Cosmetics such as mascara, eyeliner, and concealer are among the leading foreign objects to enter both girl's and women's eyes.
According to Dr. Harvey Moscot of Moscot Eyewear and Eyecare since 1915, "The most serious problem related to the application of eye makeup is injury to the cornea (the clear surface in the front of the eye) from either scratching the eye with a fingernail or eyeliner device.
Additionally, allergic reactions from preservatives that stop bacterial growth on makeup can also cause tearing, itching, swelling, and redness to the eyes - more commonly then you'd imagine.
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So whether it's your first time applying makeup or you're a seasoned veteran below are some helpful tips from Dr. Moscot to help prevent any potential injuries, infections, or allergic reactions to make up applied around your eyes:
Careful, Careful, Careful - Eye makeup removers are designed to be used near and around the eye. Makeup removers can cause dryness, itching, and swelling if they get into your eyes so apply with ease and slowly to avoid any from entering the eye.
Keep your eyeliner pencils sharpened - This prevents the wood casing from scratching the eye. An old pencil tends to get stiff requiring more pressure. If this happens, replace the pencil with a new one.
Give your makeup a break - If you have an eye infection such as pink eye or conjunctivitis, avoid wearing makeup until the condition abates. And importantly, make sure to throw away existing makeup and start anew since older products may still contain bacteria.
Out with old, in with the new - It is important to replace old cosmetics every six months to avoid excess contamination and bacteria growth. Old cosmetics are a major cause of eye infections.
Saliva does not make for cleaner make up - if your makeup needs a little spiffing up, do not use your saliva to do so! Make sure to clean your make up with water or make up remover only since saliva contains bacteria and might cause infection.
Never share eye makeup - Because everyone's skin bacteria is different, sharing cosmetics is a sure fire way to cause cross contamination which leads to eye infections.
Never mix old with new - Old applicators cannot be used with new cosmetics. You run the risk of transferring bacteria into the newly bought product by using older applicators.
Makeup counter no no -- Never use sample products at cosmetic counters without making sure they are using a fresh sample on you.
Don't makeup and drive - Never under any circumstance should you ever apply make up in a moving vehicle. Any quick maneuver, stop, or sudden bump could mean an accidental poke.
If you think you have an infection, speak with your eye doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
More on Moscot
MOSCOT has been a New York City institution for over 90 years. Patriarch Hyman Moscot began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart on Manhattan's famed Lower East Side in the early 1900s and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, fourth generation Moscot siblings, Kenny and Dr. Harvey Moscot, run the company.
Each MOSCOT location offers a selection of more than 1,000 frames from a wide variety of well-known eyewear and sunglass designers, as well as a comprehensive inventory of contact and eyeglass lenses, and the company's very own branded line of vintage-inspired glasses and sunglasses, the wildly successful, MOSCOT Originals. MOSCOT's newest line, MOSCOT Spirit, remains true to the company's classic downtown identity by mixing elements of the Originals with modern new styling.
MOSCOT Eyecare, the eye health services also offered at all MOSCOT locations, provides patients with comprehensive eye care services. Together the fourth generation of Moscots has expanded the business while maintaining the spirit of their great grandfather's philosophy with their current mission: "To offer the best possible optical experience to our customers and patients by dispensing warmth, courtesy and expertise."
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