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Harmful Eye Makeup: How to Protect Your Eyes

MakeupWe love to make our eyes stand out with different beauty products. Eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara…but it’s important to remember that putting anything that close to your eye can potentially be harmful. We’ve compiled some cosmetic safety tips so you can look beautiful AND protect your eyes.

Allergic Reactions

If you’re someone who is prone to allergic reactions from products, it’s important to introduce one new eye product at a time. Be sure to remember makeup ingredients you’re allergic to and always check labels when picking out a new product.

Allergic reactions can cause redness, irritation, swelling or infection in your eyes. So, do your best to avoid them!

Avoid Scratching Your Eye

Accidents happen, so it’s best to be as cautious as possible! One of the most serious eye issues that makeup application can cause is a corneal abrasion. This often happens when using sharp objects to separate the eyelashes. It also can occur when attempting to apply makeup in a vehicle while it’s moving.

Prevent Eye Infection

Unfortunately, infection is a common problem associated with eye makeup. Here are some ways you can avoid infection and still look beautiful.

  • Wash your hands. You never want to introduce all that bacteria on your hands to your eyes. Always wash your hands before applying makeup.
  • Don’t use expired makeup. Bacteria thrive in dark, moist places, just like your mascara tube and makeup sponges. The more you use your makeup, the more bacteria you introduce. Be sure to replace makeup every three months.
  • Don’t share. When you use somebody else’s makeup, you’re introducing different bacteria to your eyes that may be harmless to your friend, but damaging to you. When it comes to makeup, sharing is not caring!
  • Get new makeup after an infection. Makeup can be contaminated with the bacteria causing your eye infection. To avoid any risk of reinfection, throw out your old stuff and use it as an excuse to get some new makeup!

If You Wear Contacts, Take Extra Precautions

Eye makeup is one of the most common problems for contact lens wearers. Always remember to insert your contact lenses prior to applying makeup and try to opt for makeup that doesn’t flake, like cream eye shadows. Avoid fiber mascaras as well, as there is a higher risk of makeup particles entering the eye.

Many makeup wearers who use contacts switch to daily lenses so they can be sure they’re using makeup- and residue-free contacts.

Stay safe and beautiful!

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