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Apparently, applying make-up on the tube is really bad for us

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Deborah Cicurel
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If you're anything like us, we're guessing that you press snooze about seven times each morning, frantically scramble around for clothes and sprint to the tube, just about making it onto the carriage without being crushed between the heavy duty doors.

Thank goodness, therefore, for those precious minutes on the train (when you're not being crammed into a stranger's armpit), when you can finally take a deep breath and prepare your game face for the day ahead with lots of bronzer, mascara, lipgloss and other lovely handbag essentials.

Except according to experts quote this week, women should not apply their make-up on the train. Apparently, we could risk scratching our corneas due to sudden jolts, while poor hygiene could also lead to "unpleasant infections". 

Dr Susan Blakeney, clinical adviser to the College of Optometrists, spoke ahead of National Eye Health Week, saying: “Talking about good make-up hygiene and habits may seem trivial, but we’re keen to encourage people to take some simple steps, such as hand-washing and taking notice of expiry information, that may help minimise potential risks to eye health.

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“The human eye is pretty resilient, but poor hygiene can lead to unpleasant infections. And the modern-day phenomenon of applying make-up on the journey to work undoubtedly increases the risk of scratching your cornea. This may not only lead to discomfort, but may also put the cornea at greater risk of infection”.

While we have to say that we don't feel our hasty application of mascara is any more perilous on the tube than surrounded by screaming children/warring pets/other home-specific hazards, it seems that the research speaks volumes - and not just about our train-based habits.

A survey of UK make-up users by the College of Optometrists revealed that over half of us don’t check the instructions to see how long we should keep our mascara - and nearly 20% of us are actually unaware that mascaras expire at all.

Despite knowing deep-down that it would probably be better for our eyes - and our sense of inner calm - to get up twenty minutes earlier and apply a beautiful face of make-up while at home, we also firmly believe in two things.

One: the hideous sweatiness of the tube means that no matter how glam we look before getting on the carriage, we'll look like a drenched panda by the time we actually reach work. Why not limit the time during which your carefully-applied make-up can all go horribly wrong? 

Two: those extra minutes in bed are the most precious moments of our day. Those blissful moments of stolen sleep might even be worth the risk we run of hurting our precious peepers. 

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Deborah Cicurel

Deborah Cicurel is a freelance journalist who writes about everything from lifestyle and travel to fashion and entertainment. She loves spicy maki rolls, cosy socks and visiting far-flung destinations, and is unable to walk past a dog on the street without stopping to befriend it.

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