Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger Sheela Goh: I Love My Eyes, I Really Do.
I Love My Eyes, I Really Do
Published by Sheela Goh
For several reasons. One, the steroids I take on a daily basis to keep my skin disorders at bay only serve to exacerbate my chronic dry eye syndrome (oh the joys of being a woman in the state of menopause). In addition, being on Plaquenil for SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) increases my risk for ocular toxicity namely retinopathy, making me even more (paranoid) conscientious when it comes to the health and well-being of my eyes.
As you can imagine, the green element plays a vital role in determining the types of eye products I invest in, particularly when it comes to cleansing.
In the past, I was oblivious to how many products contained harmful ingredients and couldn’t fathom, for instance, why my eyes were red, burning even after being cleansed with a leading luxury (but non organic) brand product. I simply chalked it down to having let slip some of the lotion/cleanser/liquid into my eyes, causing the stinging, and made mental notes to be extra diligent in the future. Yet such unpleasantness would recur, over and over and yet over again. It finally dawned on me that it wasn’t my inept cleansing skills (ahem, I’m quite the klutz so this was something I was very quick to believe in at first) but rather the product itself which was causing all the discomfort and pain. Once I’d accepted that, I knew I had to look around for clean, non toxic, allergy-free, organic, green products that wouldn’t only do the job but also be healthier and smarter choices for my eyes.
There are quite a few options currently available in the market but a serendipitous moment led to my “meeting” Tanya Gill, an optometrist, on Instagram. Having 15 years of experience treating patients at her private practice in Oakland, California, she’s has seen her fair share of various eye conditions. And when it dawned upon her that perhaps, just maybe, it was the bevy of existing eye makeup removers as well as cleansers that were causing the symptoms her patients were complaining of, it was a true eureka moment which led to the birth of the We Love Eyes line.
I have to confess that I was skeptical. The other vegan, natural, non toxic products I’d used before? None of them had been all that effective, you see, but I told Tania I’d try them. I did. And now, I’d like to talk to you about them :)
First up is the Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Cleansing Oil ($26 for a 30ml bottle).
That Tea Tree scent? It grows on you, doesn’t it? It certainly did on me, and, I feel certain, it calmed me a lot. It was (blissfully) unexpected. I wasn’t very adept with the application of this product at first and splashed much too much on my lashes (I prefer to use cleansing cloths instead of cotton tips because the latter tend to shed on my lashes) but here’s the thing, nothing hurt. Despite my klutzy skills, my eyes weren’t in the least bit hurt by the oil and that was epic. After removing the oil, I started all over, this time following instructions to the letter, and I can say with utter relish that this. product. works. beautifully. The higher concentration of Tea Tree Oil in this charmer is so perfect for my (old lady mature eyes) Dry Eye Syndrome. Just don’t do what I did. A little goes a very long way and does the job most wondrously be your lids be made up or otherwise. I reserve this for days when I feel they need a little extra care, deeper cleansing.
I put this one to the test, I did. I applied 10, yes 10, coats of Waterproof Mascara in the morning and in the evening, I used this to see if it would work in removing all that gunk.
AND IT DID.
Granted it took three rounds but this miracle in a bottle removed every single bit of stiff, dried, waterproof mascara goo, without causing any pain or irritation whatsoever. I used it on my eyelids too and they were smooth and clean, silky even after using this heavenly concoction fashioned from oils of Jojoba, Grape Seed and Tea Tree. All organic, but of course. This is perfect for my everyday use because I use waterproof mascara every single day. I sweat profusely (read: dripping as though I got caught in the rain, thank you, menopause) and when I’m working out, I’m literally drenched ergo the waterproofing of the mascara :)
And finally, my personal favourite, the Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Foaming Cleanser ($28 for a 40ml canister).
I would marry this thing in the blink of an eye.
Just shake and dispense two pumps onto the tips of your cleansed hands, rub gently across your lids (contact lenses off first, please), and let the magic begin. I’ve become rather addicted to this foaming cleanser and have used it on days with makeup on full tilt as well as days when I’ve gone au naturel. It’s simply such an essential item to have in your beauty kit.
I can’t stress enough how cleansed and fresh my eyes felt after using even only one of these three products. True, the nature of its formulation makes this line particularly appealing for those of us with sensitive eyes and/or dry eye syndrome but I’ll say this, it’s equally suitable for those in search of safe, organic, cruelty-preservative-paraben-fragrance-toxic-free, allergy tested, all natural cleansing products for healthy eyes. Vegan, too.
To try them out for yourself, use code sheela for 10% OFF, click here to shop :)
p/s tell me how they worked for you!!
About the author: Sheela Goh
version 2.0 (the original just didn’t cut it anymore)
I started writing when I was 7. Writing and designing fashion. Somewhere along the way, I dropped the design bit and continued penning my thoughts. I thought I’d be the next Tolkien or Blyton or Christie, I truly did. But writing for others is very different from writing for oneself from the heart. It was stifling and frustrating, to say the least, but as a single mother, it was what fed us.
The problem with being commissioned to develop pieces for other people, in their voices, for over 15 years, is that it led to my losing mine. I could no longer write. I simply could not hold onto a single genuine thought. Everything I produced was, well, fluffy. Not me, not my thoughts, not my voice. I abandoned all pretense in attempting to write and moved on. I was convinced it was simply not meant to be.
A little while back few weeks ago (13th September 2014, to be precise), a startling realisation came out of nowhere — I had to write again. I simply had to, in order to feel that I had (finally) accomplished something worthwhile. That I myself was worth something. I can’t explain it.
I started blogging again. I joined a community of like-minded journal-keepers and inserted myself into a roomful of writers. I made time for reading (hello there, old friends) and started playing catch-up with news-related websites. I wrote.
I have never been happier.
I have never felt more alive.
And I have never ever felt more inspired to write.
(in the “real” world, I conceptualise and execute PR & Branding strategies, and I write too)
Originally published on October 16, 2015.