Diet & Lashes

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Around seasonal allergy time, ESPECIALLY the fall round, clients may go for an infill appointment and it may be different. The client gets home and hours later realizes their eyes are ITCHY and may swell. After about 72 hours the client notices it has gone away… so what could it be? Contact dermatitis may be the client’s internet diagnosis from symptoms, but it could also be allergies.

When it’s allergy season your clients will notice they are slightly sensitive to things they are usually fine with. Those who have itchy eyes and some swelling affected post infill appointment are probably not thinking all the little details that may be affecting those allergies. Don’t worry, it’s why I am here!

First, always contact your doctor, as I am no MD. Secondly, you may need to change you to Sensitive Eyes adhesive for a little bit. And that’s okay. Client’s will just need to come in sooner, as it is not as strong as the other award winning Platinum Bond adhesives. The third thing to suggest to clients, is to pay attention to what they may be ingesting 24 hours pre and post appointment. This may be a HUGE help to get you back on your Platinum Bond addiction during allergy season!

Foods contain histamines which may be playing a part in making people more sensitive and likely to have the itchy, swollen eyes. That’s why your told to take Benadryl for allergies, it has ANTI-histamines.  What foods/drinks are high in histamines & histamine liberators? I made you a list with some help from Histamine Intolerance Awareness:

  • Alcohol, especially RED WINE
  • Energy drinks
  • Green & black tea
  • Nuts – walnuts, cashew nuts
  • Chocolates and other cocoa based products
  • Vinegar
  • Salty snacks, sweets with preservatives and artificial colorings
  • Most citric fruits – kiwi, lemon, lime, pineapple, plums…
  • Pickled or canned foods – sauerkrauts
  • Tomatoes
  • Matured cheeses
  • Smoked meat products – salami, ham, sausages….
  • Shellfish
  • Beans and pulses – chickpeas, soy beans, peanuts
  • Ready meals
  • Papaya
  • Wheat germ
  • Additives – benzoate, sulphites, nitrites, glutamate, food dyes

Ask clients what they may have ate or drank 24 hours pre and post appointment last infill. Did they seem to have a lot of these & get itchy, swollen eyes? Now I am not saying cut out all of these, because I could NEVER do it. But trying to limit the amount of histamine food/drink you have can help to avoid the itchy swelling. I have told clients to avoid just red wine and vinegar based food/drinks and they noticed a big difference. They couldn’t just remove their lashes after all this time! They plan some days around getting in for infills for goodness sake!

Knowing about histamines with allergies when you are applying lash extensions is important. So before next appointment pull up this post and remind clients what they want to avoid for a 48 hour period and help their eyes keep the Platinum Bond and avoid the itchy swells so they can live their best lash life!

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