Mascara and eye shadow are part of many women’s daily beauty regimen. But some may be doing harm. Applying eye makeup safely is just as important to good eye health as regular checkups by your eye doctor.
What is in the cosmetics you use and how you apply them can affect your eye health. Here are some tips for applying eye makeup safely so that your eyes look beautiful and stay healthy.
Keep Cosmetics Clean
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, most eye cosmetics are safe when used properly. However, one concern is risk of infection. Eye shadow, mascara, and eyeliner will start out clean but you have to use good hygiene to avoid getting an eye infection from bacteria that can grow on eye makeup over time. Mascara, lash conditioners and liquid eyeliners are especially prone to holding bacteria, so be sure to replace these often. Many cosmetics manufacturers recommend replacing mascara every six to eight weeks. Discard dried-up mascara and don’t try to add water to moisten it since this can introduce bacteria and dilute preservatives that protect against microbial growth.
Read The Labels
Just as you read labels when shopping for food, be sure to read the ingredients on your cosmetics. The FDA says cosmetic products are required to have an ingredient declaration on the label. Check for ingredients that you may be allergic to or that may have caused you eye sensitivity in the past. Be careful when applying false eyelashes or when considering eyelash extensions, as glue and adhesives may cause irritation to your eyelids or natural lashes.
Mine Is Not Yours
It’s fun to share makeup tips and try colors that your friends wear. However, don’t be tempted to share eye makeup. One key to applying eye makeup safely is to never share with another person. Doing this can open the door to transmitting germs from one person’s eyes to another. When trying makeup testers at stores, use a disposable, single use applicator or clean a makeup brush with a spray brush cleaner or alcohol before using. Spray eye pencil testers with alcohol before trying them and sharpen with a clean pencil sharpener.
Attention To Detail
It may be tempting to put on your makeup while trying to do something else at the same time. We’ve all seen women applying makeup in their cars or on the train or bus. This can be dangerous since bumps, jostles or sudden stops could lead to eye injuries like scratched corneas.
Keep It Clean
One tip to applying eye makeup safely is to wash your hands before you start. This will prevent germs and bacteria from getting into your eyes or cosmetics. If cosmetics cause irritation, stop using then immediately. If irritation persists, see a doctor. At home, be sure to wash and clean your makeup brushes regularly with makeup brush cleaner, alcohol or soap and water. If you do develop an eye infection, throw away your eye makeup and brushes and buy new ones since these can continue to hold and breed bacteria.
What Goes On Must Come Off
Removing your makeup before bedtime is important so you don’t wake up with puffy or irritated, red eyes. The skin around your eye area is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face. Use makeup remover designed for the eye area or gentle soap and water to remove eye makeup. When applying or removing eye makeup, be careful not to scratch the eyeball or other sensitive areas and don’t use any cosmetics near your eyes unless they are intended specifically for that use.
For questions or comments, contact Woodhams Eye Clinic.
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