Many women put on eye makeup as part of their everyday beauty routine. However, it can put an added strain on the eyes and even impact vision. That said, we’ve compiled some cosmetic safety tips, so you can look your best while protecting your health.
Take care when experimenting with new products
Modern makeup contains a host of chemicals, many of which can irritate the eyes. Allergic reactions can cause redness, irritation, swelling or infection in your eyes.
Be on the safe side when it comes to experimentation. When exploring new products, it’s important to introduce one at a time so you can minimize any potential sensitivity. If you don’t have a reaction, it’s probably safe to add others to your routine. When in doubt, do your research. There’s a wealth of physician-recommended makeup products on the market available at most drugstores.
While the product may be safe to use, sometimes the application can be problematic. Corneal abrasion can happen when using a technique to separate the eyelashes, such as a mascara wand. It can also occur when attempting to apply makeup in moving vehicles. An accident can mean a painful but temporary condition at best, or worst case, vision loss. So save makeup application for the bathroom!
Infection can happen even to the most conscientious person. Best practices to prevent bacteria from entering the retina include washing hands before application, replacing products like mascara every three months, avoiding sharing products and throwing out cosmetics after an infection.
Remember, we’re here to help you know how to protect your eyes while still looking and feeling your best. If you suspect something is wrong, make an appointment sooner rather than later. Your Midwest Eye Consultants doctor can address any concerns you might have regarding your beauty regimen.