Ingredient Spotlight: Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is also known as Melaleuca among the essential oil community. This oil comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca tree. These trees grow mainly in Australia and long, long ago people would crush the melaleuca tree leaves onto their skin because they found it had healing and purifying properties. They also found that the leaves had a cooling effect on the skin. Nowadays, we see tea tree oil being used in a lot of personal care products as well as being used around the house. So, why is Tea Tree an ingredient that is beneficial to have in your lash cleanser? This is because tea tree has a natural ability to purify so it's VERY good at killing bacteria and lash mites.
Genetically speaking, we have our lashes to prevent dust and foreign objects from entering our eyes. When we place something synthetic over top, like a lash extension, the lash line can collect even more dust and other particles. If that debris is not cleaned away bacteria starts to build up on the lash line and that leads to styes, blepharitis, and lash mites (demodex mites).
One proactive step to maintaining the health of your natural lashes is to make sure your lash cleanser has tea tree oil as one of its main ingredients. By purifying the lash line with the natural properties of the tea tree oil you’re taking steps to ensure that your natural lashes are staying clean and healthy AND you are helping to prolong the life of your lash extensions.
Word of caution, tea tree is a strong oil and if you over cleanse your lashes with a cleanser that has tea tree oil you could experience some flakiness. The skin along your eyelids and around your orbital bone is very delicate and thin so as important as it is to clean your lashes you also need to be sure that you are not over-cleaning them. My recommendation is to clean your lashes no more than once a day and no less than 2 times a week. Everyone’s skin is different so it might be a little trial and error at first but this is why having a good communicating relationship with your lash artist is vital. They can help to give you feedback on how well you are cleansing and if you need to increase your cleansing after having a close up view of your lashes at your fill appointments.
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