From Eeewwww to Uh Oh, 7 Beauty Mistakes You Should Stop Making Now

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 10-Oct-2016

Your mom may have told you that sharing makeup is a bad idea, but according to a report by Optegra Eye Health Care, 18 percent of 16- to 24-year-old women disregard this advice. So what’s the big deal? We asked Key-Whitman Eye Center's Dallas eye doctor Amy Hong, M.D., to weigh in on the risks associated with this common beauty mistake and several others.

No. 1: Sharing eye cosmetics, especially eyeliner and mascara.

When you share eye makeup, you’re also sharing bacteria and viruses from your skin and tears. Even worse, bacteria multiply over time (gross!).

As Dr. Hong explains, “Our skin (including eyelids) harbors bacteria and viruses, as do tears, which are bodily fluids. When the eye makeup applicator tip comes in contact with skin and tears, the bacteria and viruses residing there attach to the applicator. Once the applicator is reinserted into the tube, the makeup inside will be contaminated.”

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No. 2: Not replacing eye makeup regularly (shoot for every three months).

Even if you don’t share bacteria and viruses with friends, the bacteria from your own skin and tears will be transferred into your eye makeup, where again, it grows over time.

“You typically won’t find expiration dates on eye makeup like you do on eye drops, and this can be problematic. Bacteria grow and chemicals in the makeup break down, which can lead to eye infections and irritation. It’s always a good idea to change out all makeup products regularly,” says Dr. Hong.

No. 3: Going to sleep without removing eye makeup.

Like the skin on your face and body, the skin on your eyelids needs to breathe and shed in order to rejuvenate itself. Sleeping with eye makeup on interferes with this process. According to the same Optegra report, 52 percent of you don’t remove eye makeup before bed – not good.

According to Dr. Hong, “Sleeping in your eye makeup is one of the most common mistakes women make! When you apply mascara and eyeliner, you’re essentially placing a thick paste on your eyelashes and lids. If you don’t remove the makeup at night, the skin doesn’t breathe or shed like it’s supposed to, and dead tissue builds up. This can lead to blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid margins).

“In addition, the oil glands behind the eyelashes can also get clogged. If you end up with eye styes or chalazions (inflamed bumps on the eyelids), clogged oil glands are to blame.”

No. 4: Buying and wearing fashion or colored contacts you didn’t purchase from an eye doctor.

“Contact lenses come in different shapes and sizes and need to be fitted properly. Only an eye doctor is qualified to perform a contact lens fitting. If the lens is too tight, it can cut off circulation to the eye, and if it’s too loose, it can slide around the eye and cause abrasions.

“Eye doctors also educate patients on proper wear and care of the lenses and how often they should be swapped out. When you purchase decorative or colored contact lenses over-the-counter or online, proper fit, quality, sterility, expiration and acceptable longevity of wear go out the window,” warns Dr. Hong.

No. 5: Wearing cheap, fashion sunglasses.

Wearing sunglasses with UV protection is just as important as wearing sunscreen, and some cheap sunglasses offer little to no protection from the sun’s rays.

As Dr. Hong explains, “Sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection can help you avoid wrinkles around the eyes, sun damage to the lens and retina, aging of the eyes and cataract formation.”

No. 6: Skipping eye protection at the tanning salon.

Tanning bed lamps and fumes from spray tanning can damage or irritate eyes if you don’t wear proper eye protection.

“Again, you should limit UV light exposure as much as possible – and tanning bed lamps are just as bad – if not worse – as the sun. On rare occasions, eye irritation from spray tan chemicals could lead to an eye infection. If the chemicals do get in your eyes, irrigate eyes with a sterile eye wash right away, then moisturize eyes with artificial tears,” Dr. Hong says.

No. 7: Wearing eyelash extensions (bacteria central!).

“Do you want dandruff, nasty eye infections and red, irritated bumps on your eyelids? If you don’t, then stop wearing eyelash extensions,” says Dr. Hong.

OK, we get it, eyelash extensions are one of the hottest beauty trends these days, and no matter what Dr. Hong says, many of you will continue wearing them anyway. Please just hear her out.

According to Dr. Hong, “While your eyelash extensions may look great fresh out of the salon, in a couple of weeks, most people end up with dead skin trapped at the base of their lashes, between the skin and the glue. The main problem here is people are afraid to clean their eyelids and lashes well, because they fear the extensions will fall out.

“If you don’t clean your eyelids well, you can end up with blepharitis and dandruff scruff on the surface of the eye, which can cause inflammation. Trust me, what I see under the microscope is a disgusting mess. Plus oil glands can clog and result in eye styes, chalazions, inflammation and eye infections.”

If you MUST wear eyelash extensions, Dr. Hong recommends that you “find an accredited lash salon with licensed technicians who pay attention to detail. Some do a great job at separating lashes out and using minimal lash adhesive. Then be sure to GENTLY scrub your eyelids clean daily.”

Better yet? Consider an eyelash serum instead! At Key-Whitman, we now prescribe Alphaeon® Eyelash Serum, a solution that hydrates, conditions and strengthens lashes. Over time, most patients report that their lashes appear longer, thicker and more conditioned. Bye bye eyelash dandruff!

To learn more about lash extension care and hygiene, read this earlier post: 7 Lash Extension Tips

What to do when beauty habits DO cause eye health problems

“Chemicals on or near the eyes can cause dry eye symptoms and may even cause a stinging sensation. Don’t neglect these symptoms. Instead, use artificial tears to moisturize the eyes. Simply instill the drop, close your eyes and dab the excess tears away – that way you won’t ruin your makeup.

“If your eyes or eyelids turn red, or you experience eye pain, see an eye doctor right away. In the end, it doesn’t matter how good you look if you can’t see,” Dr. Hong says.

If you would like to learn more about Alphaeon Eye Serum or to schedule an eye health exam with an eye doctor in Dallas or with Dr. Hong at Key-Whitman’s Arlington eye clinic, give us a call at (972) 905-9128, or you can set up an appointment online here.

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