If you wear mascara on a daily basis, it is important to remember that there are certain precautions and guidelines you can take, to ensure that the use of mascara is as safe as possible, preventing damage your eyes. One of the dangers with wearing mascara products is that bacteria can build up within the tube, and cause severe eye infections. Several different types of mascara do contain preservatives to help to control these bacteria and prevent them from building, however over time these preservatives begin to break down, inevitably causing this bacteria to begin to form.
To help avoid this danger it is important to discard of old mascara about every 3-4 months, to ensure this bacteria does not have ample time to grow. Your eyes do an excellent job of preventing bacteria build up, however if the mascara wand slips, it can scratch the cornea allowing these bacteria and infection to be introduced. Here are some tips on how to safely use mascara:
- If you smell a foul odor after opening- throw it away immediately
- Avoid samples from make-up counters and cosmetic boutiques
- Do not water down your mascara, as this can block the preservatives from fighting the bacteria build up
- If you do find yourself with an eye infection, don’t risk it. Throw the mascara away immediately
- when it begins to dry out/ or clump throw it away
Aside from these tips, use common sense. Apply in a still, well-lit environment with a mirror in place. It is certainly not worth the risk. Certain eye damage is irreversible, so make sure you protect your eyes as best as possible at all times.