Did you know that eye makeup can affect your eye sensitivity? It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and many of us enjoy engaging in a little bit of window dressing. Eye makeup never seems to go out of style, even though the trends and colors change with the seasons. But are you taking care to make sure that you consider your eye makeup choices as a part of eye infection prevention?
It is very easy for bacteria to thrive in eye makeup and applicators. In addition, eye makeup can cause allergic reactions in some people. But with attention to a few guidelines, you can keep your eyes healthy while you enhance their beauty with your favorite cosmetics.
- Always remove eye makeup before bed. If you don’t remove makeup before sleeping, particles can get into your eyes, or irritate the delicate skin around your eyes. This can not only cause allergic reactions in your eyes, but speed up the appearance of aging in your under eye area.
- Never share eye makeup. Even among family members, bacteria and viruses can be easily transmitted. Similarly, avoid store samples whenever possible.
- Just say no to glitter. Any eye shadow or other product that contains small particles like glitter can irritate your eyes when those particles flake off.
- Toss your old cosmetics. As hard as this may be to hear, experts recommend getting rid of eye makeup every three months. This is because bacteria grow in eye makeup, and it’s easy to get an eye infection. If you do get such an infection, throw away all your eye makeup immediately, to reduce the risk of reinfection.
- Keep it clean. Scrupulously clean hands and a clean and shining face are the best way to prevent infections. Never touch your eye or apply eye makeup without washing your hands first.
You don’t have to sacrifice glamour for good eye health. Just make sure to use common sense and develop good habits. A little bit of prevention can keep your eyes healthy and sparkling for years to come!