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Makeup Could Be Putting Your Eyes at Risk

September 11, 2014

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If you’ve been experiencing irritated eyes, your makeup might be the culprit! Although most cosmetics are safe to use, the way that you apply them can have a huge impact on how they affect your health. Improper use of eye makeup can result in many inconvenient problems like dry, itchy eyes or skin redness. In some cases, eye infections are even possible! To avoid putting your eyes at risk, follow these guidelines and be confident in yourself and your makeup.

Clean Your Hands (and Your Brushes!)

This may seem obvious, but it can be easy to forget when you’re rushing to put on mascara in the morning. Your hands come into contact with all sorts of bacteria on a regular basis, so make sure that you always wash them before applying your makeup in the morning. The last thing you want is to pass any of those icky germs onto your eyes! Also, be sure to wash any brushes you use to keep them clean.

Don’t Share Your Makeup

As hard as it may be to say no to a friend who just wants a little eyeliner, sharing your makeup can be hazardous to your health! This is a super easy way for germs to transfer, so try to (politely) avoid it. Even when you’re trying on new makeup at the store, always be wary of how many other people might’ve used the same stuff. Use a fresh applicator!

Take Care of Yourself First

If you’re already experiencing eye problems, don’t wear makeup! Not only can continuing to wear makeup make an eye infection worse, you also risk infecting your brushes and makeup which will cause your problems to just come back later. Put your recovery first.

Don’t Use Expired Stuff

Eye makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so check your expiry dates and don’t hesitate to chuck anything that is past its prime. You shouldn’t be keeping eye makeup for longer than three or four months.

Wash Your Face

This one is crucial! Well, they all are. But still – don’t skip makeup removal. Always wash your face before you go to sleep. Eye makeup can clog up your pores and glands, irritating your eyes and increasing the likelihood of infections.

Have you ever experienced eye problems because of your makeup? Share your stories with us!