Eye Makeup Tips

Eye Makeup Tips to Protect Your Vision

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Many women use makeup as part of their daily routine. While it is important to feel confident about your appearance, you also need to be careful about the way your makeup could be affecting your eye health. Here are a few tips that you can use to protect your vision and enjoy the benefits of makeup at the same time:

1. Don’t Share Your Makeup

It might be fun to get glammed up with your sisters or friends, but you should avoid sharing makeup with other people. Eye diseases such as bacterial infections and fungi can be contracted if you share makeup with an infected person. Even if the symptoms aren’t visible, you are still at risk of contracting a disease.

2. Watch the Expiration Dates

Did you know that expiration dates are listed on the makeup packaging? Sometimes those dates are listed on the outer packaging instead of directly on the makeup. When you open a new item, check the dates and use a permanent marker on the product so that you remember when the item needs to be discarded. These are general guidelines for expiration dates:

  • 6 months – Mascara and liquid eyeliner
  • 12 to 18 months – Retractable eyeliner and concealer
  • 24 to 36 months – Pencil eyeliner, eyelash glue, and eyeshadow

3. Sanitize to Prevent Infection

How often do you sanitize your makeup and brushes? Keep pencils clean by sharpening right before use. For powders, consider misting with rubbing alcohol every so often. If you use makeup in a jar, such as concealer, then you should never use a dirty brush or your finger directly in the jar. Instead, grab a clean cotton swab to avoid contaminating the jar.

4. Take off Your Makeup before Bed

One of the top causes of eye infections is the improper removal of makeup. When makeup is left on your skin, it could cause the pores to clog resulting in a pimple or a style. Overnight makeup lets the fungi or bacteria settle in, which increases the risk of an infection. Use makeup remover so that you go to bed with freshly cleaned skin.

5. Choose High-Quality Makeup

The quality of products that you choose will affect the safety of your eyes. Instead of buying cheap drugstore makeup, invest in high-quality makeup that is free of dangerous chemical ingredients. We suggest the Arbonne brand, and you can learn more from Arbonne Consultant, Renee Scott (714) 743-6727 or mnrscott@verizon.net.

Do you have other questions about your eye health? Contact us to set up an appointment at our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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