Will Mascara Damage Your Eyelashes? [It can, but…]

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  • If you’re using quality mascara without harsh ingredients (like chemical preservatives, fragrances, petroleum, and colorants) and practicing intelligent care with removal, mascara shouldn’t damage your eyelashes over the longterm
  • If done wrong, mascara can have negative effects on the eyes and lashes, including irritation, redness, and allergies
  • As well, mascara can be harsh to remove and can damage eyelashes if not removed properly
  • It is important to look for mascaras with safe ingredients and to take care when removing mascara to avoid damage
  • You can also save mascara for special occasions to give your eyelashes a break
  • Before buying a mascara, run it through EWG’s Skin Deep database to examine its safety, toxicity potential, and ingredients.

I have always been careful when it comes to using mascara. I was worried about damaging my eyelashes by using it improperly or by using a mascara that contained harmful ingredients.

So, I did a little bit of research to figure out the best way to wear mascara safely over the long term.

First of all, it is important to look for mascaras with safe ingredients. There are a lot of mascaras on the market that contain harmful chemicals like preservatives, petroleum, fragrance, and colorants.

(This beauty blogger quit mascara altogether!)

These ingredients can cause skin problems like irritation, redness, and allergies. They can also be harsh to remove and can damage eyelashes if not removed properly.

I also made sure to apply root to tip and not to overdue it by layering on too much product. Clear mascara became another one of my favorite products to help me achieve fuller lashes without all the goopy fuss.

I also invested in a good eye makeup remover that could gently remove my mascara without damaging my lashes. I used coconut oil soaked in a cotton pad to remove it.

When I first started using makeup as a freshman in highschool, after using mascara too heavily for two weeks, I noticed my eyelashes were getting thinner, and that some of them were falling out.

I was devastated.

I had no idea that using mascara could have such negative effects on my eyelashes. I immediately stopped using it and started doing some research on how to reverse the damage.

It turns out, there are a few things you can do to help your lashes recover from damage caused by mascara.

First, you need to give your lashes a break from the product. If you can, avoid wearing mascara for a week or two to give your lashes time to recover.

During this time, you can try using an eyelash serum or oil to help nourish and strengthen your lashes.

There are also a few mascaras on the market that are specifically designed to be gentle on lashes and help promote growth.

If you want to continue wearing mascara, make sure you are using a quality product without harsh ingredients. Also, be careful when removing your mascara to avoid damaging your lashes further.

With a little bit of care, you can wear mascara without damaging your eyelashes over the longterm.


So, Does Mascara Necessarily Damage Your Eyelashes?

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Putting on mascara will not harm your eyelashes. However, some types of mascaras contain harmful ingredients that may damage your eyes.

Mascara has become an essential addition to every lady’s makeup routine. It makes the eyelashes appear and draw attention to the wearer’s eyes. Despite its popularity, there has been a lot of discussion about the safety of mascara.

Even though wearing mascara might not damage eyelashes, other factors could contribute to damaged eyelashes. Keep reading this post to learn:

  • Does mascara damage your eyelashes?
  • What makes mascara dangerous
  • What kind of habits can damage your eyelashes?
  • How to use mascara without damaging your eyelashes

Putting on mascara is generally not harmful. However, factors such as the removal process, toxic ingredients, curling eyelashes, and overuse can make your eyelashes come out.

What Makes Mascara Dangerous?

Some types of mascara may be dangerous if they contain harmful chemicals. Some have methenamine and coal tar dye that can cause cancer.

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Others have chemicals that can irritate the eyes. Those with waterproof abilities have wax, and it can be challenging to come off. Go for a mascara made with safe ingredients that will not damage your eyes and eyelashes.

What Kind of Habits Can Damage Your Eyelashes?

Certain habits will contribute to your eyelashes falling out, including:

Sleeping with Mascara on

Failure to remove your mascara can harm your eyes. It makes your eyelashes stiff and brittle, making them vulnerable to breaking while sleeping. Make sure to leave some time to remove your mascara before you sleep.

Touching your Eyes While having Mascara On

Your eyes get itchy once in a while. This doesn’t warrant you scratching your eyelashes vigorously. Otherwise, you will end up breaking them.

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Using Heated Eyelash Curlers After Applying Mascara

Prolonged use of heated eyelash curlers makes the eyelashes weak. Therefore, adding mascara on them weakens them further and makes them prone to breaking.

Putting on Waterproof Mascara Constantly

Waterproof mascara is not prone to smudging. However, it’s made of several types of wax and is challenging to come off. The removal process can put a strain on your eyelashes when it is applied regularly, pulling them out eventually.

Sharing your Mascara

Using someone else’s mascara might seem fine at first, but the habit is unhygienic and can have drastic consequences on your eyelashes. Due to its composition, mascara provides an excellent ground for bacteria to grow. The action can result in your eyes getting infected as well.

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Ripping Off Eyelash Extensions

While eyelash extensions can make your eyes stand out, they can destroy your eyelashes. Ripping them off will make some of your eyelashes come off as well. Remember to gently pull them off to prevent any damage to your eyelashes.

How to Use Mascara Without Damaging your Eyelashes

There are different ways to safely use mascara without damaging your eyelashes. These methods include:

Limit Your Use

You should limit your mascara use to give your eyelashes a break and allow them to rejuvenate naturally.

Take it Off at the End of the Day

Once your day is done, remember to take off your mascara. Makeup removers like micellar water would do an excellent job without irritation.

Pick the Right Mascara for Your Eyelashes

There are numerous mascara brands in the market, but not all are great for your eyelashes. Please choose your products from well-known brands with lots of positive reviews from their users. They might be expensive, but they will improve your eyelashes in the long run.

Take Care of Your Eyelashes

Start an eye care routine to protect your eyelashes from damage. Moisturize your lashes using coconut oil to strengthen them for when you use mascara.

So, what does this all mean?

Mascara has been around for centuries, and for good reason—it can make your eyes look dramatically different. However, if not used correctly, it can also damage your eyelashes and cause them to fall out.

In this article, you learned about how to use mascara without damaging your eyelashes, as well as some habits that can cause damage.

The first step is to limit your use of mascara. This is because overuse can make your eyelashes weak and vulnerable to breaking.

It is also important to take off your mascara at the end of the day, as leaving it on overnight can damage your lashes. Make sure to use a makeup remover that is gentle on your eyes.

Another way to use mascara without damaging your eyelashes is to pick the right mascara for your eyelashes.

Not all mascaras are created equal, and some are better for your lashes than others. Look for mascaras made with safe ingredients that will not harm your eyes or eyelashes.

Lastly, take care of your eyelashes by moisturizing them regularly using coconut oil. This will help to strengthen them and make them less prone to breaking when you use mascara.

Final Words

Putting on mascara makes your eyelashes more beautiful. However, frequent use and careless habits will cause damage to them. Therefore, minimizing your usage, checking for harmful ingredients, and taking some time off can keep your eyelashes strong and healthy.

Now that you know how to put on mascara without damaging your eyelashes, start taking care of them today and keep them strong and beautiful.