One of the most interesting inventions of the last hundred years is various forms of glues and adhesives, and super glue and associated variants are the most impressive of these. You may not realize it, but products related to household glue are the most common active ingredients in eyelash extension glue and you might be surprised to know that many of them contain formaldehyde.
Yes, that word that can instantly make you think of a morgue is unfortunately associated with many eyelash extension products but particularly the adhesive. While you may use chemical free make up on your lids and brows, you might be forgetting all about the eyelash extension glue that is holding your fabulous fringe in place.
Because glues and other types of cosmetic products are not intended for ingestion, the FDA allows certain chemicals like formaldehyde to be incorporated into their formulations. This is because if they are used correctly (on your body not IN your body), they do not pose a health hazard, if in FDA allowable amounts which is under 0.2% by weight (although these numbers vary based on compound, mixture and composition). So is there any formaldehyde free eyelash extension glue option that does not contain formaldehyde? And, if so, what does the FDA think of its active ingredient?
Well the answer is more complicated than you might think when it comes to eyelash extension glue ingredients and cosmetic ingredients safety. For starters, most professional products, as in those that are use in salons, either contain or produce formaldehyde, although some commercial preparations contain extremely minimal amounts of the product. Considering eyelash extensions cost, it’s not a wonder that these glues are more potent than those available at the drug store. After all, people shelling out hundreds of dollars for new, faux mink lashes are unlikely to be thrilled about losing their new top and bottom lashes quickly due to ineffective adhesive.
If you choose to do your lashes yourself (strip or individual lashes) as an alternative to semi permanent extensions, and you insist on formaldehyde free products, consider drugstore products like Duo Brush on adhesive (green packaging). Now, the majority of duo products are formulated in the same way that glue from eyelash extension kits and on the shelves is, and contains formaldehyde. However the brush-on version does not list formaldehyde in its ingredient list and the active ingredient in this eyelash glue is Acrylates/Ethythexy Acrylate Copolymer, and according to everyone from the FDA to Good Guide, an online resource for product research, there is low health hazard associated with this product. That means that you don’t have to worry about not only the potentially carcinogenic effects of this Embalmer’s trade tool, but also the associated risk of irritation and reaction that you could potentially experience from using products containing this dangerous concoction.
If you are worried about the ingredients contained in your eyelash extension glue whether it be from a professional salon or from the grocery store, get the list before it goes on your body. You can then cross check it with the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database that analyzes ingredients that you may not understand. And, don’t forget that you need to be on the lookout for words that mean formaldehyde, but don’t come right out and say it (formalin is a popular one.) If you are still unsure about a particular kind of eyelash extension glue – spot test first!