Many eye makeup products are safe to use but once mishandled, they may cause eye infections. And since eye infections are a no-no because we need to have healthy eyes, we can still prevent these eye infections if we just practice safe habits when using eye makeup. So now let’s discuss what ingredients we need to look for and how to use these cosmetics properly in order for us to have healthy eyes.
First, we have to look at the ingredients of our eye makeup. We don’t want to irritate the skin near the eyes or worsen already dry eyes. Most ingredients are used as preservatives, stabilizers to prevent anti-caking, and color additives. FDA has a list of approved color additives in cosmetics and the U.S. has been strict with unapproved cosmetic ingredients. Here’s a list of ingredients we don’t want to be in our makeup: Talc, BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), sodium lauryl sulfate, Diazolidinyl urea, sulfates phthalates, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, carmine, mineral oil, nickel, selenium, lead, and thallium. Are people with dry eyes still be able to use eye
makeup? Yes, just opt for products that are hypoallergenic.
Second, it is best to remove makeup before bed because sleeping with makeup can clog oil-producing glands which lead to infection. Use gel-based remover that is oil and paraben-free. So no matter how tired and sleepy you are, still take time to remove your makeup before bed.
Third, do not keep your makeup for too long and store it in cool places. Throw away old makeup because it heightens the possible risk potential of bacteria or fungal growth which makes them contaminated. It is highly recommended to keep your makeup for not longer than three months so make sure to be aware of your item’s shelf life by using tape or stickers to label your cosmetics.
Fifth, also store your products in cool temperatures. High temperature deteriorates the preservatives and promotes bacterial growth. So always store your products in cool and dry places and avoid high temperatures such as hot cars.
Fifth, maintain hygiene and cleanliness by washing your hands first before applying makeup. Just like before you eat your meals, also make it a routine to wash your hands before applying facial cosmetics. Also, keep your makeup instruments clean most especially eyelash curlers and makeup brushes by cleaning them regularly with soap and water. And also, never share makeup with others. If there is a need to share, use disposable applicators, Q-tips, or cotton swabs.
And make sure to follow these five simple tips to keep your eyes safe!