Weâ€™re all guilty of indulging in a few bad habits every now and then. But when it comes to your makeup routine, there are things you might be doing that you didnâ€™t even know could be harmful to you. Here, weâ€™ve rounded up some common makeup habits that can cause major damage to your skinâ€”and your health.
Sharing Makeup with a Friend
You share clothes and jewelry with your BFFâ€”so why not that flattering-on-everyone lipstick you loveâ€¦right? Wrongâ€”very, very wrong. Sharing your favorite lip color with your besite could lead to something nastyâ€”and weâ€™re not talking about getting upset when she doesnâ€™t return it to you. â€œSharing makeup with a friend comes the risk of infection,â€ says David Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. â€œIn sharing eyeliners and lipsticks, you can run the risk of contracting viral infections such as conjunctivitis and cold sores.â€ Oh, and one Australian woman claims she got a staph infectionâ€”that has left her in a wheelchair permanentlyâ€”from using her friendâ€™s makeup brush.
Using Expired Makeup
â€œExpiration dates exist for a reason, and most people donâ€™t throw out products when they should,â€ says Bank. So just as youâ€™d trash milk thatâ€™s past its prime, you should also toss that mascara or lipstick or whatever other product youâ€™ve had forever. You run the risk of getting an infection like pink eye or unwanted skin irritation if you use something thatâ€™s expired since products can start to harbor bacteria. Most products have a symbol on them that will tell you how long itâ€™s good for once youâ€™ve opened it. Mascara and liner generally have the shortest shelf life (Rebecca Taylor, M.D., an ophthalmologist and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, recommends getting rid of them after three months).
Sleeping with Your Makeup On
Too tired to take your makeup off at night? You could be waking up to big problems in the morning, as regularly snoozing in your foundation can do a number on both your skin and your eyes. â€œSleeping in your makeup can lead to clogged pores, but it can also cause eye irritation, as well,â€ says Bank. â€œWhen you toss and turn your head throughout the night, traces of makeup can migrate into the eye.â€ Eye makeup contains oils and waxes, and as the products sit on the eye overnight, those ingredients can block glands, resulting in bumps on the skin around your eye, or even a stye, says Taylor.
Getting Lash Extensions
â€œSome lash glues contain formaldehyde, which can irritate the eyes,â€ says Taylor. â€œIf applied poorly, extensions can cause lashes to become brittle and break off.â€ That being said, getting lash extensions can be perfectly safe as long as you take the right precautions. Taylor recommends not overusing extensions, which can lead to hair loss, researching where you schedule your appointment to ensure youâ€™re going somewhere safe, and doing a patch test to determine if youâ€™re allergic to any extension glue.
Applying Eyeliner to Your Waterline
â€œYour eyes have their own set of natural bacteria, and by using eyeliner pencils, you can introduce foreign bacteria,â€ explains Taylor. â€œTo avoid infection and clogged oil glands, donâ€™t line your inner rims or waterline [inside your lash line].â€ In fact, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Waterloo, researchers found that 15 to 30 percent more particles of liner moved into the eyeâ€™s protective layerâ€”the tear filmâ€”when people applied eyeliner here, as opposed to outside the lash line. Talk about gross.-Women’s Health