Do You Know the Three-Month Rule?

March 9th, 2010

Next month is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

Why is it just for women? Well, we put all sorts of things near our eyes that most men wouldn’t dream of.


In honor of April’s eye month, the Prevent Blindness America group has some safety tips for you to keep in mind when applying cosmetics:

• Never use makeup testers in stores or share eye makeup with others.
• Dispose of eye cosmetics three months after purchased, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
• Always apply makeup outside the lash line to avoid contact with the eye.
• Never store cosmetics in extreme heat or cold conditions (such as a car), as this can break down preservatives, allowing bacteria to grow.
• Never apply makeup while driving or riding in a moving vehicle.
• Never apply eye cosmetics if eyes are already red, swollen, or if you have recently undergone eye surgery until an eye doctor has given permission.
• Do not dye eyelashes or eyebrows. No color additives have been approved by the FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes or eyebrows.

Did any of those safety tips surprise you?

I’ve honestly never considered dyeing my lashes or brows. I’m also not one to put eye makeup on while driving, but I’ve certainly seen others do this. A mascara wand in the eye doesn’t sound like fun to me.

The tip that surprises me the most is disposing of eye cosmetics three months after purchased. For someone like me who doesn’t wear makeup each day, that’s tricky.

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