Lash-Ed Issue 3 October 2018 - Page 20

Looking after

our client’s eyes

By Angelina Salacinski

Looking after our client’s eyes and lashes is a priority. We see so much misinformation out there that I think it’s important to teach students the correct way to clean lashes, protect the eyes and use the correct products.

Prepping the Lashes

For lash clients we should be cleaning their lashes before every full set and infill. It’s important to use a cleanser that has been especially designed for lashes.

I personally have sensitive skin so I always use LC Lash and Brow Cleanser which leaves my lashes clean without skin irritation, thanks to its SLS free formula. This ingredient, often listed as sodium lauryl sulphate, can be quite drying on the skin – something I have experienced with other lash cleansers and that’s why I use and recommend LC Lash and Brow Cleanser.

To work the cleanser thoroughly and gently into the lashes, a soft-bristled cleansing brush or a disposable lip wand is the best tool for the job.

If you are using a brush then it is good hygiene practice to keep one brush for each client – storing it in a bag labelled with the clients name once you have cleaned and sanitised it.

The next step, once the lashes are cleaned and dried, is to apply a barrier cream on the eyelids.

The skin on our eyelids is so delicate and thin that it needs protecting. Ellie Malmin has an amazing product that has been designed to protect the skin and to help prevent reactions from occurring. Lashologist Choice Barrier Cream should be applied before every single eye treatment to protect the area from irritating vapour molecules and inflammation. Apply the cream on the lids from the brows to the lash line and this will protect that delicate eye area.

Now you are ready to start lashing…

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Sanitising Your Tools

sanitise the lash extensions . . we don’t really know where they have been

One thing I always do is sanitise the lash extensions. We open our tray of lashes and we don’t really know where they have been or if they have been handled with gloved hands or not whilst they were being manufactured.

There are 2 products you can use to sanitise the lashes - Saloncide or a sanitising wand.

Saloncide is a liquid sanitiser that can be sprayed directly on the lashes and left to dry. It can also be sprayed directly on to the hands and used as a hand sanitiser. It has the same hazard rating as water so is perfectly safe.

I personally prefer to use my sanitising wand to sanitise the lashes which uses UV light to kill up to 99.99% of germs. You just turn the wand on and move it up and down the lashes a few times and then they are ready to use.

Our tweezers will have been sanitised already and I always like to wipe over them with an alcohol wipe just before starting to lash.

Now you are all ready to do your clients lashes…

Post-Treatment Hygiene

Once you have finished doing your clients lashes, pat the area where you applied the barrier cream and do a post wash. Wait 5 minutes after applying the last lash and then clean the lashes again with cleanser. This will remove any vapour molecules that have gotten on the lashes and further reduce the risk of a possible reaction.

educate your clients on the importance of cleaning their lashes every day

You need to educate your clients on the importance of cleaning their lashes every day at home. Lashes can get a build up of