It’s not fun to have sensitive eyes and skin and to experience redness, itching, and irritation every time the wind blows some dust your way. Then add makeup, which makes things even harder. Eye irritation is very common, and the things we use around our eyes can make it worse.
But as long as you follow the right practices for sensitive eyes, like using the right products and ingredients and washing your face well, you’re just a few steps away from enjoying makeup again.
Avoid Waterproof Make-up – Use Natural Instead
No matter how long you’re hanging out at the party, waterproof makeup does a great job of staying put, but it’s not the best choice for people who are easily irritated. It can be hard to get off and make you pull or rub too hard on your eyelids and lashes. The skin on your eyelids is 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, so even small amounts of swelling, redness, or irritation show up very easily. This is why it’s so important to keep your hands off your eyes as much as possible.
When you can, choose pigmented eye natural makeup that is made of gentle ingredients, minerals or cream-based. Particles are less likely to flake off and get into the eyes, which can happen with many powder-based products. Mineral eye shadows, as an example of eye natural makeup, are gentle on the skin around the eyes and won’t make it dry.
Minerals stick to oils, so if you have oily eyelids, mineral eye shadows can be helpful if you don’t want your eye shadow to wear off during the day. The oil-binding properties of pure mineral makeup mean that the natural oils your skin makes become a base for your makeup. This makes it easier to apply eye shadow and gives it a smoother finish.
Moreover, mineral eye shadows don’t contain any preservatives, fragrances or artificial colours which makes them ideal for those with sensitive skin types. They normally contain zinc or titanium, both of which can bring about a multitude of benefits.
Zinc oxide can help reduce inflammation and protect the skin from UV rays while Titanium dioxide can help reduce irritation and reflect light. When used together, these two minerals combine to make a gentle eye makeup that still looks great.
Clean up the Eye Area Daily
If you only remember one thing, remember this: Take off your makeup every night before bed. Don’t sleep in your eye makeup, because the tiny pieces can get into your eyes and cause irritation, scratches, and even infections. Make sure to wash the eyelids and eyelashes well as well.
Each day, bacteria, allergens, and pollution accumulate on our eyelids. This can make our eyes feel itchy, red, and dry. For the best results, experts say to gently clean around the eyes with a cleanser that kills bacteria and doesn’t dry out or irritate your skin. Also, if you use topical retinol as part of your beauty routine, be careful not to put it on the skin around your eyes, because it can dry out and irritate your eyes.
Avoid Harsh Exfoliators
When healthy skin is in the sun, it makes vitamin D. Just like eating a healthy balanced diet filled with nutrients, vitamin D is important for a lot of body functions. And while healthy skin isn’t absolutely perfect or free of wrinkles or acne, it’s your job to know the level of its sensitivity and treat it with the right ingredients every day.
If you have sensitive skin, using an exfoliator that is too rough can make your skin red and irritated right away. Even though you shouldn’t stop exfoliating altogether— it’s important to choose gentler versions to avoid skin flare-ups. Because both physical exfoliates (like scrubs) and chemical exfoliators (like acids) can be pretty rough on the skin, you can exfoliate without causing any problems by using gentler types less often. Lactic acid, for instance, is good for sensitive skin because it doesn’t get as deep into the skin as other acids do.
Use Sunscreen Daily
You probably haven’t used sunscreen under or over the eyes because it often leaves a white film or irritate your skin. However, this is one of the most important places to protect from the sun. It is important to protect extra those places where the skin is thin.
The skin around your eyes and on your lips is very thin and prone to sun damage. One of the most common places on the face where SPF isn’t used is under the eyes, and if you suffer from sensitive skin, talk to your doctor about whether or not you should spend a little extra and get one that is more natural and gentle on the skin.
Your eyelids and the skin under your eyes are very thin and sensitive to the sun. When putting on sunscreen, put a little extra on the back of your hand and rub it in gently, trying not to pull as much as you can.
Stock up on Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel is mostly water, with a few enzymes, minerals, amino acids, and vitamins added in. All of aloe vera’s benefits for the skin come from the fact that it has a number of active ingredients. So, aloin (barbaloin) is a substance that fights inflammation by acting as an antiseptic, a cleanser, and a soother. Allantoin is good for healing, calming, and reducing inflammation.
Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, and E, which are antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radicals. Also, the salicylic acid in aloe vera helps get rid of dead skin cells. One of the best things about this plant is that it can help reduce inflammation.
This can help make spots, pimples, and wrinkles look less noticeable plus it helps soothe skin that has been burned (when you forget about the sunscreen). Aloe vera is also great because it does not irritate the skin. It’s a good choice for any kind of skin, even skin that is sensitive or prone to acne.