Women of all ages choose to wear makeup for many reasons. Not only does it enhance your natural facial features, but it is a fun way to add a little style and zest to your life. While makeup is a go-to for many, it can also be dangerous when used improperly. Mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, foundation, cover up, blemish treatments, and eye creams can also lead to irritation, infection, and possibly cause eye damage if not used in a safe way. Even if you have been using eye cosmetics for most of your life, chances are, you may not be putting it on – or removing it – correctly. It is imperative you are just as diligent about removing eye makeup as you are applying it each morning or before an evening out.
The majority of eye cosmetics are generally safe, as long as you use them properly. That being said, over time, there is a good chance your makeup will get some ‘gunk’ in it and need to be replaced. Most women don’t replace their makeup as often as they should, which can lead to a potentially dangerous situation. As your go-to Arlington eye doctors, we want to make sure you have all the information and tools necessary to keep your eyes in good health. Your eyesight is precious, and we are here to help you take care of it. With that in mind, here are a handful of eye makeup safety tips:
- Always wash your hands before applying makeup – NEVER touch your eyes with dirty or unwashed hands. You never know what bacteria or germs are hanging around, and the last thing you want to do is transfer something nasty to your eyes.
- Toss your makeup and buy new stuff every six months – As a general rule, you should purchase new makeup every six months. Make yourself a note in your phone or write the purchase date on the outside of your makeup container so you know when to replace it.
- Never share makeup with another person – Avoid spreading germs and bacteria by only using your own makeup. We know it can be hard to not spread the love when getting ready to go out with your girlfriends, but the best way to keep your eyes healthy is to stick to using your own makeup.
- If you develop an eye infection, toss out all your makeup – If you develop pink eye or some other eye infection or virus, stop using your makeup and replace it immediately. It is extremely likely that your makeup has been exposed to that same virus, which could cause serious problems for your eyes if you keep using it once the infection has cleared up.
- Store makeup properly – Make sure you always close the lids to your makeup containers tightly and store it away from extreme heat. The best place to keep your makeup is in a cool, dry place, if possible.
- Always switch your applicators with new makeup – Although you may be tempted to keep using an old applicator when you get a new tube of mascara or eyeshadow, but it is best to use the new applicator. Bacteria can grow and accumulate on applicators, which can be dangerous for your eyes.
We hope these tips provide you with a little bit of insight as to how you can keep your eyes safe and healthy when using makeup. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Arlington vision center today.