What's Lurking In Your Mascara Bottle?

Are you a makeup enthusiast with all of the latest beauty enhancing products? Or do you have to dig your make up bag out for a rare night on the town? Either way your eyes are delicate, and ensuring they stay healthy is more important than making them look beautiful. Follow our helpful guide and we can help make sure you can do both.

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How To Avoid A Makeup Induced Eye Infection

Shockingly, 1 in 5 people aren't aware that their makeup has an expiry date, making smudges and clumps the least of their worries. Bacteria thrives in dark, moist environments such as liquid eyeliner and mascara; so as the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new! Three months after purchase, you should toss out your eye makeup to limit the risk of conjunctivitis and other eye infections. It's also advised not to leave your makeup anywhere too warm, because heat will further encourage the growth of bacteria.

False eyelashes are also a breeding ground for germs as they trap bacteria and foreign materials. If you tend to reuse your lashes, you should first make sure they are high quality and remember to clean them after every wear.

Another cardinal makeup sin is sharing your make up with your nearest and dearest. It doesn't matter if your friends think you're stingy, it's simply not worth risking an eye infection. Always remember that when makeup is concerned, sharing is most certainly not caring. Don't let this slip your mind if you're ever tempted to try the testers at the makeup counter either, as you may just bag yourself a free infection along with your makeover!

If you wear contact lenses, you should always insert them before applying your makeup and remove them before taking off your makeup. By perfecting this procedure your contact lenses should remain mascara free, which will not only help avoid infection and irritation, but also help ensure your lenses last as long as they should.

It might be the last thing on your mind after a long day, but taking off your makeup before you go to bed is a must! A mascara-laden eyelash that finds its way into your eye while you sleep will cause irritation and possible infection. Not only that, left-on mascara can weaken your lashes, causing them to break and fall out more easily.