If you are guilty of applying your eyeliner pencil over and over again, leaving a worn, soft, stubby tip with a slightly scratchy nib, you could be at risk of eye health problems.
If you read my last blog, hopefully now you are committed to cleaning your makeup brushes EVERY WEEK.
If you are shocked by that and think it’s a bit over the top, read the compelling reasons why here.
Ever wondered what collects on the nib of your pencil?
So the same gunk and debris that builds up on the skin becomes mixed with the tears and meibum from the eyes.
Meibum is oil secreted by eyelid glands that makes up our tears. These glands around the eyes are so tiny they are easily blocked. In fact, at any one time a good proportion of them already are.
Blepharitis is caused by inflammation and blockage of these oil glands which can lead to dry and sore eyes.
This gooey mixture of debris, tears and meibum collects on the end of our pencil eye liners after every single use.
So this is why it is important to sharpen eye liner and eyeshadow pencils regularly. Frequent sharpening exposes a fresh, new tip that is free-from germs and debris. This will help to avoid common eye infections forming and spreading such as styes, conjunctivitis and blepharitis.
How can I protect my eye health?
To prevent these conditions developing;
- Always sharpen your pencils frequently
- Use a cosmetic sharpener designed to avoid splinters
- Choose an eye-friendly, ultra-soft and non-dragging eye pencil
- To prevent blepharitis, choose a range that does not block the eyelid glands
- Keep the lids on all cosmetic pencils.
Sharpening also avoids rough or sharp edges developing at the tip of the pencil that may scratch or damage the delicate eyelids. This is especially important for sensitive eyes, eyelids or skin.
As a pharmacist and optician owned eye health company, we are ideally qualified to offer professional advice and see many common eye conditions regularly. If you have problems with cosmetics and sore eyes, try natural and hypo-allergenic NATorigin cosmetics and skincare.