You’ve brushed your teeth, changed into your pajamas, set your alarm, and now you’re ready for bed. But did you remember to take off your eye makeup?
You’ve probably heard that you should clean your face thoroughly before you go to sleep, but is leaving a little mascara on overnight really that big of a deal?
The answer is… (drumroll please)… yes!
Eye makeup can help enhance the look of your eyes throughout the day, however, it can turn into your personal nightmare — pun intended — when you go to sleep. We’ve found that many people who wear eye makeup haven’t been taught the true importance of establishing an eyelid hygiene routine.
So why should you clean off your eye makeup every night?
Bacterial Infections and Makeup Go Hand-in-Hand
Our eyelashes have bacteria – don’t worry, this is natural. Lashes act as the first line of defense, protecting our eyes from foreign particles. However, whenever makeup brushes are used to apply product to the eyelid or eyelashes, those brushes can pick up the bacteria on our eyelashes and mix them into your makeup.
Over time, the bacteria caught by makeup brushes can build up. The longer you use the same eye makeup and makeup brushes, the more you increase your risk of bacterial infection.
It’s important to always be aware of the age of your cosmetics and stop using makeup when it becomes too old. Regularly cleaning makeup brushes will also help you fight off bad bacteria. Also, remember to never share makeup products – it’s like you’re asking for an infection!
It’s equally important to properly remove eye makeup and practice eyelid hygiene, which can reduce the amount of bacteria build-up on your eyelids and eyelashes, decreasing your risk of developing a bacterial infection.
Makeup Can Inhibit Proper Oil Production
You may not have heard of the meibomian glands, but our eyes use them every day. Each upper eyelid contains about 24 to 40 meibomian glands, and the lower eyelid contains 20-30 glands, each of which secrete a tiny amount of oil. This oil is used to keep our tears from evaporating too quickly.
When clogged by makeup, bacteria, or other foreign particles, the meibomian glands can’t properly secret their oils, causing tears to evaporate too quickly. This results in an itchy, irritating, and often painful condition called “dry eye” or “ocular surface disease.”
Dry eye can cause irritating symptoms, such as itching, burning, and stinging eyes. It can also cause your eyes to be watery, sore, and sensitive to light. It’s a common problem: Millions of Americans suffer from dry eye.
Blocked meibomian glands often require treatment from an eye care professional, which can be complex and time-consuming. Fortunately, you can easily decrease your chances of developing blocked meibomian glands and dry eye by instituting a daily eyelid hygiene routine.
The Risks Don’t End There…
Dry eye isn’t the only problem caused by blocked or infected meibomian glands. You can also develop blepharitis, an unsightly inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis causes your eyes to be watery and red, as well as gritty, stinging, and itchy. It’s a chronic condition that can lead to other complications, including:
- The formation of a sty
- Eyelash growth issues
- Eyelid skin problems
- The development of a chalazion
- Chronic pink eye
- Demodex mite infections
It’s Time to Take Makeup Removal Seriously
Establishing a daily routine for eyelid care can help decrease your chances of developing painful conditions and infections. While applying makeup may be time-consuming, removing makeup properly can be easy, especially once you’ve found the right cleansing product.
When considering an eyelid hygiene solution, it’s important to find a soothing, non-irritating cleanser. But you can further protect your eyes by using a product that’s also designed to treat conditions like blepharitis, dry eye, and Demodex infestations.
Blephadex is a simple-yet-effective solution that allows you to take off your makeup with ease. Using a proprietary formula of tea tree and coconut oil, Blephadex wipes clean, soothes, and moisturizes your eyelids while safeguarding against common eyelid conditions. It’s also available in warming wipes and as a foaming cleanser, so you can choose the application method that best fits your needs.
It’s time to take daily makeup removal seriously! Protect your eyes by picking up an eyelid hygiene routine with a high-quality, effective cleansing product.
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