can be unsightly at best, and extremely painful at its worst. This can leave your eyes susceptible to many other sorts of infections or even cause long term damage if left untreated.
Wearing Fake Eyelashes & Makeup Overnight
Sleeping in makeup or fake eyelashes is never a good idea. It can have a negative effect on your skin and on your natural lashes. The glue used to attach lashes to your lids can clog pores when not properly removed after use.
It can also cause the natural collagen in your skin to break down which will trigger the development of wrinkles and fine lines over time.
Most people don’t get breakouts on their eyelids, but clogged pores on the lids can lead to infections that may affect your vision if not treated. The fake lashes and the glue can also get stuck in your hair or on your pillow, which can put pressure on your natural lashes as you sleep.
This may result in loss of natural lash hair as well.