How Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting Can Harm Your Vision

How Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting Can Harm Your Vision

Eyebrows and eyelashes have become an art form in the world of beauty. Long gone are the days of quickly applying a layer of mascara and lightly filling in those brows. Now, it’s all about the dramatic look.

Those who are into beauty, whether they’re a doctor, a celebrity, a barista, or whomever, will definitely be sporting dark lashes and dark eyebrows. At first glance, you may think it’s natural but a lot of work and makeup goes into achieving these looks, especially if someone’s got lighter hair.

For many, doing their eyelashes and eyebrows with makeup is either too time consuming or is just not giving them the results they want. Instead, they turn to salons that offer eyelash and eyebrow tinting. It’s quick, convenient and will last up to two months.

We can see how this is an appealing procedure for those who don’t have hours to spend on their makeup routine.

How Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting Can Harm Your Vision

While hair dyeing is nothing new, dyeing facial hair definitely is. Tinting isn’t the first new eye beauty-enhancing trend, but it was picked up so quickly that no one seemed to stop and ask, “Is it safe?” Truth be told, eyebrow and eyelash tinting can severely harm your vision.

No Stamp of Approval

You know you’re in for a rough time if the products you’re putting in or on your body are not FDA approved. The tints used in salons or any other dye for eyebrows and eyelashes are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Their website states that they can cause serious eye injuries.

How could it be that something so unsafe can still be used in salons across the country? As it turns out there is a pretty big loophole. While not approved by the FDA, the FDA doesn’t actually regulate the use of the dye. States are in charge of regulating the use of non FDA approved products in salons.

Some states like New York forbid the use of these tints for eyebrows and eyelashes because of the dangers they pose. However, if you live in New York or have ever been to New York, you’ll know that salons definitely offer a tinting service.

The reason that these bans on dyes for brows and lashes are not enforced is because no one complains. If a customer were to complain about an eye injury due to a tinting job, then local government would be forced to launch an investigation and fine the salon accordingly.

Otherwise, tinting is largely practiced in many salons because people request it. Salons are businesses interested in offering a service that will rake in money; not in a client’s eye health.

For this reason, it is important to be wary of products offered in a salon. Just because they can sell the products, it doesn’t mean that they are safe.

Eyebrow Tint

Eyebrow tinting has become very popular in the past few years because of celebrities and models rocking the thick, dark brow look. Naturally, brow tinting became mainstream and available to everyone, not just the rich and famous.

The thing about eyebrow tinting is that, while it may not directly affect the eye, it can cause an allergic reaction. A person’s skin can react to the tint for a number of reasons; cheaply made tint, overexposure to the tint, or an intolerance to the dye.

Due to the proximity of the eyebrow to the eye, an allergic reaction can cause redness and irritation on the eyelid and around the eye area. This can also lead to either extremely dry eyes or overly watery eyes. It will definitely cause itchiness and dryness around the eyes too.

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Eyelash Tint

Eyelash tinting is a procedure many people with lighter colored eyelashes choose to partake in. Dark lashes are all the rage and will make your eyes pop, there’s no doubt.

There’s also no doubt that it is extremely dangerous to have any type of dye that close to the eye. Because the eyelashes basically rest right on top of the eyeball, the tint can sometimes leak into the eye.

You can probably imagine what kind of irritations and pain this can cause. The chemicals in the dye can cause permanent damage to the eye and result in lost vision and sometimes complete blindness.

Your best bet is to stay clear of eyelash and eyebrow tinting completely.

Makeup Alternatives

Outdated makeup and improper use of eye makeup can cause vision damage. But, keeping your eyes safe and out of danger does not mean you can’t have the look you want to achieve. Knowing how to find eye-safe makeup is incredibly easy and doesn’t need to cost a fortune either!

Brow makeup is easy enough to find at any drug store or cosmetic store. When buying eyebrow makeup, stay away from powders. Powders can easily get into the eyes and the lungs.

Wax and pencil eyebrow makeup is generally safe. Apply it carefully and be sure not to poke your eye! Wax and pencil makeup will also stay on longer than powder. Buying natural is always better, but it can be expensive. If you opt for the cheaper stuff, replace it more often.

As for eyelash tint, this can be easily replaced with mascara. Lucky for you, all different colors of mascara exist: brown, dark brown, black, black with hints of blue. There’s no limit!

Mascara is a much safer alternative to eyelash tinting. However, it is important to thoroughly wash the makeup off your face every night. Otherwise, the makeup collects bacteria and can lead to eye and skin infections.

With eye makeup, including eyeliner, it’s safest to replace the products every four months. Sometimes even a little sooner for non-natural products (about every 2 months).

Next time you’re tempted to get your eyebrows or eyelashes tinted, check to see if it is allowed in your state. If it isn’t, chances are your esthetician can be heavily fined if they’re caught. Not to mention, you’re putting your eyes at risk for no real reason.

Be safe and use makeup alternatives if you feel that you absolutely must have those thick, old Hollywood type of brows.

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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One response to “How Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting Can Harm Your Vision”

  1. Avatar for cynthia rollins cynthia rollins says:

    I believe this be cause after I started getting my eye brows done I would feel fuzzy so i go about twice a year in stead of every two weeks as well I was given the wrong med in the hospital but I could tell the two different changes yes I can but I have friends and family whom go often and do there’s them self beauty is one thing but health is another!

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