There are countless, frustrating ways in which seemingly minor characteristics and conditions can create limitations that the market simply (and often surprisingly) doesn’t recognize. Anyone who has never encountered a brand they really like but that doesn’t accommodate their skin tone, complexion, etc. is lucky indeed. Among these characteristics and conditions are sensitive skin and eyes. And in many cases, qualifying skin and eye sensitivity as “minor” is a major misnomer.
Reactions to harmful synthetic chemicals or components that act as irritants range from low-level discomfort and swelling to more significant side effects. That’s why it’s so gratifying to find out there actually are brands out there for women who’d at least like the option of being able to use eyeliner, mascara, or fake eyelashes without discomfort—and without having to worry about what’s in the products.
If you have sensitive skin or eyes and have ever had to deal with irritating eye makeup, or, reasonably, if you’d just like to know some common irritants and ingredients to avoid, read on.
What to Avoid
Unfortunately, if a brand doesn’t advertise loud and proud that they’re without certain known harmful or irritating substances, there’s a decent chance these ingredients are lurking in their formulas. So, if you’re searching for eyeliner or mascara for sensitive eyes, make sure you look into the company that’s creating it, so you’re sure to buy from a brand that prioritizes safe products. Here are some common irritants to avoid:
Latex is an undeniably versatile substance that functions well for those who have no allergies or sensitivities to it. However, for those who do have sensitivities to it, which is not uncommon, and especially allergies, it can cause irritation. It can also cause aggravation for those with sensitive eyes, so it’s best to avoid any eyelash glues with latex altogether if your eyes are sensitive.
Parabens are mildly acidic chemical compounds that are used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They can irritate the skin and research has also suggested they may disrupt hormone function, causing health issues. It’s best to avoid parabens in makeup and to ensure that the brand you’re purchasing from proudly advertises that they use paraben-free formulas for their products.
Sulfates are commonly employed as cleansing agents to remove dirt and oil. They are the agent responsible for creating lather in products such as shampoos and soaps. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a common sulfate-based ingredient found in personal care products, which can cause mild to more substantial irritation to the skin and eyes and may also dry out the skin.
If you’re looking for eyelash glue for fake lashes and mascara or eyeliner for sensitive eyes, keep those eyes open for eye makeup formulated to be free of latex, parabens, and sulfates. Because you, like every woman, deserve to look and feel beautiful without irritation.
About Thrive Causemetics
Thrive Causemetics is committed to producing 100% cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics, accentuating beauty inside and out for women all over the world. As part of this commitment to the philosophy that beauty is far more than skin deep, Thrive Causemetics only creates paraben- and sulfate-free products. And due to their Beauty with a Purpose™ mission, for every product purchased, they donate to help a woman thrive. All of their high-quality cosmetics, including lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, and CC cream, have been developed at the Thrive Lab in Los Angeles to ensure that every product meets their strict health, safety, and quality standards. Thrive Causemetics creates products that empower women.