Eyes are one of the most delicate and sensitive organs of the body and protecting them from harmful external factors is important. You may cover them with expensive shades when you step out but what about the cosmetics that you use to enhance their beauty. Do you Know How harmful are they and can their prolonged use lead to any eye problems later.
Various ingredients go in the making of cosmetics. While most of them may be fine for our skin, there are still some ingredients that can cause possible damage to the eyes. The commonly used eye cosmetics include – mascara, eyeliner (liquid and pencil), eye shadow and kajal or kohl.
Cosmetics are regulated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules 1945 which states that there no need to mention the ingredients label on cosmetic packs of less than 60 ml for liquids and 30g for solids and semisolids. This poses a problem for eye cosmetics as they generally come in smaller packs. What one needs to be careful about while buying eye make-up is to avoid products which contain mercury, lead and parabens. These are extremely harmful and their prolonged usage can cause various health hazards and may even lead to blindness in some cases. You may not be able to notice any problems initially but using it regularly will lead to deposits of harmful chemicals in your body.
You may take hours to perfect the smoky eyes look or apply a dash of eyeliner and mascara but it is extremely essential to wipe your eyes clean before you hit the bed. No matter how tired you are, make it a point to remove your eye make-up before sleeping. While this goes for all make-up, it is particularly important when it comes to eye make-up. This is because the eyes are very sensitive and leaving make-up overnight, even if it is herbal, can lead to infections and other eye problems. It can cause dry eyes by blocking the tear ducts.
If you are wear waterproof make-up, then opt for an oil-free make-up remover. Dab it on a piece of cotton ball and gently wipe the make-up off your eyes. Do not rub in a vigorous manner. You can even buy eye pads which do not require any solution to remove make-up (similar to wet wipes) but made especially for eye make-up removal.
The first rule for eye make-up is to avoid sharing it with anyone, not even with your best friend or sister as it is easy to get bacterial infection from one person to the other.
Avoid applying any form of cosmetic inside the eye or the inner lining especially if you wear contact lens.
If you have an eye infection then do not apply any make-up as it will further irritate the eye and can also lead to more infection.
Do not use cosmetics beyond their expiry date.
Always remove any speck of make-up at the end of the day.
Always cap the cosmetics after use to avoid any chance of infection.
If the make-up or make-up remover irritates your eyes, just stop its use.
Never apply eye make-up when you are in a vehicle as one bump is enough to poke your eye and cause serious damage.
Follow these simple tips to avoid any damage to your eyes. They express a lot about you so keep them safe by careful usage of cosmetics and charm the world with their beauty.