Dry Skin Around the Eyes
Dry skin around your eyes not only feels uncomfortable, it’s also especially noticeable. Wrinkles and dark circles become more prominent, crepey skin texture is exaggerated. Dry skin around the eyes can happen no matter your age or skin type, so let’s explore why this happens and, more important, what you can do about it.
What Causes Dry Skin Around Eyes and Eyelids?
The primary reason the eye area can be dry is that it has very few active oil glands, so it doesn’t have any natural ability to keep skin moist and glowing.
Using drying cleansers or drying makeup removers over the eye area depletes what little moisture you have around the eye area, causing extreme dryness, especially if you’re using these kinds of products daily.
Using skin care products with sensitizing ingredients, especially fragrance (synthetic or natural) will aggravate skin on the face, but especially the skin around the eye area.
Makeup products that are difficult to take off and require a lot of effort to remove can be hard on the delicate skin of the eye area, causing dryness and redness.
Sun damage is another major reason skin around the eyes can become dry, look more wrinkled, and make dark circles appear more obvious.
Some medical conditions can be a source of eye-area dryness. If you notice that the dryness around your eyes is chronic and recurring, it could be the result of an underlying health issue, so consulting your physician would be best.
What to Do About Dry Cracked Skin Under Eyes
The first and most important step in taking care of dry skin around your eyes is to use gentle, soothing skin care products, especially cleansers and makeup removers.
A well-formulated moisturizer for the eye area is fundamental to having smooth, hydrated, brighter skin. As shocking as it might sound, these essential products for the eye area don’t necessarily have to be labeled as “eye creams.” Regardless of the name on the label, the dry skin treatment must provide essential ingredients that calm, replenish, hydrate, and brighten plus antioxidants to fight environmental damage,
For a targeted approach to the skin around the eyes, you may also consider a rich, emollient balm that targets dry cracked skin under eyes and is excellent for nighttime use. For dry skin under eyes causing wrinkles, an eye cream specially formulated with anti-aging ingredients is ideal. How to soothe irritated skin around eyes? Seeking out an eye moisturizer loaded with nourishing omega fatty acids and ceramides that calms the eye area and reinforces skin's moisture barrier.
Don’t forget to use sunscreen each morning! This is a critically important step to protecting the delicate eye area. Some people have sensitivities to synthetic sunscreen active ingredients, so choosing a gentle, mineral-based sunscreen is best.
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Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, February 2017, ePublication
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Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419
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