Be it Literati, artists or love birds, eyes give expression to everyone in every situation. Hence, when it comes to personal beauty, it’s hard to overlook the importance of eyes. Eyelash and eyebrow tinting is a popular technique where color is applied to the brows and lashes to make them appear fuller and more prominent. Since eyes are the most sensitive parts of our body, the concern of safety looms high on the adoption of eyelash and eyebrow tinting. There are two risks. First, the color may enter the eye. Second, it may trigger an allergic response as the skin of the eyelid and the surrounding area is very sensitive. This sensitivity of eyes discourages FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) or other drug regulators to approve eye cosmetic products used for tinting of brows and eyelashes. However, key takeaways from the safety guidelines issued by the FDA regarding the use of eye cosmetic products are worth getting the attention.
1. Check Ingredients
If you decide to do this at home make sure to check the ingredients and color additives. Do not buy products that do not disclose the list of ingredients. Such products are considered misbranded and illegal. Abstain from the use of kohl, also known as al-kahl, kajal, or surma, kohl, which is used in some parts of the world for enhancing the appearance of the eyes. Kohl contains salts of heavy metals such as antimony and lead. Several clinical reports link the use of kohl to lead poisoning in children.
In the United States, the use of color additives is strictly regulated. Some color additives approved for cosmetic use, in general, are not approved for areas near the eyes. Cross-check the color additives declared on the label with the FDA’s List of Color Additives Permitted for Use in Cosmetics.
2. Store Eye Cosmetic Properly
Whether you are a consumer or beauty professional, cleanliness is the first principle. Keep your eye cosmetic product or dye in a clean and dry place so that it doesn’t absorb any excess humidity or moisture. Such factors are conducive to the breeding and growth of harmful bacteria or fungi, which may lead to an eye infection.
Excess heat can also denature the preservative of eye cosmetics. Preservatives are added to the product to ward off bacterial or fungal growth. Do not store cosmetics at temperatures above 85° F.
3. Wash Your Hands & Instruments When Coloring
Before applying eye cosmetics, make sure you sanitize your hands and instruments properly. This will help you to keep harmful microorganisms at bay. Do not lay an eyelash wand on a countertop where it can pick up bacteria.
4. Do Not Moisten Cosmetic Products
Do not add any foreign solvent, water or liquid other than what recommended to moisten your eyelash or eyebrow tinting solution. It may bear unpredictable risks. Problems can arise if you overpower a product’s preservative capability.
5. Don’t Share or Swap
Many of the eye infections fall into the category of communicable diseases. Sharing or swapping of eye cosmetic products can lead to the spread of harmful germs leading to an eye infection. Hence, you should avoid this practice at home or business. If you are using a coloring solution from a big container, use single-use applicators, such as clean cotton swabs.
6. Avoid When You Have an Eye Infection
Skip eyelash or eyebrow tinting when you have an eye infection. The ingredients present in the cosmetic product may aggravate the situation. Consult with your ophthalmologist for the right treatment before you go for eyelash or eyebrow tinting.
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