Can You Tan After A Lash Lift? Important Things To Know

Lash lifts have become a popular service in the beauty space because it gives you the look of lash extensions with your own natural eyelashes. But can you tan after a lash lift?

Can You Tan After A Lash Lift

You can tan after a lash lift, but you need to protect your eyes from the sun. Wear a large hat with a brim or make sure your face is in the shade. It is not advised to use a tanning bed straight after a lash lift. The protective goggles may crush your lashes and ruin the effects of the lash lift.

What Is A Lash Lift?

A lash lift is a popular beauty service that helps your lashes temporarily curl up on their own without the use of a lash curler or mascara.

It is commonly referred to as a “perm” for your eyelashes.

This service has increased in popularity because it gives the doe-eyed, open look of lash extensions without the upkeep.

Lash extensions typically need to be “filled” every 1-3 weeks depending on your hair fall and regrowth pattern. By contrast, a  lash lift can last up to 6 weeks.

The lash lift procedure involves a beauty professional using a round silicone tool to create the ideal curl for your lashes and applying a curling agent to your lashes.

The curling agent helps encourage your lashes to stay in the curled position that they are in with the silicone tool once it is removed. 

Does Heat Affect Lash Lifts?

The first few days after your lash lift is the most crucial for aftercare.

It is recommended that you avoid extreme heat in the first few days after your lash lift to help your lashes stay looking beautiful as long as possible. 

Heat can have an adverse impact on the lifting agent that is used on your lashes during the procedure.

Another reason to be mindful of excess heat after your lash lift is because any moisture near your lashes from either humidity or perspiration could cause your lash lift to fall.

Can You Tan After Lash Lift?

Can You Tan After A Lash Lift

Many people get lash lifts before a big event or a vacation, so it’s natural to wonder if you can tan either in the sun or in a tanning bed after having a lash lift done. 

There is no simple answer to this question and you should ask your esthetician their specific recommendations, but there are some simple guidelines you should follow.

Depending on how much you want to tan, there are some things you can do to keep your lashes in the best shape possible:

Tanning outside

If you are going to lay outside in the sun after you’ve had a lash lift, it’s definitely advisable to wear a hat with a large brim or sit with your face in the shade as much as possible.

This will help shield your lashes from the heat of the sun. 

The most important time to avoid direct sun and heat is in the first 1-3 days after your lash lift while the solution is still fresh.

Once a few days have passed, you can expose your face for short periods of time if you wish to get a little sun. 

Tanning beds

If you want to use a tanning bed with your freshly lifted lashes, definitely think before you hop in.

In addition to the concerns of heat exposure and perspiration affecting your lashes, there are also a few additional things that you need to think about. 

One major thing is that in any tanning bed you will be using eye protection to keep your eyes safe from the UV lights.

The goggles that you use to protect your eyes may crush your lashes and reverse the effects of the lash lift.  

Do You Need To Avoid The Sun?

Do You Need To Avoid The Sun after lash lift

When you get a lash lift, you might be wondering if it’s safe to be out in the sun or if you need to protect your lashes to keep your lift as long as possible.

The right thing to do depends on whether you got a lash lift or a lash lift and tint.

Most lash lifts also come with a lash tinting service as well that darkens your natural lashes and enhances the overall look of your lash lift.

If your natural lashes are dark on their own, you may not need this additional service but it is popular to have both services done together for the best results.

While the sunlight is not an issue for the chemicals used in the lash lift and tint service beyond the first few days, you do need to be careful about the sun if your lashes have been tinted as well. 

If you get a lash tint, you should avoid direct sunlight as much as possible to avoid the tint fading.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses when you are out in the sun to help your results last.

For more tips on how to best take care of your lash lift, read my Day By Day Aftercare Guide.

Do’s And Don’ts After Lash Lift

There are plenty of things you can do at home to help prolong the life of your lash lift.

By taking good care of your lashes and following some simple tips, you can maximize your long, curled lashes for as long as 6 weeks between services.

Here are some general guidelines for do’s and don’ts after you’ve had a lash lift.

Always ask your esthetician for aftercare instructions or anything specific they would recommend, but these tips have proven to be helpful in keeping your lashes looking long, full, and beautiful. 

Lash Lift Do’s

Lash lift care is actually pretty simple.

There aren’t many things that you need to specifically do for your lashes.

You may already do a lot of these things as part of your current beauty routine, but there are a few things you can do to help your lash lift last as long as possible.

  • Brush your lashes – Using a spoolie or a clean mascara wand, brush your lashes up and out each morning to help them maintain their shape 
  • Apply a growth serum – To help promote lash growth, apply a growth serum or castor oil to the lash line every night before bed.
  • Use an oil-free cleanser – Make sure you wash your face daily with an oil-free cleanser to avoid relaxing the curl. 
  • Take a collagen supplement – To help your lashes as well as the rest of your hair and nails grow long and strong, a collagen supplement can be a great addition to your routine.

Lash Lift Don’ts

Although lash lifts are fairly low maintenance in contrast to other beauty services, there are some specific things that you should avoid to help the longevity of your lash lift.

Most of these things don’t require a major change to your daily life, you just may need to be more careful than you are used to.

The things to avoid after your lash lift are most crucial in the first few days after the service, and you can relax the restrictions a bit more after that.

  • Keep your lashes dry – For the first 24 hours after your lash lift, avoid getting your face or lashes wet to allow the curl to fully set in.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes – You shouldn’t rub your eyes or lashes at all in the first 72 hours after your appointment. After that, you should avoid it as much as possible to help prevent lashes from falling out or damaging the curl. 
  • Don’t go in a steam room or sauna – The steam and humidity of steam rooms, steam showers, or saunas can reverse the effects of your lash lift. 
  • Stay out of the sun if you had a lash tint – If you also tinted your lashes as part of your lash lift service, avoid direct sunlight so that the dye doesn’t fade prematurely. 
  • Don’t sleep on your face – Stomach sleeping is not advised after a lash lift because it can flatten your lashes and minimize the curl from your lift. 
  • Be careful with mascaraAvoid any mascara for the first 2-3 days after your lash lift. After that, you can use mascara but make sure it is not waterproof. 
  • Put down the lash curler – If you’re tempted to see if you can get more curl out of your lift with a lash curler, think again. Using a lash curler with a lash lift can cause damage and you are unlikely to get any more curl than the lift is giving you.