It’s summer, it’s Valentine’s month and it’s party time – the season of sparkle eyeshadow and faux lashes…
Looking good means ‘putting on a face’ – and showing off your prettiest facial feature. For most, that is no doubt your eyes. Be advised, however, that bad habits and poor makeup hygiene can lead to eye and eyelid problems. And those with sensitive skin may suffer allergic reactions to a variety of cosmetics. At the risk of being tiresome you are advised to avoid glitter eye makeup with metallic, glitter and sparkle powder components because tiny flakes in the eye can get into the tear film and cause an irritation. Glitter eye makeup is known to be a cause of corneal irritation or infection, and larger particles in makeup can scratch the eye – the same as the abrasive effect of sand or dirt.
By applying eye makeup correctly – and adopting good hygiene practices you can help avoid the related eye problems. We suggest you:
- use only cosmetics that are designed for use around the eyes,
- ensure your face and eyelids are clean before starting your makeup regime,
- apply eye makeup outside the lash line, away from the eye, to avoid blocking the meibomian oil glands on the upper and lower eyelids – they provide the oily component of the tear film that protects and lubricates your eyes’ surfaces,
- remove eye makeup before going to bed thereby giving your eyes and eyelids a break away from potential inflammatory and irritating cosmetic particles,
- discard eye makeup – we suggest every three months – because it is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, putting you at risk of contracting conjunctivitis,
- avoid sharing eye makeup and cosmetic tools – sharing increases the risk of eye and eyelid infection,
- don’t use the eye makeup samples at cosmetic counters,
- avoid getting makeup remover into your eyes – and remember Vaseline is effective on eye makeup,
- take care with exfoliating scrubs – don’t use them around your eyes,
- never apply makeup while in a moving vehicle,
- consult your optometrist before applying eyelash growth products.
Contact lens wearers, with poor contact lens hygiene, could be at a higher risk of eye problems such as irritation and infection. With the appropriate contact-lens and makeup hygiene, however, most people can safely include contact lenses and makeup into their daily routines.
Should your makeup cause eye problems, such as redness, pain, irritation, or vision changes, you are strongly advised to discontinue using those cosmetic products – and see your optometrist as soon as possible.
For professional eye-care advice from a caring team, visit us in The Atrium Berea, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, in Overport.
We offer a safe, welcoming environment, follow all the Covid-19 health protocols – and implore you to follow good eye-care practices.
And… remember our Valentine’s buy-one-get-one offer.