Updated: May 23, 2020
If you’ve ever wondered, “Can I sleep in my false lashes?” there’s a direct and straightforward answer… “No”! From potential lash loss to increasing your risk for eye infection and allergic reaction there are plenty of reasons to think twice before jumping into bed wearing your falsies.
We all love to save a good beat, but sleeping in false lashes will cause more harm than good.
Traction Alopecia in Lashes
Tossing and turning in your sleep can pull on your falsies and create added tension on your natural lashes. The added weight of your falsies and tension can lead to weakening of your natural lashes and lash loss.
Lash loss as a result of tension is known as traction alopecia. Just as the scalp, traction alopecia in lashes occurs when there is too much tension or pulling upon the hair shaft. The tension not only weakens the hair shaft, but can pull the hair from the follicle altogether.
Similar to the hair on the scalp, eyelashes go through growth cycles. It can take 6-8 weeks for your lashes to completely regenerate after experiencing lash damage. As we age our lash growth cycle slows even more, making this one beauty risk that can be hard to recover from.
Risks of Infection and Allergic Reaction
If lash loss isn’t enough to scare you, sleeping in false lashes can also make you susceptible in developing an eye infection.
The combination of dirt, oils from your skin, and lash adhesive can create the perfect breeding ground for an infection of the eye or the cornea.
Wearing falsies in your sleep can also increase your risk of allergic reaction. As some lash adhesives contain irritants that can cause discomfort for some. A common adhesive ingredient like Formaldehyde, can cause itching, irritation and redness, especially if worn overnight. Common signs of allergic reaction as result of lash adhesive include painful eyes or eyes that appear puffy or red.
While it may seem like a hassle, removing your falsies every night will give your natural lashes a chance to breath and keep unwanted germs at bay. Protect the health and well-being of your skin and be sure to remove your makeup before hitting the pillow, nightly.
Check back next week as we cover how to properly wash and sanitize your false lashes.
Until next time beauties, Command the Room, Period!