Real Talk: Should You Be Using Clean Mascara?

If there’s one thing we can all unanimously agree on, it’s that mascara is a desert island product—whether you typically rock a full face of makeup or not. And while for many people the goal is to find a mascara that can nail volume, separation, and a strong curl, it turns out that the ingredients that go into your mascara are even more important than the results themselves as mascara can affect your health.

According to Dr. Azza Halim, a board-certified physician based in Florida, it’s especially important for your mascaras to be clean, non-toxic, and free of harmful chemicals. The reason? Research has found that your eyes actually can absorb what you put on it, and using mascaras formulated with harmful ingredients can put our bodies at risk for certain health issues.

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