When Can I Get Lash Extensions Wet? Myths & Tips on Bathing with Eyelash Extensions

By Deana D.| Last updated on April 20, 2023
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⏱️ 5 min read

Lash extensions are a great way to enhance the natural lashline, but they do require some care and maintenance to look as fresh as they did the first day you got them done. This means knowing when and how to clean them properly is a must for prolonging their effect.

Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about proper lash extension aftercare that might interfere with your daily cleansing routine.

That’s why we decided to gather up the answers to the most common lash extension aftercare questions like Can I get my extensions wet, and When can I get my lash extensions wet? Let’s get started!

Can I Get My Lash Extensions Wet?

Yes.

You can get your lash extensions wet without worrying about them coming off. In fact, washing your extensions regularly promotes a healthy lash line, aids in good lash retention, and prevents eye infections like blepharitis.

The fibers used to create the extensions are made from polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) – a synthetic material that is waterproof. Once the lash adhesive used to attach the extension to the natural lash has completely cured, lash extensions can get wet without compromising the adhesive bond.

Learn how to properly clean your lash extensions here.

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When Can I Get Lash Extensions Wet?

One of the most common myths about lash extensions tackles the question of when can you get eyelash extensions wet. According to that myth, you should wait for a minimum of 24-48h after getting your lash extensions done before you can ever consider wetting them.

This used to be the standard waiting period back in the day when lash adhesives took a much longer time to cure. Nowadays, lash adhesive formulas have greatly improved and a 4h waiting period is the gold standard for curing.

This means that it’s completely safe to take a shower or wash your face 4 hours after the eyelash extensions application. By this time, the glue used for the procedure has completely cured and the bond between your natural lashes and extensions is strong enough to withstand water.

In case you’re still hesitant or have any doubts, contact your lash tech and ask them if they could confirm the appropriate waiting period required based on the adhesive that they used during your treatment.

Learn more about lash adhesive curing and how to speed up the process here.

When Can I Wash My Face After Lash Extensions?

Washing your face should be a part of your daily routine, so why not wash your lashes as well?

Making daily lash cleaning a part of your facial routine is highly recommended and you can start implementing this right after the curing process is done, which is 4 hours after your treatment for the most part.

However, when washing your face with lash extensions you should be gentle and make sure not to rub or pull on your lashes.

Also, you should only wash your face with an oil-free cleanser as this won’t affect the lash adhesive bond. To prevent bacteria buildup, you can also give your lash extensions a nightly lash bath that can also be beneficial for their longevity and overall appearance.

When Can I Shower After Eyelash Extensions?

Showering with eyelash extensions is recommended once 4 hours have passed since you got them done. This however doesn’t involve submerging your lashes in water, such as swimming or bathing.

There is a common misconception that you should only shower with goggles to protect your extensions from water damage – fortunately, this is not true.

The best way to shower with lash extensions without compromising their retention is to avoid direct water pressure on your lashes by tilting your head back and away from the water stream.

It is also important to properly dry your lashes after showering in order to prevent bacteria buildup. Make sure to use a lint-free towel or an air fan, and only use your hairdryer in a cool or low-temperature setting.

NOTE

If you’re not quite sure how to safely wash your face while showering with lash extensions, here’s a simple tip:

You can just cup water in your hands to rinse your face while showering. This way, you can minimize friction and the effect of water pressure on your lash extensions.

When Can I Shower After Eyelash Extensions?

Showering with eyelash extensions is recommended once 4 hours have passed since you got them done. This however doesn’t involve submerging your lashes in water, such as swimming or bathing.

There is a common misconception that you should only shower with goggles to protect your extensions from water damage – fortunately, this is not true.

The best way to shower with lash extensions without compromising their retention is to avoid direct water pressure on your lashes by tilting your head back and away from the water stream.

It is also important to properly dry your lashes after showering in order to prevent bacteria buildup. Make sure to use a lint-free towel or an air fan, and only use your hairdryer in a cool or low-temperature setting.

The Dos & Don’ts of Showering with Eyelash Extensions

For the most part, you can shower exactly how you usually do, you just need to take a few little precautions to keep up your lash extension look. Let’s take a look at some dos and don’ts while showering with lash extensions:

Dos

  • Clean your lashes with a dense makeup brush and a gentle cleanser.
  • Keep water temperature low when showering for a long period of time.
  • Avoid getting any shampoo or conditioner on your extensions.

Don’ts

  • Don’t stand directly under strong jets of water.
  • Don’t rub your eyes or your eyelashes while showering.
  • Don’t use oil-based products on your face while showering.


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Myths on Bathing, Swimming & Sweating with Lash Extensions

Since lash extensions are designed to enhance your natural lashline for up to 6 or 8 weeks, you might be wondering if it is safe to bathe or swim during that period. Let’s take a look at some more popular myths and misconceptions about getting lash extensions wet:

Myth No.1 – You can’t take a bath with lash extensions

Taking a bath with lash extensions is possible – you just need to be a bit more careful not to compromise their retention.

For best results, take a bath that isn’t too hot because the steam might weaken the lash extension adhesive. And make sure your bathroom fan is on to remove excess moisture in the air.

We also recommend washing your eye makeup off before taking a bath with lash extensions, so you can avoid accidentally rubbing them and getting any of your bath products on the extensions.

Myth No. 2 – You shouldn’t go swimming with lash extensions

Swimming with lash extensions is generally safe as long as you take the necessary precautions.

It is only important to avoid diving or jumping into the water, as chlorine is known to react with the lash extension adhesive and make it very hard and dry. This can, as a result, cause your lashes to become brittle and flake off, so once you’re done swimming, hop into a shower and cleanse your extensions gently.

Myth No. 3 – You should avoid sweating with lash extensions

Sweating with lash extensions is generally safe so you don’t have to completely dismiss your workouts during this time.

It is only important to avoid wiping your face or rubbing your eyes while sweating, as this can cause the adhesive to weaken. Additionally, try to avoid saunas as too much steam can also affect the lash adhesive.


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To Conclude

Getting lash extensions doesn’t mean staying clear of water altogether. You should in fact take the time to gently clean your lashes with water and an oil-free cleanser every day to make them last longer and to maintain your lash and eye health.

Make sure not to get your lashes soaked and exposed to strong jets while showering and you’re pretty much set. Bathe, swim, and exercise like you normally do, just make sure you stick to some precautions that will increase the longevity of your extensions.

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