As we have continued our relentless pursuit to understand and treat dry eye, we’ve spent some time really looking into cosmetics that many of us use each day. Mascara. Eyeliner. Blush. Just look at label on these products and see how many you know, let alone be able to pronounce! And these chemicals are all being placed right on the lid margin, right where the meibomian gland openings are. Research is showing that these chemicals may sink into the skin, causing degradation of the meibomian glands, thus resulting in decreased oil on the eye, thereby allowing more evaporation of the tear film, and ultimately more symptoms of dryness, grittiness, and burning.
Below is a list of 10 chemicals that we highly recommend you AVOID in your cosmetics, as all have been shown to have a negative effect on the eye! Take a look at your Almay, Cover Girl, Rhoden and Fields, Avon, or Mary Kay products and see if they contain:
Sodium Laureth Sulfates
Bromo-2 Nitropropain 1-3-Diol
We at Valley Eye Clinic have teamed up with LilyLolo, a Canadian cosmetic company. Canadian cosmetic standards are SIGNIFICANTLY higher as compared to the United States. We are now offering a complete line of LilyLolo products, all carefully tested and approved by all the women in the office, and many family and personal friends, before being offered to our Valley Eye Clinic friends and family. We sell for the same price as LilyLolo online, but you don’t pay the shipping from Canada 😊 If you are interested in a free cosmetic consultation, contact Valley Eye Clinic here in West Des Moines Iowa and ask for an appointment with Olivia, one of our opticians and a certified cosmetologist.