By BR Amelia
I am officially washing my pillow case daily. And I'm airing out my home as much as possible.
What's got me all extra with the cleaning?
This article from The Daily Mail.
We're not putting up the images, because, bleurgh. But in a nutshell a woman went to her doctor complaining of having itchy red eyes.
No biggie. Conjunctivitis is a thing. It happens.
EXCEPT on examination it was discovered that the woman had over 100 mites living in her eyelashes.
It turns out she hadn't changed her pillow in five years. The doctors also said lack of airflow would have contributed to the mites taking up residence in her eyelashes.
That poor woman. I feel for her. But I also had to know more. What are eyelash mites? Since when have they become a thing? And how have we not heard about them until now?
After a little googling I discovered it's not unusual for mites to reside on our faces and mostly we co-exist without issue - and if you want to fall into a geeky mites on faces hole, check out this BBC article (be warned you may feel fascinated and ill all at the same time) - but 100 mites in your eyelashes? No. Thank. You.
So what can we do to keep our lashes mite-free?
According to Consumer Health Digest prevention is key, and we can avoid a mite infestation with some very simple tips.
Firstly, cleanse daily. Let's just say I'll be paying closer attention to my eye area from now on.
Throw away old mascara and makeup (something we harp on about regularly).
And regularly clean and replace bedding and pillows.
Three easy steps to ensure you don't wake up one day with swollen, itchy, red mite-invested eyelashes.
So will you be stepping up your cleaning regime? Will you be buying a new pillow? Is your makeup stash about to get the biggest clean out ever? Get chatting!