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Contacts and Cosmetics: Do’s and Don’ts from your Scotts Valley, CA Eye Doctor


If you use contact lenses a few precautions should be taken when applying cosmetics. Here are some pointers on how to be sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy.


Buying Cosmetics


First of all, eye care professionals recommend you buy only cosmetics that are oil free and fragrance free. In addition, to avoid flaking and smudging, which could end up irritating your lenses, use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Finally you should replace eye makeup at regular intervals – it is preferable to mascara monthly, eyeliner every three months and shadows every six months.


How to Safely Apply Makeup


Make sure you wash your hands prior to applying your lenses. Put on all eye makeup carefully so you don't damage your contacts. Don't touch mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara at the midpoint of the eyelashes instead of the base. Never use someone else’s makeup or apply when your eyes are swollen or infected.


It's also very important to clean off eye makeup daily with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. It's advised to take out contacts prior to cleaning off makeup.


Taking proper care in using cosmetics during lens use can avoid red, itchy or inflamed eyes as well as damage to the contacts.


If your eyes become swollen or infected avoid wearing makeup. Don't hesitate to contact your eye doctor if you experience any swelling, discomfort, or irritation. Our Scotts Valley, CA eye doctor will be glad to assist you with any contact issues that are troubling you.