Are you considering getting a lash lift? It's a great way to make your eyes look bigger and brighter, but you may be wondering if it uses any harsh chemicals. The answer is yes, but there are also safer alternatives. In this article, we'll discuss the different ingredients used in lash lifts, the risks associated with them, and how to choose a safe option. Polyacrylamide is a common ingredient used in lash lifts. It creates a thin layer on the hair, nails, or skin that helps keep them in place by preventing them from absorbing moisture.
While it's not ideal for eyelashes, since they need moisture to grow, it's only used for a short period of time so the risks are minimal. Thioglycolic acid is another ingredient used in lash lifts. It changes the structure of hair fibers to create semi-permanent or permanent waves or smooths. Unfortunately, this ingredient is banned in cosmetics in Canada due to its potential health risks. Propylene glycol is another common ingredient used in lash lifts.
It's a moisturizer that helps other ingredients penetrate the skin. While it's considered safe in low doses, there is concern about its combination with other harmful ingredients as it can help them be absorbed more effectively. Polysorbates are also used in lash lifts. They help other ingredients dissolve in a solution. However, they are treated with ethylene oxide, a suspected carcinogen, at varying levels.
Ethyloxated ingredients also have a high potential to be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, another documented carcinogen. If you're concerned about the safety of lash lifts, there is an alternative: cysteamine-based lifting lotion. This type of lotion does not contain any harsh chemicals and is often referred to as an “organic” or “plant-based” eyelash lift system. A cysteamine-based lifting lotion works by changing the internal structure of each tab, which weakens its integrity over time. However, when done by an experienced professional, this process can create beautiful results without damaging your lashes. It's important to note that a lash lift does not provide the same results as eyelash extensions. Extensions add texture, color, contour and shape, and dimension to the eyes, while a lash lift simply curls the lashes. When getting a lash lift, it's important to research the ingredients and do a spot test on your arm 48 hours before your scheduled appointment.
You should also avoid applying eye makeup for 48 hours after the procedure and keep your eyelashes dry and intact for 24 hours. Finally, it's important to be aware of the potential damage that can be caused by lash lifts. While there is limited data on this topic due to its recent popularity, it's best to use products that are as gentle as possible and rehydrate the eyelashes to prevent damage. In conclusion, lash lifts can be a great way to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. However, it's important to research the ingredients and choose a safe option. If you're unsure how you'll react to the products, do a spot test on your arm 48 hours before your scheduled appointment.