What to expect during your lash appointment

What to expect during lash application

What to expect during lash application

What to Expect During Your Appointment:

  1. I will apply a sticker to cover your lower eyelashes and you must keep your eyes closed until the completion of your eyelash application (between 1-2 hours).
  2. You should not feel any discomfort during the eyelash application, it is very relaxing for most people and you may fall asleep.
  3. You should plan on being quiet during the application, talking causes most people to flutter and/or move their eyes making application more difficult.  Same for gum.
  4. If you do fall asleep, sometimes your eye may open causing a slight discomfort from the glue fumes, this happens rarely, and will go away quickly if it does occur.

Prep prior to your lash appointment

Preparation for you lash appointment

Preparation before lash appointment

Preparation Before You Come to Your Lash Appointment

  1. Try to do your workout before your lash appointment to avoid interfering with the curing process that can take 24 hours.
  2. Remove all eye makeup and clean your lashes with mild, oil-free, water based cleanser with a lint-free cloth. Do not use make-up remover pads as the tiny fibers attach to your lashes and have to be removed before lash application.  I have facial cleanser here if you don’t have time to wash your face.
  3. Remove your contact lenses or bring a case with you to remove the lenses prior to eyelash application.  Remember to bring your glasses, I’ve notices a lot of tearing from peepers taking their contacts out at the studio, so try to do this before you come.
  4. Plan on spending two hours for your appointment.
  5. You may bring an iPod if you would like, otherwise I will have spa music playing.
  6. Please avoid coffee on your way here if you have an AM appointment and generally limit your caffeine intake before you come. Caffeine can cause your eyelashes to flutter making application more difficult resulting in fewer lashes applied.
  7. Please don’t chew gum, it causes your eyelid and lashes to move.
  8. It may sound silly, but limit your intake of liquids before your appointment, if you must get up during the appointment, it will lower the amount of lashes I can apply as it will take at least 10-15 minutes out of our appointment time since the application preparation will need to be redone.

Lash extension aftercare instructions

Lash aftercare

Lash aftercare

Aftercare Instructions:  The First Day

  1. Don’t plan on wearing any mascara while you have extensions!  The only time you will need mascara is to fill in gaps caused by waiting too long between touch-ups.
  2. Make sure you do not sleep on your lashes the first night.  Sleep on your back if possible or prop your head to avoid pressure on your lashes, you’ll be happy you do this because the lashes will last much longer.

Aftercare Instructions:  General

  1. Avoid any cosmetic product or cleanser containing propylene glycol, organic solvents, urea, carbonate or high concentrations of alcohol.  Products with these ingredients can potentially break down the adhesive bond and shorten the lifespan of the extensions.  Ask me if you aren’t sure.
  2. Use only water-soluble mascara that does not contain the above-mentioned ingredients and never use waterproof mascara.  Please note that repeated use of mascara might shorten the lifespan of your lash extensions.
  3. Unless you’re washing your face, keep your hands off your extensions to make them last longer!
  4. Curling of your lash extensions is not recommended.  Because the extensions come pre-curled, additional curling is not necessary and doing so may shorten the lifespan of the extensions by compromising the adhesive bond.  If you must, a heated curler is recommended.
  5. Avoid pulling, picking or twisting your lash extensions.  This can cause damage to your natural lashes and lead to premature shedding of your extensions.
  6. Wash your eyelid/lashes!  Lashes were created by God to keep dirt out of your eye!  In order to maintain the health of your lashes, It’s extremely important to keep your extensions and natural lashes clean by using a good cleanser.  If you aren’t sure what to use, ask me.
  7. Use a lash wand to fluff your extensions to reduce tangling and flipping every morning and evening.
  8. Return for touch-ups every two weeks to keep your lashes looking their best!

Adrenal fatigue signs and remedies

adrenal fatigue

Treating adrenal fatigue naturally by foodmatters.tv

Chronic stress makes the aging process go wild and wreaks havoc on your skin.  Acupuncturist and naturopathic practicioner, Carina Harkin, states that high stress hormones at night not only impedes restorative sleep, but also prevents the skin from regenerating.

According to Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D. on the Mayo Clinic website, adrenal fatigue is brought on by constant stress, “perpetual fight-or-flight arousal” of the adrenal glands which are unable to produce enough hormones (adrenaline and cortisol), resulting in feeling constantly worn out.  Although not recognized by allopathic medicine as a legit diagnosis, complementary approaches do regard it as a something not to be ignored.

Take a quiz to see where you stand – adrenally.

  1. Do you feel tired for no reason.
  2. Are you having trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
  3. Do you feel rundown or overwhelmed.
  4. Do you have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
  5. Are you craving salty and sweet snacks.
  6. Do you feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.

Fortunately, the treatment for adrenal fatigue is a common-sense approach.  It boils down to self care basics – sleep, eat, breathe.

Sleep well by maintaining a sleep schedule.  Go to bed at the same time every night, preferably before 10:30.  Exposure to darkness and keeping a regular bedtime maintains melatonin production.  According to Harkin, “melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland and functions to regulate circadian rhythm and induce sleep.  Melatonin circadian secretion in patients with adrenal-dependent Cushing’s syndrome was shown to be significantly lower compared to healthy control groups.”

Eat well by cutting out processed foods, refined sugar, and caffeine since they can stress adrenals to work harder, further depleting hormones.  Harkin states, “An excessive ratio of carbohydrates to protein results in excess secretion of insulin, which often leads to intervals of hypoglycemia.  Sugar and simple carbohydrates put stress on the adrenal glands due to rapidly shifting blood sugar levels.”  Think vegetables and high quality proteins.  Make it easy on yourself by having it delivered to your house from Johnson’s Backyard Garden or Farmhouse Delivery.

Live well by caring for yourself.  Carina’s advice for stress reduction include calming exercise (yoga, tai chi, walking), aromatherapy, and massage therapy to relieve muscle tension.  I also advocate scheduling a regular blow-out, facial, mani/pedi, or lash session!

Minimal ingredients. Maximum benefits

DermOrganic-Soapless-Facial-CleanserWhen I put lashes on my guests, I want them to last as long as possible, and that means using the most natural, essential, and fully researched after-care product possible.  I have guests that use everything from olive oil to clean their face to those who use basic facial wipes, and others that will spend $40 on a high-end facial cleanser.  I have two criteria for recommending aftercare cleanser.  The first requirement is that the ingredient list is short, plant-based, and free (of all the offenders listed below).  The second criteria is that it must take off mascara and eyeliner with one application without irritating the eye.   After experimenting with different cleansers that effectively remove eye makeup, DermOrganic Soapless Facial Cleanser is the best I’ve found to suit most guests needs.

 We all want to simplify our routines and maximize results.  The problem with wipes is the fibers get stuck in the extensions.  The problem with oil-free cleansers on the shelves is they have propylene glycol, parabens, and alcohol that break down the lash adhesive.  The problem with using oils like olive oil or argan oil is they don’t work across the board for everyone to clean the face.  Your eyelid and lash hygiene are extremely important and this product can be used as an eye-makeup remover, it removes all traces, or it can be used as a facial cleanser, even on rosacea/sensitive skin.

This cleanser is oil-free, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, paraben and propylene glycol-free.  It is plant-based with Argan fruit extracts which provides natural moisture from Omega-6 lipids, antioxidants, and Vitamin C.  Plant extracts derived from Yuzu root provides collagen and elastin support for the skin.  The DermOrganic slogan is “Minimal ingredients. Maximum benefits” and I think that says it all.