How to Avoid Harming Your Eyes With Makeup

Many people have a love of makeup and regularly apply it before leaving the house for the day, without ever thinking of the possible negative effects it may have on their eyes.  Here are some ways to keep your eyes protected when using makeup.

Don’t Keep Makeup For Too Long

Makeup does not last forever, and abiding by the expiration dates is very important for the health of your eyes.  Bacteria can easily be trapped in your cosmetics containers and transferred to your eyes, causing irritations, infections or styles, so it’s important to replace your products regularly.

Wash Your Tools

Makeup brushes and eyelash curlers can also collect bacteria and dirt over time, which can get into your eyes or your contact lenses when using them.  Cleaning them regularly can help you avoid unnecessary infections or irritations.

Don’t Apply Makeup On The Move

Multitasking is great, but not when it comes to applying makeup.  Trying to put on mascara or eyeliner while in a moving vehicle is not only dangerous to others on the road, but it can spell disaster for your eye if you hit a bump or pothole.  Scraping the surface of your eye can cause a corneal abrasion, which is an extremely unpleasant and painful injury.

Wash Off Your Makeup Every Night

Even if you are extremely tired and just want to climb in bed and fall asleep, it is important to thoroughly wash off your makeup before hitting the pillow.  Letting your eye makeup build up on your eyes only increases the chance of harmful bacteria forming and causing an infection.  It is also important to use a proper cleanser, with a gentle formula that will remove all traces of makeup without irritating the eyes.

Makeup can be a fun way to enhance your look, but care should always be used to ensure that your eyes stay protected.  At the Family Vision Development Center, we take pride in the comprehensive care we provide to our patients, from regular eye exams to treatment of eye disorders or injuries.  Contact us at 630-862-2020 to learn how we can help with all of your eye care needs.

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