Face Shapes play a vital role in aesthetics & beauty. Working out your face shape type can be the first step in evaluating many things: which hairstyles will suit you, which spectacles & sunglasses will look good on you, how you should apply makeup, etc. In fact, understanding your face shape is the first step in understanding you. Once you know your face shape, you can rectify the deficiencies & aim for the best face shape by visually changing your face shape via hairstyles, makeup, glasses. The facial shape can also be changed by using non-surgical procedures like Botox treatment for masseter hypertrophy & filler injections for adding volume to certain areas of the face. Facial Shapes can also be changed by using cosmetic surgery procedures like VASER Liposuction of the face, chin implants & cheek implants.
There is truth in the adage that “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. Social norms decree that we look at the eyes when we interact. This makes sure that the eyes become central to first impressions in beauty & attraction. Wider, larger, baby like eyes make a person look younger & more attractive. Eye Makeup tends to try & enhance these features by outlining the eyes & making them stand out & appear wider. Treatments like Botox injections & blepharoplasty surgery work on the same premises of widening the eyes & removing eyelid bags & sagging. Appropriately applied eye make up enhances all facial features. However, eye make up must be removed effectively to prevent problems like dry eyes & eye infections.
Tears are formed by tiny glands that surround the eye. The tear film is comprised of three layers: a top-most oil layer, a middle water layer, and lower mucous layer (closest to the eye). The tear film lipid layer is the major barrier to evaporation of tears from the ocular surface. A decrease in its thickness or functional integrity may cause evaporative dry eyes. When the meibomian glands get blocked or do not function properly, the tear film is more likely to evaporate. In today’s world, with so much pollution and the rampant use of eye make up, these oil glands tend to get blocked easily & may be the major cause of dry eyes world over. The eye mascara (kaajal), eye shadow and eyeliner can all contribute to the dry eyes, by blocking the meibomian glands. The eyelids, when they blink, assist in the distribution and the replenishing of the tear film. So, when you look at the computer screen for a long period of time, the eyelids do not blink normally & the tear film is not replenished, leading to dry eyes (computer vision syndrome). This can contribute to dry, itchy, gritty and uncomfortable eyes. Thus, the eyelids play a very important role in maintaining the tear film & preventing dry eyes, by production of the tear lipid (oil) layer & by blinking. Dry Eyes can be prevented / treated with adequate lid hygiene (cleaning, applying dry heat & massaging), & relaxation of the eyes (by staring into the distance every 10 – 15 minutes & blinking regularly). Removal of eye make up adequately every night helps to prevent & control the dry eye syndrome.