Over the millennia, the priority with these beauty products hasn’t always been health, which might have something to do with the disturbing amount of lead-based powders in the history of makeup. You don’t have to worry about lead in your eyeshadow these days, but that doesn’t mean all modern makeup is good for you — or for your eyes.
Some of the riskiest cosmetics for our eyes are waterline eyeliner (eyeliner that goes on the rim of the eyelid rather than outside the eyelashes), false eyelashes or eyelash extensions, and color contact lenses. All of these increase our chance of developing an eye infection because bacteria can build up on them and transfer to your eyes. This is a danger with mascara as well, as the mascara wand is contaminated from the very first use.
Another thing to be careful of is scratching. An accidental jab from an eyeliner pencil or mascara wand can actually leave scratches on the cornea. Makeup that is flaky, dry, and powdery can also fall into the eye and cause irritation, redness, and swelling.
So does all this mean we have to give up eye makeup entirely? Of course not! We just need to be careful around our eyes. Here are a few things you can do to keep your eyes healthy while looking your best:
Before you step in front of the mirror to put on your makeup tomorrow morning, make sure your beauty routine isn’t coming at the possible expense of your eye health. If you have any questions about the products you’re using, feel free to bring them along to your next appointment so we can take a look! And if you’ve been experiencing any swelling, redness, or other unpleasant eye symptoms, don’t wait to come see us!