The scary truth about eye glitter, false lashes, and contacts for your Halloween costume.
Oct 18, 2017
Cosmetics this Halloween season
Eye glitter, eyelashes, colored contacts, oh my! These are a few cosmetic products used to achieve a chic Halloween look. Halloween is a time for transforming into a character outside yourself, but how do you transform your look without damaging your eyes?
Recently videos exhibiting glitter-damaged eyes began to surface on the internet. These videos are creating a need for awareness about glitter and other cosmetic safety skills. Glittery cosmetics are often a necessary component to a costume. Whether it is glitter tulle, hair spray glitter, or eye glitter to complete the look, glitter clogs the air around the month of October. However, to avoid a scratched cornea, keeping non cosmetic-grade glitter away from your eyes is essential.
Cosmetic-grade glitter is small and round to avoid cutting the eye. Most eye makeup or face glitter contains cosmetic-grade glitter. Non-cosmetic grade glitter is large and square shaped, which makes it easy to cut the eye. When shopping for glitter this season, it is important to ensure that any glitter that approaches the eye is cosmetic-grade. While cosmetic-grade glitter can cause irritation to the eyes, it will not cut them. Upon the use of non-cosmetic grade glitter around the eyes, cuts to the cornea are common and can lead to eye irritation and infection.
Another fashion accessary necessary for costume completion are false eyelashes. While these falsies might be a stylish addition to tie your costume together, they can also enter your eyes, causing extreme irritation. To adhere the lashes to the eye, the application of a thick layer of glue is necessary. Many times, the glue is formaldehyde or biologic based which should not enter the eyes. These glues can cause irritation of the cornea as well as trapping dirt or bacteria. Obtaining eyelash glue that has a natural base can save your eyes from irritation this Halloween.
Products not designed with eyes in mind, like glitter and false lashes can lead to eye irritation and infections. However, there is a product that may spark interests this Halloween made with the eyes in mind: contacts.
Contacts are a medical device and should only be sold by an eye care professional. Websites, stores, or venders selling contacts of any kind this Halloween are participating in an illegal distribution of a medical device. Contacts sold illegally can cause bacterial infections, allergic reactions, corneal ulcers, or damage to the eyes’ ability to function with potential for irreversible sight loss. It is important to see an eye care professional if there is a need for cosmetic contacts.
This year, 157 million Americans participate in a Halloween celebration and spend an average of $6.2 billion on the holiday. Amongst the participants, many will use cosmetic products, like glitter, false lashes, or contacts that can affect the eyes if not properly used. This Halloween, ensure your glitter is cosmetic-grade, your eyelash glue is all-natural, and your contacts are from an eye care professional.