Makeup is a big part of most women’s morning routine. What we put on our face and how we put it on can play a big role not only in how healthy our skin is but also the health of our eyes. Knowing the best products to use can make a huge different in dark circles and even aging! To keep your eyes happy and healthy, here are 7 must-know eye care makeup tips!
1. Wash Your Brushes
It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to wash your brushes. Everyday your makeup brushes accumulate dead skin, oil and makeup – gross! What’s worse is that every time you apply makeup you rub all of that back on your face; this includes your eye shadow brushes. Make sure to wash your brushes every other week to ensure your eyes are healthy and infection free. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on expensive department store cleansers either. Gently mix your dirty brushes in a mixture of dish soap and olive oil and wash off in warm water with the bristles facing down. Facing your bristles down is super important so that the warm water doesn’t begin to dissolve the glue holing the bristles in place.
The skin around your eyes is different from the rest of your face in that it’s much thinner. On account of this thinness, it’s also much more vulnerable. Furthermore, the skin around your eyes also gets the biggest workout. Every time you squint, laugh, or narrow your eyes, you’re giving the skin a workout. Between facial expressions and environmental factors like UV rays, your eyes will start to form wrinkles as the thin skin dries out. This is why moisturizing around your eyes with a good eye cream is so important.
3. Invest In a Good Concealer
Good concealers are packed with moisturizing agents and vitamins to keep your eyes healthy. Spending the extra few dollars on a quality brand will make a world of a difference. Additionally, department store brands will last throughout the day and go on easy.
4. Use The Right Tone for Your Skin
Nothing can ruin your look more than mismatched foundation. As mentioned before, spending a little extra on foundation is worth it. That’s because department store brands offer a wider variety of shades than drugstores. You’re more likely to get a shade that matches your natural skin tone if you drop a few extra dollars on the good stuff! What’s more? Use a peach toned under-eye concealer to combat nasty dark circles and yellow will help to even out skin tone.
5. Always Take Off Your Makeup
No matter how tired you are, always take your makeup off. When you sleep with your mascara on it dries and crusts, which sometimes causes lashes to fall out. If that’s not reason enough, your stray lashes can actually scratch your cornea! Dr. Schweiger, a New York based dermatologist says, ”Mascara and eyeliner can be rubbed by your pillow and end up in your eyes, which can lead to significant eye irritation.” Are you a repeat offender? Oil and bacteria can begin to clog up the hair follicles and cause significant irritation. What’s worse is that this irritation can turn into styes that may need treatment by a doctor to remedy. For those nights where you just cant wash your face, keep some drug store makeup wipes beside your bed for a quick fix, even if it means taking your makeup off in bed.
6. Go Fragrance and Oil-Free
To ensure that your face and eyes are happy, err on the side of caution and go with oil and fragrance free products. These types of products are much less likely to cause nasty breakouts or skin irritations. Go natural!
7. 6 Month Rule
Makeup is expensive, there’s no doubt about that. We all want to hold onto our expensive mascaras and face powders as long as we can. For the sake of clear skin and non-irritated eyes, throw out products after 6 months! Products begin to host a bevy of nasty bacteria and dead skin so do yourself a favor and toss those products!
Aside from all of these beneficial tips, the best thing you can do for eye health is keep up with regular eye exams. So, when was your last appointment? Book online now!