Monday, August 31, 2009

Health and Beauty Alert - Blepharitis

Health and beauty walk hand in hand so I couldn’t just sit here and talk about the latest fashion and the coolest makeup and not give you an alert when I feel it’s really important. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the lash follicles at the eyelid margins. The cause is excess growth of bacteria that is normally present on the skin. And why exactly this excessive growth of bacteria happens? More often than not, it occurs due to poorly removed makeup. Its not the only cause but nowadays is the most common - infecting more women than men.

Blepharitis is often mistaken by conjunctivitis (a.k.a. pink eye) because people aren’t aware of how common it is. If you’re eyelids are crusty, swollen, itchy and burning, appear red or if you feel like you have sand on your eyes when you blink, you may have this eyelid infection. The loss of eyelashes can occur in some cases. Technically, this isn't an eye lid infection even though that is it's most common name.

If you have two or more of these symptoms, please call your doctor. If not treated right away, this condition can ultimately lead to injuries of the eye tissue and even scarring of the eyelids. I bet its as bad as it sounds. You’re doctor will give you a treatment that will include a careful daily cleansing of your eyelids. Just because you had this condition once, it doesn’t mean you’ll have it forever since there is a cure and it is preventable.

If you’re scared already and would like to avoid having Blepharitis happening to you, remove your eye makeup carefully everyday. Also, never, under any circumstances, use makeup testers that you’re not 100% sure are sanitary. I’ve seen girls go in to stores, pick up mascara testers and apply it on to their lashes just like that. It looks gross, it feels wrong and it isn’t healthy; not one bit!

Protect yourself from nasty bacteria with Beauty So Clean. Created by professional makeup artists, this revolutionary cosmetic product line cleans, rejuvenates and removes bacteria from cosmetic products without altering your makeup. Their cosmetic sanitizer wipes and mists are great for cleaning mascara wands, lipsticks, lip glosses eye pencils, makeup brushes, cream and powder-based products. At $15 for 48 wipes; not only are they disposable and convenient to carry in your back pocket - in just seconds, they're 100% effective. By eliminating infectious germs and bacteria, a $15 8 ml sanitizer mist will extend the lifeline of your cosmetic products - saving you hundreds of dollars annually!

We all have days where we'll go home, fall on the bed and not even want to take our clothes off to sleep. My tip to you is to keep some makeup remover wipes on your nightstand. On the days when you just don’t feel like moving one more muscle, one wipe will go a long way.

If you are not convinced that you should purchase cosmetic sanitizers and makeup removal wipes, just think of the various bacteria and potential infections that are lurking in your makeup bag and face. Remember that for every night you sleep with makeup on, your skin will age a week. Just do the math and don’t forget to invest in cosmetic sanitizers and to remove your makeup nightly.

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