When dealing with layers of primer, concealer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara, using a gentle and effective eye makeup remover is vital. Look for oil free removers that are made specifically for the eye area. If you wear waterproof eye makeup, make sure your eye makeup remover also works on waterproof makeup. Apply remover to a cotton pad and swipe gently over closed eyelids beginning from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye. Repeat as necessary using clean cotton pads every time. Use cotton swabs for the hard-to-reach areas, such as under the eyes, along the lash line, and the inner corners. You can also use pads that are pre-soaked in remover. Tissues can be too rough for the delicate eye area, so stick with softer cleaning tools, such as cotton pads and cotton swabs.
Preventing Eye Infections
The eyes are sensitive and prone to infection. A few simple precautions will help guard against uncomfortable, unsightly, or potentially serious complications:
- Always use only cosmetic and skincare products that are designed specifically for the eye area.
- Avoid touching your eyes with your hands whenever possible. If you have to touch your eyes, make sure to wash your hands and nails thoroughly first.
- Wash your hands often in general. Because our hands touch everything, it’s important to keep them clean not only for eye health but also for our overall health.
- Keep all of your cosmetics clean, and replace caps whenever they are not being used.
- Don’t share cosmetics with other people, especially eye makeup!
- Don’t sleep with eye makeup on. Remove any bits of makeup using eye makeup remover and a cotton pad, then close your eyes and wash the eye area with a gentle cleanser and rinse thoroughly. You should always remove ALL makeup before you go to sleep!