I’ve written before about the importance of eye makeup sanitation, noting that germ-infested cosmetics can cause a whole host of eye infections. Now I find out that, in the quest for longer lashes, some people may be willing to risk turning their blue eyes brown.
Until recently, individuals with sparse eyelashes were in a bit of a pickle. While mascara and even false eyelashes could help create the appearance of fuller lashes, cosmetic approaches had limited effectiveness. For many people, eye framing “doll lashes” was simply another unattainable beauty standard.
Then something interesting happened. Users of a glaucoma drug called Bimatoprost, sold under the trade name “Lumigan,” began to notice that their eyelashes appeared thicker and darker after they’d been using the drug for awhile. Researchers became interested in these claims and began running tests. Sure enough, the drug proved effective at not only treating glaucoma, but also encouraging eyelash growth. In 2008, the FDA approved the drug for cosmetic use under the brand name of “Latisse.”
To many people, the drug sounded like a miracle: Lush, full eyelashes are in demand. High-end mascaras cost $25+ and many women pay even more for eyelash tinting and extensions. Being able to grow thicker lashes sounded like a dream come true.
Unfortunately, like most drugs, Latisse use has potential side effects. Some users reported blurred vision and redness. Others noted a darkening of the eyelid and under the eye. In some cases the eyelashes grew too long, resulting in discomfort and scratched corneas. Sloppy application could result in the medication getting onto other parts of the face, leading to unwanted hair growth.
And then there’s the bit about eye color: Some blue eyed users found that their eyes had turned permanently brown.
The drug contains prostaglandins, which help to relieve the dangerous pressure that threatens the eyesight of glaucoma patients. These prostaglandins can trigger increased melanin production in the eyes, permanently altering their color. While users are cautioned to keep the drug on the lid, mishaps can occur, with the drug spreading into the eye itself.
How do you feel about drugs like Latisse? Is beauty worth the risk?
Tuesday, October, 1 2013 by Lainie Petersen
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Women have been using eye cosmetics for generations and for good reason: A pretty pair of eyes has been known to sweep many a suitor off his (or her) feet. The flip-side of this is that makeup is notorious for causing irritation and infection and there are few things more unattractive than peepers that are red, swollen and oozing green muck.
1. Pore Over Packaging
Your eyes are sensitive organs: Easy to irritate and easy to damage. Contaminants in eye makeup, such as bacteria or foreign substances cause a world of pain. Use your common sense when shopping and make sure a product’s packaging is intact and sealed.
(If there is a “sell-by” date on the package read it, abide by it.)
Tip: Be extra cautious while shopping in the “bargain bins” at drug stores and boutiques, as some of the makeup in there can be pretty old, even if well-sealed and in its original packaging. Also, check out the FDA’s Import Alert of contaminated cosmetics.
2. Be Selfish
Never, never share makeup with a friend. No matter how much she begs. No matter how long she pleads.
(Don’t share even if there the cutest guy in the world is at the bar and she really needs an extra coat of mascara.)
Sharing makeup is just asking for trouble. It’s how infections get spread. Don’t do it.
Tip: If you are the “need to be needed” sort, keep a package of unused, trial-size cosmetics in your purse so that you can dole them out to grateful friends and strangers in the ladies’ room. Just keep your own stuff for yourself.
3. Don’t Be a Hoarder
If you love a mascara, set it free after four months.
(You can always buy another.)
Eye makeup doesn’t improve with age, so don’t stockpile or hang onto a product for months or years. Mascara and eyeliner should be dumped 4-6 months after opening. Toss other cosmetics after a year.
Tip: If you hate the idea of tossing a beloved shade because it’s no longer being manufactured, don’t fret. There are companies that will custom blend shades for you. Just send ‘em a sample of what you already have and they’ll match it.
4. Get a Clean Slate
Got an eye infection? Lucky you. Now you get to go shopping for all new eye makeup!
(Yep, that’s ALL new. No time for getting sentimental.)
Never, ever keep eye makeup around after an eye infection. It all needs to head for the trash. If you use it again, you risk reinfecting yourself.
Tip: Shop wisely if you are on a modest budget. Department store brands often feature “gift with purchase” offers that may include generous samples of shadow, liner, mascara, and eye makeup remover. For the price of one or two items, you’ll end up with a nice “starter wardrobe” of eye makeup.
5. Block Those Rays
Don’t forget the importance of protection against UV rays when choosing your eye makeup. Some makeup (such as mineral eye shadow) provides this protection, but some products don’t, so it is up to you to protect your eyes, and the skin around them, from the sun.
How to do it? Look for eye care products (such as moisturizers) that include a sunblock. You should also make sure that your glasses and sunglasses have a UV coating.
Tip: Try layering UV products around your eyes for serious protection: Start with a moisturizer that contains sunscreen, then add mineral eyeshadow. Complete your look with a pair of UV-coated sunglasses or regular specs.
Wednesday, May, 16 2012 by Lainie Petersen
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