Many women use eye makeup every day to enhance their features. Mascara, eye shadow, and eyeliner are all popular eye cosmetics that may be part of your daily ritual, too. However, you should know about the potential dangers to your eyes. The key is to remove eye makeup every night before going to bed.
Eye cosmetics are made of safe materials for the most part, but you have to use them properly. Bacteria and fungi can multiply in eye makeup, so change it out often so you don’t transfer germs right into your eyes.
Check out these tips to keeping your eyes healthy and beautiful.
- Throw away eye makeup after three months, advises the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Infection-causing bacteria love creamy or liquid eye makeup. Throw away all your makeup if you develop an infection. Buy all new cosmetics.
- Refrain from sharing eye makeup. When you decide to sample makeup in stores, use only fresh applicators and samples, or avoid this scenario altogether.
- If you are allergic, introduce only one new eye makeup product at a time. Add a new one to your regimen only if there is no reaction. This way, if you do notice an allergic reaction, you can show the ingredients to your doctor.
- Before you apply makeup, clean your face and eyelids.
- Always apply makeup outside the lash line, brushing away from the eye so you don’t block the oil glands on the upper or lower eyelid. These glands secrete protective oils for the surface of the eye.
- Don’t apply makeup in a moving vehicle.
- If you have mascara clumped onto your lashes, don’t separate them with sharp items.
- Got dry eyes? Stay away from metallic, glittery, powder or any makeup that flakes. These flakes can enter the tear film and cause irritation. Corneal irritation or infection, especially in those who wear contacts, is common with glitter and other similar substances.
- Remove all eye makeup at night before sleeping, brushing a clean cotton swab along the base of the lashes. When using an eye makeup remover, try not to get it in your eyes; thoroughly rinse remover off the eyelids.
- If you have had eye surgery, don’t wear eye makeup until your ophthalmologist gives you the all-clear. Only use fresh, new makeup.
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