If there’s something we cannot control fully in life, it’s that every day we grow older. And while most people, such as myself, don’t fear much about aging, it doesn’t mean that we should be letting the wrinkles, the eye bags, and the sagging skin win.
I always was a skincare fanatic. It comes with my love and passion for all things beauty to embrace every other thing that’s related to making myself look and feel more confident and pretty. However, no matter how early I started my skincare regimen, somehow there are still parts of my face and body that can’t help but show signs of aging. To be specific, not only do I battle with crow’s feet and bits of wrinkles here and there, but I’m also fighting against dry under eyes.
So today, I’ve decided to talk about everything there is to know about dry under eyes, along with continuing my passion for sharing different beauty tips for all the women out there.
Let’s talk under the eyes.
Why Do We Get Dry Under Our Eyes?
There are quite a few reasons for dry under eyes, and each cause may vary from person to person. For most people, the main causes are usually the change of climate and then, of course, there’s aging. But these two culprits are not the only thing affecting other people, so below are four other reasons that are causing the dryness under your eyes.
Eczema is a skin condition that causes skin dryness, inflammation, itchiness, redness, and cracking. This chronic condition recurs over time, which means it requires continues treatment and care. While eczema can affect any part of your body, it often affects the area around the eyes. The reason behind this is because the condition commonly appears where there is folding of the skin. Since the area surrounding our eyes are extremely delicate and often has a lot of folds, eye eczema is a common condition.
Eye eczema, like any other, usually worsens because of certain irritants or triggers. Often, rubbing an irritated area will cause flare-ups and can end up looking red and feeling itchy and dry. Certain food, weather condition, as well as stress or anxiety also contribute to eczema flare-ups.
In general, contact dermatitis is a condition where certain external irritants, such as shampoo or makeup, causes the area to react to different forms like redness, itching, and dryness. Usually, the irritant contains harsh chemicals which irritate the area of skin, drying it out, and eventually causing it to flake. This type of condition is common around the eye area and is known as eyelid dermatitis. And since the skin around the eyes is extremely thin and delicate, the area is prone to irritation and allergic reactions.
Another potential cause to dry under eyes is the condition we call psoriasis. Although psoriasis can also affect other parts of the body, facial psoriasis can be more tricky to address and treat since the skin is thinner and more sensitive. Facial psoriasis can be the culprit for your dryness if your eyes are dry, inflamed, irritated and your eyelids start to get scales, turn red, and look crusty. Apart from affecting your eyelids and your actual eyes, facial psoriasis can also affect your eyelashes which eventually makes them turn upward or downward.
Blepharitis, also known as eyelid inflammation, is a common condition that usually results in sore eyes, red eyelids, as well as crusty eyelashes. It also affects your tear production which leads to further dryness in the skin surrounding the eyes. Some of the causes of blepharitis include bacterial infection, dry eyes, fungal infection as well as parasites. It is also often associated with psoriasis and eczema.
How Do We Treat Dryness Under Eyes?
Now that you are more familiar with the different reasons behind dry under eyes, let’s focus on treatments. of course, before we treat something, it’s always best if we try hard to prevent it from ever happening in the first place.
Here are some prevention tips for dry under eyes.
Assess Your Current Products Or Regimen
Us ladies and some men around the world are devoted to using countless beauty and hygiene products on a daily. While this is great and all, having an endless selection of products is useless if you don’t know what you’re putting on your skin exactly. So, the first step to preventing dry under eyes as well as other skin conditions is to assess the things that you’re currently using on your face.
Sometimes, your dryness condition may come and go, so it’s crucial that you are well aware of the products you use as well as your current skin condition. Monitor your skin while using a product, especially if you are testing out a new one, and try to take note of certain changes, if any. Generally, a skin care product needs to last in your regimen for about six months before you see changes or not, so keep an eye out for anything.
Maintain A Daily Skin Care Routine
Sticking to your daily skincare routine is always a plus, especially if the products you are using is working extremely well. Also, going with an already solid regimen increases your chances of preventing any skin condition caused by irritants.
Avoid Or Reduce Stress
While we can’t always control external factors, we can always try to contain ourselves. Stress is a huge factor that affects our whole bodies, and it’s especially negative towards super-sensitive areas of our skin like our under eyes. In general, try to avoid or at least reduce the amount of stress you expose yourself into to prevent stress-related irritation and inflammation. While we’re at the subject, stress can also be physical, so make sure to use as little pressure as you can when doing your skin care and makeup.
Enhance Your Diet
A healthy body makes for healthy and younger-looking skin, so considering your diet is a huge factor in preventing skin conditions such as dryness and irritation. Supercharge your diet with antioxidants, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
Also, try to avoid processed food, sugary drinks, as well as refined carbohydrates. Along with your skincare regimen, an excellent diet will do wonders for your skin.
Visit A Professional Regularly
Along with all other prevention methods, going to see a professional doctor such as a dermatologist or an ophthalmologist can greatly ensure that you are doing your skincare right. If you ever experience a skin problem despite changing nothing in your regimen or eating something, it’s best to see a medical professional immediately.
What To Look For In Under Eye Products
For treatments, there is a wide variety of eye products you can choose from when dealing with dry under eyes. You’re going to want to look for hydrating or healing products that can take care of your pesky dry patches around your eye area and keep it looking fresh, smooth, and healthy looking.
When it comes to ingredients, you need to look out for simple, moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerine, squalene, antioxidants, and aloe vera. These key ingredients are excellent at hydrating the thin and gentle skin around your eyes while locking in the moisture to maintain the hydration.
To help you out, here are a couple of tips when looking for the best under eye product for you.
Opt For Tiny
You may already have a moisturizer lying around, but your big tub of regular moisturizing cream won’t do it for your face, especially for your under eyes. Also, since you’ll need only a tiny amount every time, you wouldn’t need to go for the extremely large jar or tube of cream.
Along with all the good ingredients I already talked about above, make sure to avoid irritants in your eye cream such as heavy fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and other harmful chemicals. I can’t stress enough how delicate the skin around our eyes is, so makes sure to go for a gentle but effective formula. A good product with a simple formula is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Gel Eye Cream which is noncomedogenic and is free of any oils, dyes, or fragrances.
AM Or PM
Another important factor when choosing your eye cream is whether the formulation is best suited for morning or evening use. During the daytime, you’d want an eye cream that’s lightweight while a more rich, luxurious formula will work best during nighttime. However, you can also search for a morning and night eye gel such as the Baebody Eye Gel so you can save on some coins.
DIY fix Your Dryness Under Eyes
Now if you’re on a tight budget or you want a more natural and eco-friendly solution to your dry under eyes, here are a few DIY concoctions you can try.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera contains hydrating, moisturizing, and calming properties that are beneficial to any dry or irritated skin. You’ll only need about a tablespoon of fresh aloe vera pulp or gel and gently massage it around your eyes. Leave the gel or pulp on overnight and make sure to wash it completely off the following day. If Aloe Vera works good for you, you can repeat this step every night.
Almond oil is a great emollient with moisturizing and healing properties. It is extremely beneficial in managing dry skin, eczema, and even psoriasis. Take about a few drops of almond oil, make sure it doesn’t contain any preservatives, and gently massage it around your eyes.
Vitamin E is a known antioxidant, and it has a wide array of skin and health benefits including an increase in collagen production, anti-aging properties, and even in the reduction of dark under eye circles. All you’ll need is at least two vitamin E capsules, extract the oil, and massage it on the under eye area.
Glycerin is a common ingredient in most moisturizing products, but if you already have access to glycerine itself, you can use it to manage dryness on your skin and keep it hydrated. Take only a few drops of glycerine on some cotton pads and place the moisten pads on your eyes. Leave them on for around five minutes, remove the pads, and let the glycerin sit on your skin overnight.
A quick, easy, and affordable option in treating dry under eyes is to use a small amount of petroleum jelly, massage it around the eye area, and leave it on overnight. The next morning, remove the product with lukewarm water and repeat the process as you like.
Green tea also has a vast amount of skin and health benefits including skin renewal and rejuvenating. If you already like to drink green tea at home, don’t throw the bags out just yet.
HoneyHoney is another ingredient with extremely moisturizing properties. It’s also an excellent emollient and humectant, so it’s perfect for dry and irritated skin. However, make sure to use only organic honey and take them off after fifteen to twenty minutes. You can also use the honey on your lips while you’re at it.
Olive OilOlive oil is another common beauty DIY ingredient thanks to its anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and healing properties. All you’ll need is a few drops of cold pressed olive oil, massage it around your eyes and leave it overnight.
Rose WaterWhether you want to make use of your roses in the garden or you already have rosewater lying around your house, using this mixture will rejuvenate your skin and reduces redness, puffiness, and inflammation. Soak two cotton pads in two tablespoons of rose water and leave them on your eyes for about twenty minutes.
Also, A Few Makeup TipsMakeup can be a contributing factor to dry under eyes. However, if that’s not the case and you still want to put on your makeup, here are a couple of tips to help you look pretty and youthful.
Stick To Liquids And CreamsWhen choosing a type of product for your face and eyes, it’s important that it will not accentuate your existing problem areas and instead highlight your best features. In the case of having dry under eyes, make sure to prep your skin first with your eye gel or cream and follow with a liquid or cream type product for coverage such as foundation or concealer.
Skip The Powder
Although powder helps lock in your cream or liquid products, it will accentuate your dry under eyes badly.
You can still lightly set the rest of your face with loose or pressed powder, but perhaps skip the area around and under your eyes.
Mist Your Face
If you do choose to powder your face, spritz your face with a hydrating setting spray to bring back your skin’s natural finish.
Before I Go
Having dry under eyes can be a struggle, but there are many ways you can manage it and make it work. If an irritant or allergy is the main cause of the dryness, make sure to treat the area first or consult a professional before using any eye product to prevent product contamination or further irritation.