I have a secret, terrible, habit: I sleep in my makeup. *cue the horror movie screams* I would love to say that I never sleep in my makeup, but that is a lie and it’s a common mistake a lot of makeup wearers do. When you’re tired, nothing matters more than belly flopping on your bed, and closing your eyes for sleep. But when you sleep in your makeup too much, it can lead to acne, and the worst thing I have experienced: styes.
Now, before you go judging me, I will say that I have learned that eye makeup isn’t the only thing that clogged my eyelash ducts. Styes are formed when your lash ducts are clogged from dirt, grime, and other materials. Think of styes as an eye pimple. I found that not only was my makeup causing the styes, but so was the oils I used to clean off my makeup. In an attempt to use something more natural and conditioning for my lashes and eyes as a whole, I only added to the problem.
So, after talking to my optometrist about my stye problem, he encouraged me to pick up the OcuSoft Lid Scrub. I am forever thankful to that man. This scrub has saved my eyes from styes. Here’s a little product information:
“OCuSOFT Lid Scrun Original Eyelid Cleanser effectively removes oil, debris, pollen, and desquamated skin that may contribute to eye irritation.
For external use only. Wash hands and remove contact lenses prior to use.
Unfold pre-moistened pad and wrap over finger. Close eye and gently cleanse lid using side-to-side strokes. Do not touch eye directly. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat for other lid.
OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Original Contains:
Water, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate, Sodium Chloride, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Potassium Sorbate, PEG-15 Cocopolyamine”
I use the lid scrub whenever I wear eye makeup. Here is my eye makeup removal routine:
1. Use a natural oil (apricot kernel, sweet almond, or coconut) to remove bulk of eye makeup, including: eyeshadow, eyeliner (top), mascara, eyebrows.
2. Using a clean Q-Tip, I remove the eyeliner on my waterline.
3. Open up 1 (one) lid scrub packet and unfold it. Directions say to place over finger; sometimes I do that, some times I don’t.
4. Using the front of the pad, I remove any and all residue from my right eye, making sure I remove everything from my lashes where styes form.
5. I flip to the back of the pad, and repeat Step 3 to my left eye.
6. With a warm face towel, I rinse my eyes thoroughly to remove any other debris and pat my eyes dry gently with a paper towel.
7. To moisturize the area, I put a TINY amount of sweet almond oil under my eyes and on top of my lids. I make sure not to get it near my lash lines so that I do not cause styes.
I have found and purchased this lid scrub at Walmart in the pharmacy (it was located in the aisles in my Walmart), and OTC at Target. Depending on where you live, it’s cheaper at Walmart for about $10, compared to the $14 price tag at Target. If you have trouble with styes like I do, give this a shot. OCuSOFT also has a foam version of this scrub if you find the idea of an exfoliating pad to be too rough on the delicate eye area.
I hope you all have found this review helpful and informative. If you try it out, let me know how it works for you. Talk to you all soon!