In recent years, beauty tips and tricks have become more accessible than ever. With platforms like YouTube and TikTok, you are never more than a few clicks away from learning about a new makeup trend or beauty treatment. However, the impact these methods can have on your eye health is not often covered.
Eyeshadows & Eyeliners
The fun part about makeup is that you can be expressive and try new techniques. When it comes to makeup, it’s important to stick to products that are formulated for use around the eyes. When getting ready for a special event, you may find yourself reaching for glitter or extra sparkly eyeshadow. Be sure that these products are made specifically for use around the eyes. Avoid using these products close to the lash line, as larger particles can scratch your eyes or contact lenses and possibly lead to infection.
A common step in a makeup routine is eyeliner. Applying it to the lash line is perfectly fine if washed properly. However, applying it to the waterline can be dangerous to the eyes. The waterline has glands that produce and excrete oil. Excessively wearing eyeliner in this area can block these glands, preventing your eyes from producing healthy tears.
Lengthening and lifting eyelashes has become increasingly popular. Lash extensions are a similar concept to regular hair extensions, whereas a lash lift is a treatment that helps enhance the natural lashes. Eyelash extensions can be cause for concern as they use adhesives and ingredients that can cause irritation and infection. The same concern applies to lash lifts. The eyes are a sensitive area, as well as the skin around them. It’s always better to be cautious and research the process and ingredients used.
Eye health professionals highly encourage doing proper research if you’re considering any cosmetic procedures and to only obtain them from a fully licensed cosmetologist.
There are precautions you can take to avoid eye reactions or infections. It’s good practice to avoid products with untested or harsh chemicals. Additionally, be sure to check the ingredients label to avoid anything you know could cause an allergic reaction.
You may be tempted to try sample products at a beauty counter. Keep in mind that they are contaminated by others and not always properly sanitized. It’s best to ask an employee if you can sample a product that has been newly opened.
When getting ready for bed, be sure remove all makeup and be gentle around the eyes. The skin around your eyes is especially delicate, so it’s best to keep skincare products with scrubbing beads away from the eyes.
Beauty treatments and makeup can be a fun and creative outlet. Just be sure you’re keeping your eye health in mind when trying new techniques and products.