In today’s social media-crazed world where image is everything, applying makeup is just more than just a requirement. But one has to protect their eyes when applying makeup, as a host of potential problems lurk around the corner if you’re not careful.
Here are a few tips from an Optometrist Victoria Anita Narang to bear in mind with your use of makeup:
- Remember that makeup has an expiration date, and makeup older than 3 months may have had bacteria accumulated on it. Aggressive bacteria or sensitive skin, or both, can cause itchiness or, being close to the yes, cause itchy eyes, redness, or watery eyes.
- Contact lens wearers would do well to apply their lenses first before applying makeup. This way, no bits of makeup would get between the eye and lens, causing irritation.
- Remember our bacteria formation tip? Well one way to spread it is to share makeup between friends. Each person has different bacteria on them. What’s can be tolerated by one person may be a cause for allergies on another.
- In case you develop an allergic reaction, consider a newly-introduced makeup to be the culprit. It your skin is allergic to it, imagine what it can do to your eyes and your vision. Keep a list of makeup ingredients that you have previously shown an allergy to. Remember to check for these ingredients whenever you buy a new type or brand of makeup.
- As they say, cleanliness is next to godliness. Be sure you have washed, clean hands before you touch your face and eyes. Unclean hands will spread bacteria to your face and eyes. Also, always remove makeup before you go to sleep.
- Beware of permanent eyeliner treatments. Since they are in effect tattoos, they can cause inflammation, infection, keloid formation, and dermatitis. An unskilled technician may also penetrate too deeply into the eyebrow and eyelid, causing fanning. Fanning is when the iron oxide (the ink) spreads into areas not intended, causing an unwelcome appearance.
- Heavy mascara use, and the lack of proper cleaning, can lead to conjunctivitis. Not good. Some long-term heavy mascara users have also experienced damage to cornea.
As you have seen, there are many considerations to take into account when applying makeup near the eyes. At the first sign of itchiness, redness, or irritation, do go to a trusted eye clinic to have your eyes checked. No amount of Instagram likes can compensate for degraded vision.
Learn more about Dr. Anita Narang and Island Eyecare Optometrists.