A bargain ain’t a bargain unless it’s something you need. ~Sidney Carroll, American film and TV writer
You have to be a pretty good detective when you have sensitive skin … and allergies.
Makeup counters, laundry detergents, and even shopping can be perilous. No wonder, since skin is the largest organ we humans have (about 20 square feet in area!)
A couple of months ago, my left eyelid became red, itchy, and teary, so I called my ophthalmologist’s office for help. I was told to buy a bottle of tears for dry eye.
But that didn’t do the trick.
I did a bit of online research and started to wonder if this might be an allergic reaction.
Could the groomer have bathed Dallas in a new shampoo? Had a cosmetic formulation I was using changed? Had I been shopping and inadvertently touched something that someone wearing an unfamiliar hand lotion had? Had I accidentally rubbed my eye while I was asleep?
The list went on.
Gradually, my right eyelid became raw and red, too.
Surely this wasn’t “pinkeye”?
I consulted my dermatologist, who determined it to be some sort of irritation, probably due to cosmetics. She prescribed a medicated cream for 10 days and told me to stop using all makeup.
She advised me to gradually add stuff back week by week until I figured out what caused the problem. And to avoid it thereafter.
Now, I don’t think of myself as vain, but facing the world “naked” isn’t high on my list of fun things to do, so I racked my brain for a shortcut.
Suddenly, it dawned on me.
About that time, I’d bought a new brand of mascara (the only thing I’d used differently).
TV ads promised it would make my stubby eyelashes long and thick, like the models.
And it worked! Just one coat proved that I, too, could have lashes Out. To. There.
But at what price?
The medicated cream has cleared up my problem, along with tossing out the miracle mascara and returning to the tried-and-true.
I guess stubby eyelashes are better than having red, raw, itchy eyes, don’t you agree?