One extremely common thing to see in the lash industry is a lack of self-care. In the next couple of blogs we’ll discuss different areas to really focus on as a lash professional. We’re not talking about self-care in the bath-bombs and facemasks sense here, we’re talking about paying attention to how we care for ourselves and our health in this industry. It’s extremely easy to take ourselves for granted and to ignore things that could definitely be hurting us in the long term, so let’s chat a bit about some of the more long-lasting effects of being a full time lasher. In particular we’re going to discuss eye health and some of the risks and what you can do to help yourself.
Eye strain is one thing that many Lash Artists take for granted. We are focusing on teeny tiny details all day and rarely give our eyes a break. Imagine you’re back to back booked all day. It’s not likely that you’re relaxing your eyes and may experience eyestrain by the end of the day. We all know the feeling of your eyes just being tired after a long day of working them. Your vision may be blurry, or you may be seeing double, and the temptation to just close them and nap is so enticing. It may not seem like a big deal, but eye health can quickly diminish in the long term.
-Take frequent breaks and follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes or so take a 20 second break to look up, and try to focus on an object 20 feet in the distance. This will help relax your eyes and keep them from getting overworked by too much up close strain.
-Invest in magnification. There are tons of options out there for almost any budget. Whether it’s a standing magnification lamp, or actual goggles that you can wear, take your time to research what will work best for you.
Your eyes will thank you, and you’ll save yourself hundred, even thousands of dollars in long-term eye care.
Protect those peepers, and take care of yourself!