For those who use contacts there are a few precautions that should be taken in regard to applying cosmetics. Here are some basic tips for how to ensure your eyes stay looking great and safe.
Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes?
To start, we recommend you purchase only cosmetics that are oil free and fragrance free. Additionally, to prevent flaking and smudging, which could end up bothering your contacts, use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to replace makeup used around your eyes frequently - ideally switch mascara every month, eyeliner after 3 months and shadows every six months.
How to Safely Apply Cosmetics
Be careful to wash your hands prior to applying your contacts. Put on all eye makeup gently to avoid damaging your contacts. Make sure you don't apply mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and apply mascara at the middle of the eyelashes instead of the base. Never use someone else’s makeup or apply if the eyes are swollen or irritated.
Another important tip is to remove makeup every night with a hypoallergenic, oil-free cleanser. It's advised to remove lenses prior to cleaning off makeup.
Adhering to these guidelines when applying makeup when wearing contacts can prevent red, itchy or inflamed eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.
If your eyes become swollen or infected don't apply any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to contact your eye doctor if you have any redness, pain, or inflammation. Our Fayetteville, NC eye doctor will be glad to assist you with any lens issues that are troubling you.