If the eyes are the window to the soul, then eyelashes are the timeless and beautiful curtains. Eyelash extensions allow us to dramatically decorate these windows, creating even more beauty and drawing more attention.
While long beautiful eyelashes have been a desire ever since the time of the ancient Romans, eyelash extensions are more popular now than ever before. Thanks to easy application processes, they have become much more user-friendly than the harrowing processes that existed just decades before.
Eyelash extensions also look and feel more real than cheap, false eyelashes that you can get in a drug store. And they last for weeks! They are definitely worth the investment if you want the authentic and sexy look.
How to Remove Eyelash Extensions with Vaseline, Coconut oil and Olive oil
When applied and removed properly, eyelash extensions do not affect your regular eyelashes. They are also a great time saver! On mornings when you are in a hurry or don’t feel like going through your usual makeup routine, with your eyelash extensions, your eyes are already decorated in a beautiful and striking way.
While the fake eyelash industry started becoming popular among actresses in the early 20th century, it did not turn into a multimillion-dollar industry until the last decade. Now you can find beauty salons just about anywhere that provides the service! But even with the ease of being able to find these babies on every street corner, what’s not always easy is the removal process.
Unlike the application which can be easy and painless, the removal process should always be careful and precise in order to safely remove the extensions from your eyes. In this article, I will talk about how you can remove eyelash extensions at home with vaseline, coconut oil, and olive oil. I will also talk about how you can remove stubborn eyelash glue from your (real) eyelashes.
Ready to delve into the first source for fake eyelash removal? Let’s go, gorgeous.
How to Remove Eyelash Extensions with Vaseline?
Yes, vaseline does more than just moisturize dry skin. It can help remove eyelash extensions because it is powerful enough to dissolve the molecules in the semi-permanent lash glue, allowing an easy removal.
Petroleum jelly is a by-product of oil refining, and it can be pretty potent. So please be sure to use the brand name Vaseline instead of a cheaper brand of petroleum jelly because vaseline is the safest and purest. Other brands may not be triple refined and still carry many harmful carcinogens.
A little goes a long way when using vaseline, so use sparingly! Vasoline is non-comedogenic (won’t block your pores) and is a cheap and easy way to safely remove your false eyelashes, here’s how:
- Remove all makeup, if you’ve previously applied any, with your regular makeup remover and thoroughly wash your face.
- Prepare a steam bath for your face by taking a large bowl of water and filling it with steaming hot water. Place your face over the bowl (be careful not to get TOO close as the steam can burn) and put a towel over your head to help keep the steam in. Not only is this great for your skin, but for breathing as well! Stay for 10-15 minutes, and the steam will start to denature the adhesive glue, allowing for easier removal.
- Use a q-tip to apply a small amount of vaseline to the glue in a swiping motion to gently dissolve it and guide to lashes off of your eye. Repeat as needed to totally dissolve the glue.
- Wash your face again to remove excess vaseline and moisturize as needed.
Vasoline is a common household item—so it’s also a convenient use for removing eyelash extensions. If it doesn’t work for you, feel free search your pantry for the next two items that I’ll suggest.
How to Remove Eyelash Extensions with Coconut oil?
If there is one thing our skin loves, its coconut oil! It’s more than just a delicious addition to our dishes; it’s gentle enough to use on your eyelashes! But what is coconut oil, and why is it so good for eyelash extension removal?
This oil is made from dried coconut kernels or from the extraction of oil from raw coconuts.
Safe and natural, coconut oil does not contain any potentially harmful chemicals, no matter which brand you buy (unlike petroleum oil).
A good rule of thumb is if it’s safe enough to eat, it’s more than safe enough to use on your skin. It’s usually solid at room temperature, but when heated by the skin or other sources, it turns into a liquid.
Its made up of different fatty acids that the body can use for nutrition and repair. It’s also a powerful antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. Coconut oil is used for skin therapy like in the treatment of acne and wounds, as well as moisturizing the skin. Coconut oil is really the cure-all!
Which kind of coconut oil should you use?
There is a wide range of varieties of coconut oil on the market. To give the very best treatment for your skin, opt for organic, extra virgin unrefined coconut oil because it is highest in antioxidants and other good stuff.
Just like vaseline, coconut oil helps remove eyelash extensions by softening and breaking down the adhesives in the glue. Here’s are the steps to follow when using coconut oil to remove your eyelash extensions:
- Remove all makeup thoroughly.
- Prepare a steam bath for your face by taking a large bowl of water and filling it with steaming hot water. Place your face over the bowl (be careful not to get TOO close as the steam can burn) and put a towel over your head to help keep the steam in. Stay for 10-15 minutes, and the steam will start to soften and break down adhesive glue.
- You can also hold the coconut oil over the steam for a bit to turn it into a liquid for easier application.
- Use a cotton pad to apply a small amount of coconut oil to the glue in a slow, swiping motion to gently dissolve it and guide to lashes off of your eye. Repeat as needed to totally dissolve the glue.
- Wash your face again to remove excess oil and moisturize as needed. Or, you can pat off the excess oil with a paper towel as coconut oil is a wonderful smelling natural moisturizer.
How to Remove Eyelash Extensions with Olive oil?
Since the days of ancient Rome and Greece, olive oil has been considered a precious commodity in skincare routine. Just like coconut oil, it is super high in antioxidants. Olive oil is purely derived from pressed olives.
Olive oil is high in squalene, a chemical derivative of sebum, and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. Because squalene is a compatible chemical with our body, our skin loves the nutrients in this liquid gold, and it readily absorbs it. When you use it to help remove your extensions, it hydrates, nourishes and soothes the skin around the eye.
Olive oil is also rich in vitamins A, D, E, K, and E (the one that your skin craves the most)! Olive oil, along with coconut oil, is excellent for removal because it is better for the Ph of your skin. It’s also an excellent antimicrobial as well. It’s best to use organic extra virgin olive oil for best results. Here’s how to use it:
- Remove all makeup thoroughly.
- Prepare and utilize a steam bath (see above sections for this step).
- Use a cotton pad to apply a small amount olive oil to the glue in a slow, swiping motion to gently dissolve it and guide to lashes off of your eye. Repeat as needed to totally dissolve the glue.
- Wash your face again to remove excess olive oil and moisturize as needed. Or dab excess off with a paper towel and enjoy the natural moisturizing benefits.
Warning: If you are having difficulties with any of the above processes, be sure to seek out a professional who can help you remove them (preferably the same one you went to for the application). If you have any adverse skin reactions during the removal process, be sure to seek medical attention immediately! You do not need to risk your vision!
How to Remove Eyelash Glue From Real Eyelashes?
Still, have that pesky eyelash glue in your (real) eyelashes? It’s a problem that plagues many eyelash extension fanatics. But never fear! I will give you three goof-proof ways you can easily combat this problem. Take a deep breath, keep calm, and read on.
Put some baby oil on a cotton swab and apply to your lashes. Do not use so much that it gets in your eyes! Then, take an old (and clean) mascara wand, and using a rolling and outward motion, remove the glue from your eyelashes.
You can also use a fine-toothed eyebrow comb to safely and effectively comb out the glue from your lashes. Safe enough for babies and safe enough for your eyelashes, baby oil is here to save your day.
Lash Glue Remover
You can buy eyelash glue removers from drugstores. These often dissolve the glue quickly, making for faster and easier removal. Once applied, you can use the same tools mentioned above (wand or comb) to wipe away any remaining glue. If baby oil doesn’t work well for you, its time to invest in some lash glue remover.
Steam and Baby Wipes
Then, as delicately as you can, use a baby wipe to wipe away the excess glue from your lashes. Repeat sweeping the baby wipe across until all glue has been removed. Be careful not to press too hard!
The chemicals in the baby wipe will gently lift the debris from your lashes. Use different wipes for each eye. Remember, of all the procedures, this will take the most time so be patient and let the steam and baby wipes work their magic!
8 Tips to take the very best results from your eyelash extensions
- As with using any new skincare product (including the coconut/olive oils), please ALWAYS do a 24-hour skin-patch test first to ensure you will not react. If you do react, wash off the product immediately, continue to supervise, and if severe enough, seek medical attention!
- Never rub your eyes.
- Try to sleep on your back
- Never use an eyelash curler
- Don’t use mascara or oil-based cleansers/lotions
- Let your eyes rest for 24 hours after removal. Do not immediately apply new extensions after the removal of the old ones.
- During lash removal never tug an extension because this can tear out the natural lashes too.
- Try to schedule your touch-ups for every 3-4 weeks to keep a natural look.
- You can use a conditioner for eyelashes which is made up of amino acids, peptides, and nutrients that help to nourish, thicken, and give moisture to your lovely lashes, all while preventing damage.
We hope you enjoyed this article on how to remove eyelash extensions with vaseline, coconut oil, and olive oil.