Most people have very routine hygiene. They wake up every day and brush their teeth, take a shower or wash their face, apply deodorant, etc.
There are also all of the daily parts of a beauty routine that involve everything from brushing or combing hair, to applying moisturizer, sunscreen, and makeup. For whatever reason, however, while applying eye makeup may be a consistent part of people’s lives they don’t think as much about good eye hygiene or eye health.
This is a mistake that can lead to serious consequences including irritation, infection, and even vision loss.
To help you understand the importance of daily eye cleansing with a product that is specifically formulated to be non-irritating and gentle in that most sensitive of facial areas we have put together this list:
1 – Disease Prevention
The number one reason to use an eyelid cleanser is disease prevention. Your eyes are an important and complex organ that are subject to a number of threats to their health. Many of these are related to poor eye hygiene. The National Institutes of Health warns that eye care professionals need to do a better job of letting people know that they are “at risk of disorders that include meibomian gland dysfunction, dry eye syndrome, anterior blepharitis, allergic and dermatological conditions, and disorders associated with contact lens use… [have] interacting pathologies that have inflammatory mediators as the central feature. Eyelid hygiene, in the sense of routine cleansing and massage of the eyelids, is well accepted in the management of many disorders of the eyelid.”
2 – Demodex Mites
Eyelid cleansers can prevent populations of Demodex mites from wreaking havoc on your eyelids and eyelashes. This is related to many of the eye disease issues. The tiny little arachnids that inhabit human eyelash hair follicles and the sebaceous glands associated with them can cause major issues for your eyes. They have a short lifespan, lasting only a couple of weeks, and save up all of the waste in their body until they die. At that time it is expelled. Most of the time this isn’t noticeable, but when the populations of Demodex mites (or eyelash mites as they are sometimes known) gets too big or when a person has an immune system response to the waste it can cause an infection that is associated with any one of a number of disorders, including demodex blepharitis and conjunctivitis.
3 – Remove Eye Makeup
Most cosmetic eyelid cleansers are a safe and effective way to remove makeup. Make sure that you clean your makeup off every night before you go to bed. The eye experts at Cliradex have this to say: “Sleeping with your makeup on, especially eyeliner and mascara, can allow bacteria to build up and make dry eye and blepharitis symptoms worse. Make sure you always completely remove eye makeup in the evening before going to bed to help keep your eyes clean and healthy.” (Source). Many facial cleansers are made with ingredients that are irritating to your eyes and may cause redness or burning.
Eyelid cleansers, however, like Cliradex, are formulated for use on the surfaces around your eyes and so are safe and gentle to use. Cliradex Light Foaming Cleanser is designed for your eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes but can also be a great cleanser for your whole face, which helps to uncomplicate your daily hygiene routine. Note that Cliradex is not in and of itself a makeup remover, but can be used to supplement the use of makeup removers.
4 – Instilling Good Habits in Children
Eye cleansing is a good habit to teach your children. Routine eyelid hygiene is as important as routine dental hygiene. This means cleaning your eyelids and eyelashes at least once a day and having regular visits to an eye doctor. Eye cleansers are gentle enough to use on small children with adult supervision and under a pediatrician’s guidance. If your pediatrician or children’s eye doctor suggests that you wait, then you can use a warm, moist washcloth and gently massage the lid and eyelash area. This routine will teach your young ones the benefits of eye cleansing and encourage them to adopt this as a good lifelong habit.
5 – Irritation Relief
Eyelid cleansing can help to treat and relieve the symptoms of a number of eye diseases, disorders and irritations. These include conjunctivitis, blepharitis, and dry eye. Irritation can occur with any tiny bit of dirt or debris.
Blepharitis usually involves the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow and affect both upper and lower eyelids, according to the Mayo Clinic. When the sebaceous glands near the base of the eyelashes become clogged the eyes will become irritated and red. Demodex mites and other eye conditions can cause this to occur.
Conjunctivitis can be caused by a number of irritations to the eye and diseases as well, including Demodex mites, viruses or bacteria. In the case of viral or bacterial versions, it is highly contagious. All conjunctivitis causes severe irritation of the eye.
Cliradex is specially formulated to clean away Demodex mites. It is a preservative-free, natural eyelid cleanser that is 100% vegan and gluten-free for safe and soothing results.