Is It Safe To Use A Lash Serum With Eyelash Extensions?

The holy trinity of essentials: wallet, phone, and keys have new member. The mask has merged itself into our outfits and we've had to accessorize around it. In the context of our get-ready routines, that means fewer lipsticks and more eye makeup. Collectively, we're spending more on above-the-mask cosmetics and investing products and time in the parts of our faces that can be seen (via Business Insider). We're doing everything we can to fluff our brows, paint our lids and lengthen our lashes.

But if you don't want to take off your labor with micellar water every night, you could try out options that last longer — laminated brows are trending, as are eyelash extensions. "Lash extensions are semi-permanent synthetic, faux mink or silk fibers which are applied strand by strand to your natural lashes," says celebrity lash expert Clementina Richardson to Harper's Bazaar. They are individually applied to your lashes with a "specially-formulated, semi-permanent glue that will not irritate or damage the natural lash," she continues. However, they only last for six weeks, and a lash serum — which helps with the growth of your natural lashes — may seem appealing as a permanent option.

But your eyelash extensions come with a few instructions, so read on to know if you can use lash serum if you have extensions on.

You can use some lash serums with extensions

Lash serums are on the market to help your natural lashes with thickness and length as well as grow new lashes. Dr. Gretchen Frieling explained to Byrdie, "Lash serums are growth-enhancing formulas that stimulate lash growth ... when applied regularly, the lash serum extends the telogen phase of growth, lengthening the lash growth cycle. This will keep lashes thicker and stronger." Most of the lash serums you see will have peptides and collagen, but they may have oils and other ingredients that could dissolve your eyelash extension.

According to Plume Science, your lash serum should not contain mineral, vegetable, coconut or canola oil, as it could weaken the eyelash extension. They also suggest avoiding glycols, a solvent used in many cosmetics. Their own Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum is great to use with an extension as is Clementina Richardson's serum, specifically made to be used with extensions on. Read the label and check with the lash artist before we buy anything. But for the most part, you can use lash serums with extensions as long as they avoid certain oils and glycols. You could also ask your provider about Latisse, the only FDA-approved lash serum that's prescription based and safe with eyelash extensions (via Divine Lashes).