One of my favorite everyday routines is putting on makeup. I love testing out new products and creating different looks, especially with my eyes. Recently, I wondered if putting these products on my eyes (eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, etc.) could be harmful to them. After some research I was able to find out the best ways to keep your eyes safe and healthy if you love applying eye makeup as I do!
- Pay Attention to Expiration Dates. Something I did not realize until recently was that makeup has an expiration date. Usually the date is printed on the box or the product itself, but the general rule is to toss it after three months because infection-causing bacteria can easily grow on makeup. If you find yourself getting an eye infection, make sure to throw away all of your eye makeup.
- Don’t Share eye Makeup. Sharing eye makeup (especially the same brushes or applicators) could cause an infection or harm to the eyes. Also try to avoid sampling eye makeup at stores. Even though you are using a fresh applicator you never know if the people sampling prior to you used a fresh applicator or not. In fact, I have seen many people put their fingers in eye shadow palettes rather than the sample q-tip (gross!). Therefore, I would suggest just testing the eye makeup on the back of your hand or wrist.
- Be Cautious of Allergic Reactions. If you have allergies, try using one product at a time to find out if it causes a reaction or not. If there is not a reaction, feel free to add another product and repeat the process. This way if you do find yourself having an allergic reaction, it will be easy to find out which product is causing it. Then you should notify your doctor to further find out which specific ingredient you are having a reaction to.
- Try to Hold off on Glitter. This one is really hard for me to write because I LOVE glitter but glitter is actually a well known cause of corneal irritation (especially if you use contact lenses). The sparkles can get into your eye and cause redness and irritation so it is best to stay away from the glitter (or just use it sparingly and carefully 🙂 ).
- Remove all eye Makeup Before Bed. When I started to wear makeup one of the first things my mom taught me was to always remove your makeup before going to sleep no matter how tired you are. This is very important for not only your skin but you eyes! As Hilary Beaver, an ophthalmologist from Houston Methodist, states, “If eye makeup is not removed daily there is an increased possibility of an allergic reaction or contact irritation. Repeated application over irritated skin will increase the subsequent skin reaction.” So even though you may be tired after a long day, be sure to remove all of your makeup!