Yes, these eye pads are meant to be reusable, not disposable.
SILICONE EYE PAD FAQ & TIPS
Are the eye pads reusable?
How do I clean and sanitize them after using on a client?
Your Silicone Eye Pads are made out of Medical Grade Silicone which has natural antibacterial properties due to it's non-porous, hydrophobic nature. Still, they must be sanitized between each use.
The Lash Ritual's recommended method for cleaning Silicone Eye Pads is as follows:
- Wash with antibacterial soap and hot water.
- Wipe front and back with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Rinse with water.
- Dry completely & place them on film sheet. Store them in protective re-sealable bag.
You can view a video demo on how to apply, clean, and store them here.
Can I soak them in Barbicide?
Yes. While this isn't our recommended cleaning method, we recognize that some state board regulations may require you to soak all reusable tools in Barbicide. We have logged over 180 10-minute Barbicide submersions with a single pair of eye pads and noted no change in the appearance, feel, or usability of the eye pads. The protocol for Barbicide soaking is 10 minutes.
WARNING: If you choose to use Barbicide to disinfect your Silicone Eye Pads you MUST be sure to thoroughly wash them with soap and water after the Barbicide soak. These eye pads will be sitting on the delicate under eye skin for long periods of time during lash applications, and Barbicide is a skin irritant. All Barbicide residue must be cleaned off before coming into contact with the skin.
What is the best way to apply the eye pads?
We have a great demo video on the two application methods for the Silicone Eye Pads that you can view by clicking this link.
Our recommended method is "Method 2" from the video, also referred to as the "Sandwich Technique". This method is done by applying the Silicone Eye Pads underneath the lower lashes, leaving them exposed. Next, apply two pieces of Flex Tape in a V shape to cover the lower lashes, sandwiching them between the eye pad and the tape. This is the best way to ensure that no lower lashes will pop out, and that the eye pad cannot shift down.
Can I write on the eye pads?
You can write on the eye pads with dry erase markers only. Remove with a 70% isopropyl alcochol wipe.
Yes! The Silicone Eye Pads have been tested on a wide variety of skin types and they actually perform best on moisturized and oily skin. We recommend using the "sandwich technique" to be sure there is no eye pad migration. You can see this technique demonstrated as "Method 2" in the demo video.
GREAT! Our Silicone Eye Pads have absolutely no gels or adhesives, and medical grade silicone is hydrophobic in nature - meaning it rejects and resists moisture. If your client gets watery eyes during the service, the tears will simply bead and roll away from the eye pad, which you can then wipe away with a tissue. There will be no swelling or gel leaking from the eye pad.
While latex and silicone feels very similar, our Silicone Eye Pads are 100% silicone and do not contain any latex at all. There is no relation between silicone and latex, so clients who have latex allergies should not be effected by our Silicone Eye Pads.
Silicone Eye Pads are the perfect solution for clients who get irritated or experience sensitivities with typical gel pads, foam tape, or tape pads. They are made of 100% medical grade silicone - the same type of silicone that is used to make baby bottle nipples, menstrual cups, and scuba mouth pieces. They are extremely gentle on the skin and sensitive-skin friendly.
We have been testing our silicone eye pads for 6+ months and have not noticed any wear and tear or need to replace. We have also logged over 30 hours of Barbicide soaking (this is equal to over 180 uses) and there was no deterioration or negative effects on the eye pads. When used, cleaned, and stored properly, your Silicone Eye Pads should last a very, very long time.
We do not recommend purposely swiping adhesive onto the Silicone Eye Pads. If this is the method you use, or if you are a beginner and find yourself frequently getting stickies or adhesive on the eye pads, we suggest applying 2 layers of Flex Tape over the eye pad in the area that you swipe adhesive, so that the adhesive only goes on the tape which can then be peeled off.
If you do get adhesive on the eye pad, very carefully spot treat the area with a cotton swab saturated in acetone. Thoroughly wash the eye pad after the adhesive comes off to remove any acetone residue.
Lash tinting will stain the eye pads. It is not recommended.
Our Silicone Eye Pads work best on clean, hydrated skin. You may find that the eye pads don't grip as well on clients with very dry skin, or clients who have a lot of powder make up on. Here is a checklist to troubleshoot why your pads may not be sticking as well on some clients, and how to fix it:
- Check the eye pads for lint or fuzzies. The silicone is very "grippy", and is prone to collecting dust or lint from towels after drying post sanitation. If this happens, simply use a piece of tape to smooth against the silicone eye pad and then peel off the tape. Any lint, dust, or fuzz will come off with the tape. Think of it as a "lint roller" for your eye pads.
- If your client has very dry skin, add moisture by nano-misting the eye area for 30 seconds before applying the eye pads. This helps hydrate the skin and will enhance the grip on the eye pad. You can also elevate this method by instead applying a light eye cream or eye serum, or using a hydrating facial wipe on the area.
- Use the "sandwich technique" to apply the eye pad. When you use the sandwich technique, it does not matter if the edges of the eye pad are adhered to the skin. Having the lower lashes sandwiched between the tape and the eye pad will make it impossible for lower lashes to escape, or for the eye pad to migrate.