Many women covet long lashes, as they are often associated with being ultra sexy and feminine. The desire for full lashes makes mascara a staple in many medicine cabinets and purses around the world. In fact, some women have stepped up their eyelash game, wearing false lashes and even getting lash extensions put on.
While this has been the norm for some time, the results of a recent study suggest that long lashes may be more of a danger to your health in the long run. Research presented at a meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology demonstrated the downside of having lengthy lashes.
Apparently, using extensions to achieve the look of long lashes can make the eyes vulnerable to dirt and dryness.
Guillermo Amador, the lead author in the study said the following.
“Long lashes catch the air and guide it to the eye surface.”
As it turns out, some have considered eyelash extensions bad news for a while. The process of semi-permanent synthetic lashes requires they be added with a bonding agent which causes them to stay on the eyes for about a month and a half. The falsies can irritate the eyes in the manner mentioned in the study, if not worse.
The cycle of repeated application and removal of false lashes can contribute to a condition called Traction Alopecia.
This is when hair falls out due to excessive tension placed on the hair shafts. Eyelashes, like any other hair on your body, can only take so much tension before they give way. Instead of lengthening your lashes, in some cases, this process can cause you to lose what eyelashes you have.
Sadly, eyelashes are often treated as a simple beauty accessory and therefore thoroughly taken for granted. Dr. Susan Blakeney, an optometric advisor at the College of Optometrists, wants you to remember that they exist for more than curlers and mascara wands.
“Our eyelashes play an extremely important role in keeping our eyes healthy and act as a natural defence against dust, dirt and sunlight. While many of us covet long lashes, it’s important to remember that eyelashes are there to perform a function.”
“[W]e need to be careful we don’t hamper this vital natural defence mechanism. As eyelash extensions are such a new trend, there is little clinical research into their impact on eye health, so we are urging women to take extra care.”
According to scientists, the ideal length of lashes (for eye protection, not beauty) is one-third the width of the eye.
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