Your eyelids are the shades for your eyes.

They help protect them from light.

They wash away dirt and irritants with every blink.

The skin under our eyes is much drier than anywhere else on the face, it contains fewer oil glands and it is less able to retain moisture, leaving it vulnerable to drying out.

WHY WE GET DRY EYES

Dry skin around the eyes isn’t pretty,

Yet our eyes are the first thing that people notice about us, so keeping this area plump and healthy is key.

Pinpointing the exact reason isn’t simple, as many things can cause symptoms to appear.

But if you consider all the daily assaults our eyes get bombard with, it’s no wonder.

  • UV rays
  • Pollution
  • Mascara
  • Kohl pencils
  • Eye shadow
  • Contact lenses
  • Makeup remover
  • Irritants in cosmetics
  • Harsh cleansers

Whatever the cause may be, you need to take action.

Carefully treating the delicate skin around your eyes with the right techniques, will repair and restore them, helping you to maintain a soft, healthy looking complexion.

TREATING DRY SKIN AROUND THE EYES

Treating this area is an intricate process.

  • Use an eye cream daily, one that contains an SPF of 30 or above
  • Use a gentle alcohol free eye makeup remover, to prepare your skin for cleansing
  • Avoid using products that stretch the skin upon removal, such as waterproof mascara
  • Dry skin around the eyes may mean that you are susceptible to allergies, to reduce your risk of an allergic reactions use hypoallergenic make up, as they contain fewer chemicals
  • Avoid using eye products that require you to use your fingers for applying them, this will cause bacteria to multiply in the product, which can lead to eye infections
  • Wear your sunnies; constant exposure to the UV rays can really damage the tissue, drying it out and weakening the elastin fibres that keep our eyelids taut
  • Underlying fatty tissue around the eyes acts as a cushion for the eyeball, as we age this starts to deplete, anti-ageing serums and eye creams will help to protect against the visible signs of ageing

MAKEUP REMOVAL TIPS

Want to know how to remove make up without causing dry skin around the eyes, then follow these professional tips:

  • Q-tips are great for gently removing excess make up from the base of the lashes. They won’t drag the skin and cause permanent damage. If you use cotton wool make sure it is free of rough particles
  • Saturate a cotton pad in eye makeup remover and then vertically roll the pad from eyebrow to lash line, until the make up is removed
  • The same technique can be applied under the eyes, horizontally rolling from the outer corner to the bridge of the nose, this will help to prevent stretching the skins delicate tissue
  • Supplement your diet with essential fatty acids, which will help to keep your skin lovely and moisturised from within
It is important to implement a regular skincare routine, don’t wait for your eyes to get dry and sore before treating them.

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