Keep Your Eyes Beautiful With Safe Makeup Tips

Keep Your Eyes Beautiful With Safe Makeup Tips

“Makeup is a part of many women s everyday routine
but they should be aware that improperly applied makeup is a risk to the eye”
Department store and drugstore makeup aisles are filled with a tempting array of makeup colors and products for the eyes. But knowing how to apply and remove eye makeup properly will not only make your eyes beautiful but will protect your vision as well.

“Makeup is a part of many women s everyday routine
but they should be aware that improperly applied makeup is a risk to the eye
” says Cynthia Bradford
clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma. “Even something as simple as testing a sample at the makeup counter can lead to problems. We want the public to know how to look your best without jeopardizing your eye health.”

May is Healthy Vision Month and through its EyeSmart campaign
the Academy wants to remind consumers to use healthy and safe habits when using and testing makeup. “Proper care and caution with makeup is very important to prevent serious eye infections
” says Dr. Bradford. “Infections and allergic reactions can range from minor cases that can be treated with medication to more serious cases that could impair vision.”

Here are some safe eye makeup tips from Dr. Bradford:

Infection: It s very important to remember that makeup expires
especially for eye makeup. Eye makeup should be thrown away three months after it is purchased but immediately if you develop an eye infection when you are using it. Liquid or creamy makeup can harbor bacteria easily. Once you open and use mascara
cream eye shadow or face base
you should replace it within three months. If you have eye surgery
do not wear makeup around the eye until your ophthalmologist tells you it is safe to do so and then only use fresh
new makeup. Never share your makeup with anyone else. That is why using makeup testers in stores is never recommended
as it is a common route for infection. If you must test makeup products
make sure that you use a fresh applicator and that any product that may have come in contact with another person is removed from the sample.

Allergy: If you tend to be easily allergic when you try a new product
introduce only one new product at a time. If there is no reaction you can add another new product. If you try a new product line of makeup and add too many products at once
it is hard to pinpoint which one is the offending product. If you notice that you become allergic to a product
you should find out what the ingredients are in the product and bring that to your doctor s attention. Dr. Bradford recommends using the least amount of products on or around your eyes to prevent irritation or infection.

Applying: When applying makeup
be sure your face and eyelids are very clean before you begin. Never apply makeup over the oil glands of the upper or lower eyelid as these oil glands secrete oil that protects the surface of the eye. To avoid covering the oil glands or inadvertently applying makeup directly on the eye
always apply makeup outside the lash line
away from the eye. To prevent poking yourself in the eye with an applicator
never apply makeup while you are in a moving vehicle.

If you tend to have dry eyes
makeup that flakes and gets into the tear film can increase your eyes irritation. In such cases
you should discontinue use of powder eye shadow and glitter makeup. Be especially careful of glittery eye makeup getting into the eye
as this is a common cause of corneal irritation and can cause redness of the eye. If particles get between the contact lens and corneal surface
they can scratch the cornea and may lead to infection. Occasionally a corneal abrasion can become infected
leading to a potentially blinding corneal ulcer.

Removing: At night
remove all eye makeup
especially mascara that can stick to the lashes. Use a clean cotton swab to brush along the base of the eyelashes to get the last resistant debris of eye makeup off. If you use an eye makeup remover
make sure you don t get any in your eye. When you are done
rinse the remover off your eyelids completely to avoid possible irritation of the eye or lids.

If you think you have an eye infection or allergic reaction to your eye makeup
it is important to seek medical help by contacting your ophthalmologists.

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