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Optician told me not to wear foundation as eyes are getting irritated - help!
I was at the optician today and when he was checking my eyes he said he could see that bits of my foundation were getting into them and causing irritation. He told me I should stop wearing it. Apparently it is sliding into my eyes from other bits of my face or being transferred by rubbing etc. I have had a lot of eye checks over the years due to an ongoing condition but have never been told this before.
When I thought about it, I realised that I do notice my eyes watering more if I have make up on. I don’t ever wear eye make up (even mascara) as my eyes are so sensitive but I do wear light foundation most days as I have blotchy skin and it evens it out. So for vanity’s sake I’m reluctant to not wear any but obviously will stop if I have to!
Just wondering if a different type of foundation might be better, either one that’s hypoallergenic or a more liquid format. I currently use a Maybelline mousse one which is quite chalky and powdery. Or I sometimes wear a tinted moisturiser instead so maybe would be best to stick to that? I'm pretty clueless about make up and skincare I'd be grateful for suggestions or recommendations for what to try.
Could you put on a little bit of self-tan once a week instead of wearing foundation? I sometimes do that in the summer as I want to be able to wear a high SPF sun cream and obviously it doesn't really mix with foundation, but it might work for your situation if you build it up gradually so it doesn't look extreme.
I find it's the spf moisturiser I use rather than the foundation or the mascara which was the cause of my irritated/watery eyes. As it's winter I'm skipping the spf and my Eyes are much calmer. Are you sure it's your foundation?
I really appreciate all the suggestions, lots of things to try! I'm pretty sure it is the foundation and not moisturiser but I'll start paying more attention to how bad my eyes are and when so I can work out exactly what the problem is. Will compare ingredients too.
I have allergic conjunctivitis and my optician couldn't work out what was causing it to flare up - I don't wear make up every day and we have no fluffy pets. I changed foundation about 6 months ago and have noticed that I don't have itchy eyes quite so frequently so it could be the ingredients in the foundation are different. I now use Chanel Les Beiges but used to use L'Oreal True Match.
I get this if I wear moisturiser under my foundation / use a moisture rich foundation. I use a primer for oily skin (Mister Mat) and Bobbi Brown skin foundation which isn't particularly moisture rich (traditional type of foundation) and I don't put it on my eyelids / under my eyebrows and then I'm ok.
I wouldn't put foundation so close to my eyes anyway - nothing on the lids, nothing directly applied to my undereye area, just blend the product that's on your cheeks upwards. A proper undereye concealer won't migrate (Nars and Bourjois Healthy Mix are both good). It does sound like you're not head over heels in love with your foundation so maybe switch brands?