Who doesn’t love glamming up their eyes? As a makeup artist, making eyes stand out is the number one request I get from clients. You should be aware that using eye makeup, especially the kind with irritating ingredients, can create some rather serious problems in the short and long term if you don’t take protective measures.
Please, I’m not trying to convince anyone to give up eyeliner, mascara or their beloved shadow anytime soon. However, this article just might have you re-thinking what you put on your eyes. If you are aware of what you can do to prevent a problem, then why not start now? As Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of Healing The Eye & Wellness Center explains:
The eyes are such an important part of our lives, yet we don’t stop to appreciate them until there is a problem.
5 eye irritants and their solutions!
1. Bacterial infections (Known as bacterial conjunctivitis) This is one of the most common problems people seem to encounter because of wearing eye makeup; it’s due to bacteria getting into the makeup.
Solution: The best way to avoid this is by not using old makeup; you’re going to want to replace your eye makeup every three months. Also make sure that you’re not sharing your makeup with others, always wash your hands before applying and never use saliva to assist in putting your makeup on.
2. Toxic heavy metals Did you know that some products contain heavy metals that can damage your eyes; learning to read your eye makeup labels will help you to avoid purchasing such products. Some of the things you’re going to want to avoid are arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, selenium, and thallium.
Solution: Look for an eye makeup that is non toxic and more natural; these types of products can be found online or in health food stores.
3. Dry eyes Using eye makeup can lead to dry aggravated eyes.
Solution: Make sure your staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of water, using natural tear lubricant, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
4. Allergic reactions Did you know that the repeated use of some makeup can cause your body to build up an allergy?
Solution: The best way to avoid that is by giving your eyes a break. Make sure your changing up the brands you’re using and take vitamin C to help reduce any inflammation.
5. Loss of eyelashes Surprisingly the very makeup that people are using to help create longer looking eyelashes can actually lead to loss of eyelashes.
Solution: The best way to keep eyelashes long and healthy is by eating a well balanced healthy diet.
“People don’t have to give up wearing eye makeup altogether, if they really feel they need it,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “But it is important to consider the factors that can damage the eyes and then take measures to minimize those risks. Preventing eye problems should always be your first goal.”