Mascara – Should I Replace it?

Stacie ContrerasSkin Care

Waterproof Mascara

Mascara can be amazing!

It can give you that girly big eye look, or it can be the cause to an eye infection if not cared for properly.  Whether you are a drug store mascara girl or a high end lash queen, all brands need to be replaced. The questions are “why” and “when?”

Did you know that numerous microorganisms live on your facial skin, including your eyelids. That can include bacteria like Staphylococcus aureusStreptococcus pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Yes you read that right. As you apply your mascara, those same microorganisms can cling to the wand and then settle and grow within your favorite tube of mascara. Streptococcus pneumoniae can spread to your eyes and cause what is known as Pink Eye. 

Staphylococcus aureus can also lead to styes, those darn pimple-like bumps that can bubble up on your eyelids and never seem to go away. Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes skin infections on the delicate tissue of your eyelids. Why is this such an issue? Did you know that an eyelid infection can lead to blepharitis, causing inflammation that can lead to the loss of eyelashes.

UMMMM excuse me? Mascara can lead to the loss of your lashes?  The same lashes you are working so hard to make look longer and more full? What can you do then?

Change your mascara!

Mascara should be replaced every 3-4 months at the longest. According to the American Academy of Ophthalology it should be replaced every three months.  Another BIG no no is adding a little water or God Forbid spit to an old tube. Thats just trying to create an issue. Think about how many germs are in our mouths.

Poor makeup application and old makeup can lead you down the road of allergies, injuries and infections, both viral and bacterial. The simple answer to avoiding this is to be watchful of how you apply your mascara, and change that tube of your favorite lash enhancer every 3 months. Don’t try and save a buck at the expense of your health!