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Tired Eyes and Eye Make-Up

5 Jan

Sooner or later, people who wear cosmetic eye make-up such as mascara and eye liner realize that these applications can sometimes make eyes feel dry, tired and uncomfortable, especially in situations that are stressful to eyes such as staying up late, spending long hours at a computer, or attending gatherings where there is drinking and smoking.

A common method of relieving the discomfort of tired and strained eyes is to apply chemically formulated eye drops. However, research confirms what most make-up wearers already know, that applying eye drops while wearing make-up could be counter-productive, not to mention messy.

Here’s why:

  • When you apply eye drops, some of the drop formulation often ends up on the eyelid.
  • If there is make-up on the eyelid, the drops could dissolve the make-up and mix with it.
  • The mixture of eye drop and make-up could then flow back into the eyes, causing additional irritation and redness.
  • This process is called “backflow” and it occurs fairly often.

Even if you don’t use eye drops while wearing make-up, cosmetics often cause eyes to feel less than fresh. That ‘s because leaving eyeliner and mascara on lids and lashes for too long can dehydrate (dry out) the eyelid skin which, in turn, can dry out the all-important tear film resulting in irritation, redness and dry eye symptoms.

Applying an all-natural, pure water moisturizer in the form of a fine mist can help prevent make-up from drying out your eyelid skin and causing discomfort.

Take Eye Makeup Off Before Bedtime

2 Dec

University of Iowa Health Science Relations and
Hilary Beaver, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Science

If you use eye makeup, such as mascara, eye liner and eye shadow, remember to remove it before going to sleep, cautions an eye specialist in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology.

This caution might seem unnecessary or inconvenient, but when you are tired, removing your makeup may be forgotten or postponed until morning, says Dr. Hilary Beaver, assistant professor of comprehensive services in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Removing eye makeup before sleeping is important. If eye makeup is not removed daily there is an increased possibility of an allergic reaction or contact irritation. Repeated application over irritated skin will increase the subsequent skin reaction.

An allergic reaction to eye makeup usually occurs on the thin, delicate skin around the eye, she explains. Should makeup particles fall into the eye, that, too, could lead to an allergic reaction.

Redness in the eye is one symptom of such allergic reactions, especially if the redness is accompanied by itching and pain, Beaver says.

“It’s more difficult to locate the cause of the allergic reaction if a person uses different brands of mascara, eye liner and eye shadow.”

If more than one brand of eye makeup is used, you might try the same one for several days in a row and keep a diary of symptoms. This may help narrow down the likely form and brand of eye makeup that is causing the allergic reaction, Beaver suggests.

Another possible solution is to try a hypoallergenic brand of eye makeup. The UI clinician notes that hypoallergenic makeup has ingredients that have been found to cause fewer allergic reactions in people.

If changing brands does not eliminate the allergy symptoms, you might wish to consult a physician, Beaver says.