Do your eyes water and become irritated at the thought of a mascara wand, but you're not quite ready to give up your long, thickened lashes? Whether you suffer from delicate skin, are a contact lens wearer or simply have allergies you can't control, then it may be time to swap the products in your make up bag for a gentler formula, but where do you start?
If your eyes become irritated, or reddened when applying mascara it may be due to the ingredients you are using. As with any product you use, the ingredients you choose are key. Here are a few ingredients you should be avoiding:
1. Propylene Glycol - Propylene Glycol is a liquid that absorbs water, and it can cause dermatological and respiratory issues. Some of the problems it can cause include acne, eczema, and rashes.
2. Retinyl acetate is a form of vitamin A, may seem harmless. You want to avoid retinyl acetate because it is a carcinogen and can cause developmental and reproductive problems.
3. Formaldehyde is sometimes used in mascara as a preservative. Since it is a known carcinogen, formaldehyde is not something you want to put near your eyes. On the ingredient label it can be listed under several different names, including DMDM hydantoin, diazuli dinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or methenamine and quaternium-15.
4. Synthetic fragrance, synthetic glues, parabens, phthalates and mineral oil - For obvious reasons, these are just not good for your lashes or your health. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
However, this does not mean you are destined to put down the mascara wand for good as every mascara we stock is suitable for sensitive eyes and are free from all of the above! See below our natural mascara suggestions, from the first ever waterproof natural mascara (Hurray!) to adding a hint of colour to your lashes:
If you want a healthy, 100% natural look:
If you are looking for a little luxury:
If you want tried, tested and loved:
If you want a gentle formula but intense eyes: