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Contact Lenses and Cosmetics: Advice from your Fairfax, VA Optometrist

For those who wear contacts there are some precautions that should be taken when it comes to the use of makeup. Below are a few professional tips for ways to ensure your eyes remain looking great and healthy.

Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes?

First and foremost, eye care professionals advise that you use only products that are oil and fragrance free. Additionally, to avoid flaking or smearing, which could result in bothering your contacts, purchase water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Lastly it's important to replace makeup used around your eyes at regular intervals - it is preferable to switch mascara monthly, liners every three months and shadows every 6 months.

Tips on The Safe Application of Makeup

Make certain you rinse your hands prior to applying your lenses. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara carefully to prevent scratching your lenses. Make sure you don't apply mascara or eye liner to the inner lid and apply mascara at the midpoint of the lashes rather than the base. Don't share makeup with others or apply when the eyes are red or infected.

Another important tip is to remove makeup daily with hypoallergenic, oil-free cleanser. It's advised to take out contacts prior to removing makeup.

Taking proper care in using cosmetics when wearing contact lenses can avoid red, itchy or inflamed eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.

When your eyes are red or irritated avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to contact your eye care practitioner if you have any swelling, pain, or itchiness. Our Fairfax, VA eye doctor will be glad to assist you with any lens problems that are troubling you.