When we’re applying eye makeup, we don’t think our pencils, wands and powdery colors are potentially contaminated with bacteria, fungus or other creepy crawlies. Yet, they can become dirty in ways our eyes can’t see.
1. Throw away eye makeup after three months.
It can be easy to lose track of how long you’ve had that favorite eye shadow color, but cosmetics do have a shelf life — some longer than others. “If the mascara or eyeliner itself is old, this increases chances that bacteria or fungus have contaminated it. If any of this gets introduced directly into the eye, you could end up with a serious eye infection.
2. Read labels and avoid harmful ingredients.
It is important to pay attention to the ingredient label on products. For example, those containing kohl sometimes contain lead.Some of these ingredients act as preservatives, stabilizers or anti-caking agents, but they can also irritate skin or are associated with cancer risk in large quantities.
3. Don’t apply makeup inside the lash line.
Many women like to apply eyeliner along the inside of their eyelids. However, this practice, som..etimes referred to as “waterlining,” blocks the oil glands that secrete oils that protect the cornea. This practice also can introduce bacteria directly into the eye.
Take these steps if makeup gets in your eyes.
- Rinse eyes thoroughly with clean tap water or eye-wash solution until you flush out all mascara, eyeliner or makeup flakes. (If you wear contact lenses, remove them before flushing out your eyes.)
- Apply moisturizing eye drops to the affected eye after rinsing out makeup.
- If you wear contacts, carefully clean the lens using your cleaning solution.
- Don’t re-insert your contacts as long as your eye is still irritated.
Always remember make up can blind eye.