Heated eyelash curlers have been a hotly debated magnificence gadget (a minimum of right here at Attract) for practically a decade. Again in 2013, we wondered whether or not or not you really need one; in 2021, we’re firmly pro. However the TikTok neighborhood, as customers of the platform are wont to do, has determined it is discovered a greater resolution to getting long-lasting curl: utilizing a blow-dryer to offer your eyelashes a full-on blowout.
On November 10, TikTok person @sophiamasterson posted a 42-second video demonstrating how she curls her eyelashes with a blow-dryer so as to obtain a fluttery, voluminous end. The entire course of is an arduous affair: Earlier than heating her lashes up, she wets them with some water. Then, she says she reaches for the blow-dryer and places it on “the cool” warmth setting, blow-drying them upwards. She repeats the blow-drying approach as soon as extra after coating her lashes with an eyelash primer. After making use of a coat of L’Oréal Paris’s Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black, she goes in for a 3rd spherical of blow-drying her eyelashes. As soon as once more, she provides one other coat of her mascara to her lashes, then drys them for the fourth time.
Even supposing the TikTok person says within the video that “[the technique] saves me a variety of time, effort, and product,” an ophthalmologist and a dermatologist we spoke to warning in opposition to attempting this TikTok hack at dwelling. “Despite the fact that she’s utilizing the ‘cool’ setting on the blow-dryer there’s nonetheless potential for injury to your eyes and eyelids,” says Ashley Brissette, M.D., an ophthalmologist at Weill Cornell Medication and scientific spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “This might trigger important dryness and even corneal abrasions, which might trigger an infection, ache, and even lack of imaginative and prescient.”
New York Metropolis-based board-certified dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., agrees, and provides that “if scorching air is used, the eyelids or lashes might even get burned.”
With that in thoughts, each Brissette and Engelman advise utilizing heated eyelash curlers as a substitute. “The heated [eyelash curlers] have security settings that do not transcend a particular temperature and (when used with warning) can provide the identical lifted eyelash impact however in a safer method,” Brissette explains.
Lesson discovered? Blow-dryers ought to solely be drying hair and nothing else. Oh, and that TikTok hacks needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
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