Dry skin is no fun to deal with wherever it crops up. When it happens under the eye, it can be especially bothersome. Not only does it make us look tired, it also can cause concealers and make up to cake.
What causes dry skin under the eyes?
The skin under our eye is thinner and more delicate than on other parts of the body. This also means that it is not as able to retain moisture and is more susceptible to drying out. This can lead to flaky skin which can become itchy, irritated, red, and discoloured. Chronic dry skin can also affect elasticity which can lead to early fine lines and wrinkles. The good news though is that we can manage this and prevent it from happening again.
How to treat and care for dry skin under our eyes?
Start by simplifying your beauty routine. The right products along with consistent cleansing and hydrating goes a long way.
1. Avoid harsh products
Overuse and overzealous regular use of cleansers and skincare products such as scrubs, deep cleansers and peels that contain harsh chemicals or alcohol can seriously dry out your skin. The skin around your eye is especially susceptible to this.
2. Be consistent
Make a habit of washing your face once in the morning and once at night. Switch to a mild or soap free facial cleanser and use gentle strokes with lukewarm water instead of hot water. Lightly dab your moisturizer or eye cream onto the sensitive eye area. Also, it is especially important to remove makeup before going to bed.
3. Reduce oxidative stress to your skin
This includes reducing the booze and the tobacco, protecting your skin against the harsh effects of ultraviolet rays (UV). Other lifestyle factors changes you can make include not rubbing beneath your eyes, using only lukewarm water on your face, avoid reapplying under-eye makeup too often and always using clean makeup brushes.
4. Look after your diet
Adequate hydration is essential for health. It is also a good countermeasure against dry skin. Make sure you get enough antioxidant-rich foods and avoid overly processed foods, refined carbohydrates and soda drinks.
These are some measures that can help us delay the onset of fine lines and devitalized looking eyes. A skincare routine that is easy to commit to in the morning and night will treat existing dry skin and prevent it from tipping over to becoming a chronic issue.
If it does not improve however, it is important to speak to your doctor. Get it looked at to rule out any underlying medical issue, and to seek advice regarding more heavy duty measures such as polynucleotide, hyaluronic acid injectables or fillers that the doctors may advise to help with it.