Cosmetics and Our Eye Health


Cosmetics are a regular component of many women’s daily routines. But with all of the ingredients in these products, it’s hard to know exactly what are we putting in or near our eyes. If you regularly wear cosmetics, here are a few things to keep in mind so that you can keep your eyes safe.

Eyeliner On The Waterline

The waterline is another name for the mucous membrane that lines the inside of your eye. It’s a popular place to put eyeliner, but is that safe? The truth is that if you use the same eyeliner every day, bacteria can breed and easily lead to eye infection. The best way to avoid this is to use a clean sharpener to sharpen your eyeliner pencil before each use.

False Eyelashes And Eyelash Extensions

False eyelashes and eyelash extensions are safe to wear on their own, but it’s important that you clean your eyes thoroughly when using them. Many people don’t clean their false lashes between uses and neglect to properly wash their eyes when they have eyelash extensions. This allows bacteria to thrive, so you should make sure that good optical hygiene is top priority.

Color Contacts

Beware of using colored contacts unless they’ve been prescribed to you. There’s little to no regulation to the contact lenses available on the mass market, meaning you could be putting seriously harmful substances into your eyes. People have even gone blind from improper use of colored contact lenses. If you’re considering this type of lens for a costume or just for fun, ask your eye doctor beforehand.

General Tips For Avoiding Eye Infections

In general, you should only ever put clean tools near your eyes and be sure to wash your eyes and disinfect your tools after every use. Try not to touch your eyes with your hands, as bacteria thrives on them throughout the day and can lead to infection.

If you have any questions about cosmetics and their relation to your eye health, give your eye doctor a call! It’s better to be safe than sorry.