We all want to look our best - but at what cost to our skin and eyes?
Our eyes are one of the most delicate and sensitive organs of the human body and need protecting. How safe is eye make-up and what steps can we undertake in our beauty routine to protect our eyes?
What Is In Eye Make-up?
You will find numerous ingredients on the back of your eyeshadow, eye liner and mascara most of which will be fine for your skin but may harm your eyes. Try to avoid products that contain mercury, lead and parabens. Eye make-up is generally made from talc, mica, colorants, kohl, sericite, silica and preservatives. Some of these ingredients are known carcinogens if inhaled and can also be very drying and may cause allergic reactions. Always try to choose a natural product to reduce allergies and potential damage to your sensitive eyes and eye area.
A La Naturale
It's important to make healthier choices with our cosmetic products especially those being applied daily to the sensitive eye area. Choose products with natural, organic or hypo-allergenic ingredients -many skin problems, such as dermatitis, irritations and allergies may disappear once petroleum or synthetic ingredients are removed from your skin care regimen. Using fully natural products can contribute to healthy skin and a healthy body in the long term.
*Always remove your make-up -no matter how tired you are use a gentle cleanser or microfibre face cloth to cleanse the eye area. Leaving eye make-up on can lead to eye infections, blocked tear ducts and dry or irritated eyes.
*If in doubt throw it out-don't use products past their expiry dates.
*Don't forget the lid-Always place lids back on your cosmetics to avoid product deterioration and bacteria.
*No Sharing - sharing cosmetics can lead to spread of bacterial infection from one person to another
*Avoid Kohl liners - these may contain dangerous levels of lead