Have you ever thought about the impact your daily eye makeup routine might have on your peepers? While makeup enhances natural beauty, improper use or poor product hygiene can lead to serious eye problems.
In this article, our team of eye doctors and vision therapy experts shares tips on using eye makeup so you can keep your peepers safe and healthy.
Maintain Clean Hands and Tools
First, always ensure your hands are clean before applying any makeup. Any bacteria or germs on your fingers could be transferred to your eyes, potentially causing infection. Similarly, makeup tools such as brushes and applicators should be cleaned and regularly washed to avoid contamination.
Use Quality Products
Ensure that your makeup products are high quality and safe for use around the eyes. Always check the ingredients of eye makeup products and avoid those containing harmful chemicals. You should also pay attention to expiry dates. Expired products can harbor bacteria that can lead to eye infections.
Never Share Your Eye Makeup
Sharing your eye makeup, especially mascara and eyeliners, is a no-no. This could easily transfer bacteria and infectious agents from person to person.
Remove Makeup Before Sleeping
Leaving makeup on while sleeping can clog the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids, leading to infections such as styes. To remove makeup, use a gentle makeup remover or warm water and refrain from rubbing your eyes too hard.
Be Cautious With Glitter
Glitter eye makeup is trendy, but it can be risky. The tiny particles can quickly get into your eyes and cause irritation or damage to the cornea. If you still opt to use it, apply carefully and try to use bigger chunks of glitter rather than fine particles.
Be Careful When Applying and Removing Makeup
Always apply and remove makeup gently without pulling or tugging on your eyes. Over time, harsh handling can result in premature wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.
In Case of Irritation or Infection
If you experience eye discomfort, such as redness, pain, or discharge, stop using eye makeup immediately and seek professional help. If scleral lenses are worn, they should be removed at the first sign of irritation.
If it’s been a while since your last eye exam or you need vision therapy, the eye doctors at Insight Vision Center Optometry are ready to provide you with personalized care. Call us at (714) 486-3315 or visit our contact page to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, CA.