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Makeup and Eye Safety

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Some Eye Cosmetics Can Damage Your Eyes

For centuries, people have been looking for ways to augment their appearances, whether that be through clothing, jewelry, tattoos, designer eyewear, or other accessories. Makeup has been a popular option many people use to improve their appearance daily. While makeup has always been popular, there has been a boom in the makeup industry thanks to the popularity of beauty and makeup YouTubers and social media influencers. These makeup artists have amassed millions of viewers, inspiring their viewers to try out different ways of applying makeup.

More and more people are experimenting with different makeup products and following the example of many popular makeup artists. However, while applying makeup can be fun and exciting, it is always important to remember the potential dangers makeup presents your eyes. Not everyone is a professional, so it’s hard to expect everyone to apply the same level of care and safety when it comes to makeup applications. Yes, eye makeup has improved over the years, but cosmetics-related eye emergencies can and do still happen.

Today, First Eye Care North Arlington is going to go over some of the most common eye injuries caused by makeup and some of the best ways you can ensure your eye safety. If you do suffer an eye emergency, from cosmetics or anything else, do not hesitate to contact us.

Pay Attention to What’s in Your Makeup

Cosmetic products have improved over the decades. Manufacturers have created products that not only provide users with the best overall look and application but have also kept the safety of the individual in mind. However, there are still plenty of ingredients in eye makeup that can irritate your eyes.

The U.S. heavily regulates several ingredients in cosmetics. Some of these ingredients act as preservatives, stabilizers, anti-caking agents, and more. Some ingredients enhance color, as well. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has comprised a list of approved color additives for cosmetics that are deemed safe to use. All eye cosmetics are required to include an ingredient declaration on the label, as stated in the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. To ensure the ingredients in a product are safe to use, check out the ingredient label and check it against the FDA’s list. However, if a product does not possess an ingredient label, it is deemed misbranded and illegal for interstate commerce.

Of the ingredients to avoid, kohl tops most lists. Also referred to as al-kahl, kajal, or surma, kohl is used by many to enhance the appearance of eyes. However, it contains salts from heavy metals, such as lead. The U.S. does not approve kohl use. This product has been linked to cases of lead poisoning in children.

Some products are labeled with the word kohl, but only to indicate the shade of the color, not because it contains the ingredient. Make sure to always doublecheck the label to be sure the product you are purchasing is safe for use.

Common Eye Emergencies 

There are plenty of cosmetic products that are safe to use. However, applying cosmetics still has plenty of risks. Not only are some of the ingredients of eye makeup dangerous, but applying the makeup can be dangerous, as well.

Some of the most common makeup-related eye emergencies include:

  • Scratched Cornea: When applying mascara or eyeliner, you are forced to put a wand or other applicator near the surface of your eye. Random movements like those in a moving vehicle can lead to the applicator damaging your eye. A corneal abrasion can be very painful and, in some cases, lead to infection.
  • Eye Infections: You should always keep your makeup products and brushes and other applicators clean. If not, dangerous bacteria or fungi can grow on them. If you apply these contaminated products, you put yourself at risk of eye infections.
  • Dry Eye: If you apply makeup too close to your waterline, the line of skin between your eyelashes and eye, you put yourself at risk of developing dry eye. The makeup can block the glands responsible for lubricating your eyes.
  • Eye Allergies: Even though the FDA has provided a list of approved ingredients for cosmetic use, you may be allergic to some of them. This may lead to swelling, redness, and irritation. If you experience any of these symptoms after using a product, stop using it.

Tips to Improve Eye Safety

Even though there are plenty of dangers regarding makeup use, there are plenty of ways you can ensure your eyes remain healthy and safe. Here are some useful tips to keep your eyes safe:

  • Keep your cosmetic products cool. Store them in an area at 85 degrees F or lower, away from steamy bathrooms and out of your car
  • Get rid of old makeup. The longer you keep a product, the higher the chance of it becoming contaminated
  • Don’t mix cosmetics. Only use applicators intended for use on your eyes. Do not use something you used to apply makeup elsewhere
  • Avoid kohl products.
  • Never share products. Never share products with anyone, even family members or close friends. The germs on another person may prove dangerous for you.
    • Avoid Retail Store Testers. If you do use a tester, make sure the cosmetic is applied with single-use applicators
  • Don’t apply makeup in a moving vehicle. Regardless if you are driving or just a passenger, avoid putting on cosmetics while in a moving vehicle. Sudden stops or bumps can cause you to scratch your eye with an applicator
  • If a product has irritated or infected your eye, stop using it.
  • Always wash your hands.
  • Make sure all products and applicators are clean. Before you begin applying makeup, look over all your products to ensure they are not contaminated.
  • Remove your makeup before bed. Carefully and gently remove any cosmetics before you go to bed to keep them from building up or causing any eye damage. The packaging should contain proper ways to best remove the product

We understand how popular cosmetic products are. However, if you aren’t careful with how you apply these products and what is in them, you put your eyes in great danger. To learn more about makeup and eye safety, contact First Eye Care North Arlington today.

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