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The Risks and Rewards of Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting

The Risks and Rewards of Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting

You’ve seen them.  Those women who post selfies first thing in the morning, or show up at your 6 AM yoga class looking incredible with a perfect eyelash and no-makeup look. 

They might have been born lucky. Or they may rely on eyelash and eyebrow tinting to provide more definition to their face without makeup.

The idea of not needing makeup sounds very tempting, especially for those with very fair hair. But before you run out and get it done make sure you know the facts.

eye lash tintingThe Rewards of Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting:

  1. Long Lasting: you will love the 2 weeks to 3 months you can forego applying mascara and eyebrow pencil (the duration depends on the quality of the dye used, the skills of the aesthetician, your hair, and the products you use on your face).
  2. Invisible No More: For those of you who have naturally very light brows and lashes, getting them tinted means you don’t have to wear your makeup to bed.  You can wake up looking radiant with no makeup.
  3. No Makeup: Enhancing your eyelashes and eyebrows help define the shape of your face and bring everything into focus.  You can jump out of bed and show up for brunch looking amazing.
  4. Time Saver: Let’s face it – penciling in your eyebrows correctly and symmetrically can be a bit of a challenge, and mascara often requires multiple coats. You can shave time off your morning routine and maybe hit the snooze button one more time.

That all sounds great, and it can be if it works for you.  However, investigate the potential downsides before you run out the door to get it done.

The Risks of lash and brow Tinting:

  1. Allergic Reactions: Unfortunately, some women who are sensitive to henna or para-phenylenediamine have had severe reactions to these dyes.  Responses range from slight skin and eye irritation to swelling and blistering, chemical burns, and even temporary or permanent blindness.
  2. Unexpected Results: Even if you have had these procedures done in the past and had no problems, skin can develop a reaction to dyes over time. Hence, if there is any change made to the product used, it might have a different chemical makeup that does result in a reaction.eyebrow tinting
  3. Not FDA Regulated: The FDA does not recommend getting this done because of the potential risks. But, they do not have jurisdiction over cosmetic applications.  This means they don’t review or approve any of the dyes. So, the products themselves are not always consistent in what they contain.
  4. Illegal in Many States: You wouldn’t know it based on all the advertisements you see for this service. In most states, it is actually illegal, but it may not be strictly enforced.
  5. Costly: You will save some money on the cosmetics that you won’t be using as often. However it won’t outweigh the cost of these services.

So now that you know a little bit more about the pros and cons, you can decide if you want to take the risk and the added expense.

If you decide to give eyelash and eyebrow tinting a try:

  1. Go to a reputable aesthetician over choosing the cheapest option.
  2. Have your aesthetician conduct a patch test on your skin 48 hours before applying it to your face. If you don’t have a reaction within 48 hours, you should be good to go.
  3. Ask your aesthetician about any precautions you should take during the service, and after, to reduce the chances of any adverse side effects.

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