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Halloween and Eye Safety: What You Need to Know

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source: John Hopkins Medicine

year: 2023


Makeup can be an important part of a well-thought-out costume, or an easy last-minute solution. No matter the situation, be sure to take precautions while using cosmetics near the eyes.

  • Carefully select the makeup you use, and be aware that certain ingredients such as fragrances, preservatives (including parabens and benzalkonium chloride), metallic pigments and color additives might cause irritation to your skin or eyes. Patch testing a small area of the skin in advance can alert you to an allergy or reaction before attempting wide application.
  • Avoid applying products inside the eyelash line, which has been shown to increase irritation and dryness of the eye surface.
  • Avoid using glitter. The plastic particles and dyes in cosmetic glitter are nontoxic, yet they are at risk of migrating onto the eye surface if applied near the eyelids. Craft glitter, which can contain metal or glass particles and harmful dyes, should never be used for cosmetic purposes.
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