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Healthy Eyes are Beautiful Eyes

Posted // Friday, September 14, 2012
By: Dr. Lydia Lane

Many of us women will be checking out the retail shops and boutiques soon to see what’s new in this year’s fall fashion. While you’re at it, its also a good time to refresh your makeup.

Beware of Bacteria

You should throw eye makeup away after three months and use only fresh applicators when sampling makeup in the store. In fact, why chance it? I’d recommend against using store samples completely!

Apply it Correctly

Make sure your face and eyelids are clean before you apply your makeup and apply all makeup outside the lash line. For example, if you line the inside of your lash line you might actually block the oil glands of your upper and lower eyelid. And even if you end up with that tarantula look, never separate mascara clumps with sharp items! Always remove your makeup each evening by using a gentle cleanser.

Avoid Irritation and Allergic Reactions

If you are prone to allergies, introduce only one new eye product or brand at a time. If you have dry eyes, metallic or glittery eye shadow might flake off and cause irritation or infections.

What About Using Lash Lengthening Drugs Like Lattice?

There is a growing trend toward using lash-lengthening drugs like Latisse. Are they safe? Yes, but just like any drug, there are things to remember:

  • Latisse is not approved for people under the age of 18
  • It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women
  • Contact lenses must be removed before using
  • Check with your doctor first if you have an eye condition

Latisse was actually discovered when glaucoma patients were using a drug with similar ingredients. These patients found the drug lengthened and thickened their lashes. Now it’s available by prescription for cosmetic reasons. I recommend if you choose to use Latisse, do so under the supervision of your physician, so if you do experience any problems, your doctor can treat you in a timely manner.