Eye makeup is worn my millions of women around the world. Without even thinking about it, women put on makeup every morning just like they put on pants. But, could your eye makeup be detrimental to your eyes?
Some studies suggest yes, that eye makeup can cause serious harm to your vision. However, most optometrists agree that if wear the makeup safely, then your eyes will be perfectly fine. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when applying eye makeup.
Throw Out the Old and Bring in the New
As much as you might love your perfect shade of eye shadow, or your perfect clump-free mascara, if your makeup products are more than a year old, then they need to be trashed. Over time, makeup can become a wonderful environment for bacteria to grow and prosper. Not only is it often store in a dark, cool place, but it also contains ingredients that certain bacteria can use to grow.
Eye makeup should be thrown out each year, and mascara should be thrown away whenever it begins drying up. If you have to re-wet your mascara with water, then it is too old and could contain bacteria. If you don’t throw out your old makeup, the bacteria can be introduced into your eyes and cause infections, abrasions and even slight vision damage if the problems persist.
Never share makeup, especially eye makeup. Every person’s eyes and face contain a different level of normal bacterial flora. If you share with a friend or a family member, then their normal flora will be introduced to your makeup. The bacteria will then travel to your eyes whenever you apply your makeup next, and could cause eye issues. Keep your makeup to yourself, and never share in order to keep your eyes healthy.
Never Use Products on the Inside of Your Eyes
In order to enhance the appearance and size of their eyes, some women feel the need to place eyeliner on the inside of their bottom eyelid. This is extremely dangerous, and should always be avoided. For one, you could accidentally slip and pierce or rub your eye, and cause undue damage, which could lead to vision issues. Secondly, if your eyeliner runs throughout the day, then it will likely get inside of your eye. This could cause infections and general irritation in your eyes.
Glitter was huge in the 80s, but thankfully today it has gone by the wayside. Unless you’re a teenager preparing for prom or a pageant, then you probably don’t use glitter anymore. However, if you do, then you should be aware that the glitter particles can cause major irritation in your eyes, and even cause corneal abrasions. So, step away from the glitter, and leave the 80s behind!
I hope you enjoyed these few tips about eye makeup. Remember throw out the old and bring in the new.