Appeal: Make Sure Your Makeup Is Safe
ads may promise plump, sexy lashes that will spiral you into superstardom,
but one wrong mascara-wand move could mean you end up looking like
Cyclops. We at Vision for Life like to look as fabulous as the next
gal (or guy), but we also like to play it safe when it comes to
eye health. So read our list of makeup tips, and remember-though
you may look pretty in pink, nobody looks good in pinkeye.
the Queen of Hygiene
your hands before applying eye cosmetics. Bacteria on your hands
could be transferred to your eyes, causing an infection.
sure that any instrument (for example, brushes, wands, eyelash
curlers) you place near the eye area is clean.
makeup containers clean. Don't allow cosmetics to become contaminated
with dirt, hair, or dust.
fresh -- Don't use old eye cosmetics. Replace cosmetics every
avoid excess contamination with bacteria.
use an old applicator in a fresh cosmetic product. The applicator
will transfer bacteria to the new product.
any eye infection, such as conjunctivitis (pinkeye), buy fresh
add saliva or water to moisten dried-up mascara-throw it away!
The bacteria from your mouth may grow in the mascara and cause
infection. Adding water may introduce bacteria and will dilute
the preservative that is intended to protect against microbial
makeup if the color changes or it develops an odor.
a Borrower Nor a Lender Be
when he wrote that, Shakespeare was talking about money, but then
again, he'd never heard of Maybelline. Don't share or swap eye
cosmetics-not even with your sister. Each person has different
skin bacteria and another person's bacteria may be hazardous to
use multiperson "testers" at the cosmetics counter.
Only sample cosmetics using single-use applicators, such as clean
cotton swabs, that are thrown away after each use.
you knew that applying makeup in the car or on the bus could result
in blindness, wouldn't you get up earlier? It may seem like you're
saving time, but if you hit a bump, come to a sudden stop, or
are hit by another vehicle, you risk injuring your eye. A mascara
wand or eye pencil (or even a fingernail) can abrade the cornea,
causing an infection that could lead to a potentially blinding
use eye makeup that is approved for that use; for example, don't
use a lip liner as an eyeliner or blush as eye shadow. You could
expose your eyes to contamination or to color additives that are
not approved for use near the eye.
color additives such as so-called permanent eyelash tints and
kohl. Although kohl is a traditional eye enhancer in some parts
of the world, it contains lead and is not approved for cosmetic
use in the United States.
eyeliner outside the lash line (away from the eye) to avoid direct
contact of the cosmetic with the eye.
eyeliner pencils sharpened so that the rough wood casing won't
scratch the eye or eyelid.
you use an eyelash curler, make sure the rubber is not stiff or
cracking. Curl your lashes before applying mascara, so that it
won't flake off into your eyes.
are very sensitive and can be especially prone to allergic reactions
caused by certain cosmetics. Try new makeup by applying a bit
of it on your arm for a few days to check for an allergic reaction
before you put it on your face.
eye-makeup removers are designed for use in the eye area, avoid
getting them directly in your eye, where they can cause irritation.
you suffer from allergies, you may need to try different products
until you find one that is safe. However, if you continue to have
problems after switching products, the cause may be blepharitis,
a chronic inflammation of the eyelids, rather than an allergy:
Consult your eye doctor.
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