For many women, wearing eye makeup is an essential part of their beauty routine. However, care must be taken to avoid the spread of irritants and infections to the eyes. In this article, we are going to point out the possible effects that can happen with eye makeup and, in addition, we propose some ideas to minimize any risk.
Can your makeup affect your eyes?
The short answer is yes, your makeup can affect your eyes. Also, if you tend to suffer from allergies, you may have a reaction to some chemicals in the product.
If your eyes are undergoing a reaction and you have used different types of makeup, it is difficult to find out which one has caused the problem. A tip to avoid this is to first apply a product and if there is no reaction, add another, and so on.
Eye cosmetics that are shiny or sparkly can flake and contain ingredients that irritate or damage your eyes.
Prevent eye problems caused by makeup
Here are some considerations to take into account to prevent ophthalmological problems:
Checking your makeup as part of your beauty routine
It is always important to take care of eye makeup according to professionals of touched by Angel Salon. Over time, bacteria can build up on the product and transfer to the eyes, where they can cause an infection. The transfer of bacteria through makeup is one of the first causes of conjunctivitis. This carries some symptoms such as pain, redness and irritation of the eyes, and a yellow discharge that can form a crust on the eyelashes.
Knowing this, you should consider replacing your makeup frequently. One way to know if your makeup is damaged is by smelling it. If it doesn’t have its usual smell, you should throw it out. Also do not share your cosmetic products with other people. It is an easy way to pass bacteria.
You should also get rid of the mascara when it has dried. Never try to moisten it with water again, much less saliva. Also do not mix cosmetics, do not use the same pencil for eyes and lips. Also, brushes and applicators should be replaced regularly.
Apply and remove eye makeup
The first tip to apply makeup in a simple way is to wash your hands well. You will avoid the spread of bacteria.
Always apply the mascara outside of the lash line. If you use it very close to the eye, you can block the oil glands of the upper or lower eyelid. These glands are vital to the health of the eye, since they secrete oil that protects its surface.
It is advisable to remove makeup before going to sleep as cosmetics can leave deposits around the eye that can cause irritation. You should remove your makeup gently and simply with soap and water. To remove the mascara, use a clean cotton swab along the base of the lashes to remove all traces of makeup.
Makeup and contact lenses
Getting makeup caught in the eyes is bad, but it can be worse if you wear contact lenses, because it can stick to them. Here are some tips on the preventive measures to follow for this situation:
- Put on the lenses before putting on makeup and make sure you have washed your hands before touching them to avoid transferring oils or creams to the eye.
- Try using hypoallergenic makeup.
- If you usually use eyeshadow, it is best to use a cream shadow as it is less likely to get into the eye. However, if you continue to use powdered eyeshadow, keep your eyes closed while applying it, and remove any remaining powder before opening.
- Before removing makeup, remove your contact lenses first. Don’t forget to wash and dry your hands first!
How to treat eyes affected by makeup
If you are experiencing irritation or an infection in the eyes, it is recommended not to use makeup until the discomfort has disappeared. Treatment will depend on the specific causes of the pain.
- For discomfort caused by irritation – for example, a makeup particle that enters the eye and rubs against the conjunctiva. Better remove this action. Eye cleaners are available in pharmacies and are able to gently remove these particles while cleaning the eyes and relieving symptoms.
- In cases where the bacteria have reached the eye through makeup, it requires bacterial drops. However, in general, the infection will clear up after two weeks, even without treatment. You should always consult your doctor if you think you may have an infection.