Makeup may be a normal part of life for most women however, makeup can pose a number of serious health threats, especially the products that you wear around your eyes. Mascaras and eye liners can become easily contaminated as the brushes go back and forth between eye and container. Wearing makeup can be safe and make you feel beautiful at the same time as long as you remember to follow these rules.
• First of all, never share makeup. Not even with a close friend or family member. Someone else’s bacteria might be harmful to you.
• If you want to try on makeup in a store, make sure no one else is using the same container or better yet, just don’t do it.
• Throw it out after 3 months and if you get an eye infection, throw it out right away.
• Never add saliva or water to dilute your makeup. This allows bacteria to grow.
• Always make sure you wash your hands and face before applying makeup.
• If you have an eye infection, avoid using makeup at all.
• Make sure you remove all makeup before going to bed. If you use a makeup remover, be careful not to get it in your eyes.
• Don’t store makeup in your car or anywhere it might be over 85 degree as higher temperatures can kill the preservatives that help to fight bacteria.
• Keep your makeup in a clean storage place.
• Only use eye makeup for your eyes. Never use a lip product or other product not intended for your eyes on or near your eyes.
• Never apply makeup while you’re driving or in a moving vehicle. You’re more likely to slip and touch your eye with the applicator.
• Keep makeup containers closed tightly when not in use.
• Don’t use permanent dye on your eyelashes or eyebrows.
• Check labels and be an informed consumer. Make sure all the makeup you use is made from FDA approved ingredients.
• And finally remember if you have eye surgery; don’t wear any eye makeup until your ophthalmologist gives you the ok.
Contaminated eye makeup can have serious consequences for your eye health, but if you’re careful, wearing makeup can be a safe and satisfying experience. Remember, that when you bring it home from the store, it’s already clean and bacteria free. Now it’s up to you to treat it with care and make sure you protect the health of your eyes.
If you do developed redness or an infection, stop using eye makeup immediately and make an appointment with your ophthalmologist. Alpine Eye Care is a leading eye care center in northern Michigan and have help thousands of people throughout northern Michigan protect their eyes.
We are committed to excellence and provide our patients with the best eye care treatments available. Remember, you only have one set of eyes, protect the gift of sight. The only way to know what’s really going on with your eyes is to see an eye care professional. Schedule your appointment today!
Call Alpine Eye Care today: 1.877.SEE.2020.