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How to Maintain Your Eye Health While Still Looking Pretty

Wearing makeup is a normal part of almost every woman’s daily routine. We don’t think twice about applying powders, liquids, creams and colors to your eye area, however when it comes to these beauty products, most women don’t really know what is in them or what they can do to your peepers.

The best way to avoid any possible danger is by becoming aware of your makeup products, know when they are unsafe to use and recognize the signs that something may be wrong. Below are a few tips to keep you in the know about your makeup and eye health, hopefully allowing you to stay looking beautiful without running into any complications.

Keep Your Hands Clean

No matter how many times a day you wash your hands they probably still have bacteria on them. We touch so many things all the time that it is virtually impossible to keep them squeaky clean around the clock, but there are ways to avoid getting that bacteria on other parts of your body, like your eye. Make sure you wash your hands before you start applying your eye makeup. That way not only do you avoid transferring harmful germs to your eye itself, but you avoid contaminating your makeup as well.

Don’t Use Old Mascara

Most women don’t know that makeup does have a shelf life, mascara included. Most mascaras should be thrown away after six months of use, regardless if there is any left or not in the tube. It can get caked with bacteria, and applying that to your eye makes it susceptible to infection. In some cases there may be permanent damage, including blindness.

Store Your Makeup In the Right Temp

Most women like to keep their makeup on hand in case they need a touch up throughout the day. This usually means that it is kept in your purse or car, both places that can get extremely hot inside. Keeping your makeup in a warm place turns it into a breeding ground for bacteria. Try keeping it in your office desk or home bathroom. And if it gets too hot, toss it.

Don’t Mix and Match

Some makeup is made to use everywhere, from your eye to your lips to your cheeks. As convenient as these products may be, they can actually be harmful to the different areas of the face. If eye bacteria gets into your mouth or cheek bacteria gets into your mouth, then it can cause an infection in those differing places. 

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