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Eye Products

By Cynthia Bailey MD. This page was updated on Fri, Oct 11, 2019

The best hypoallergenic dermatologist-recommended products for skin around your eyes.

Delicate eye area skin requires special care, even relative to the skin care used on rest of your face.

The appearance of your eye area skin is also very important. Your eyes are expressive and complexly integral to how you communicate with the world.

“The Eyes are the window to your soul”. William Shakespeare

Eye makeup and eyelid skin care is a priority for many. This small portion of our skin gets a lot of attention. Skin problems such as undereye circles, hyperpigmentation, puffiness and crow’s feet are popular questions that patients have asked me about for over 30 years in my dermatology practice. At the makeup counter, the abundance of eye makeup products tells the same story. I know many people who don’t feel comfortable leaving the house without putting on eye makeup.
The bottom line is that eyes are really important, and from a dermatologist’s perspective, so is the eye area skin and skin care. Eyelid skin is also unique, sensitive and requires special care.

2 reasons why eyelid skin sensitive?

  1. Skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your body. This means the barrier integrity is more permeable than other areas of your skin. Irritating ingredients and allergens will penetrate eyelid skin readily.
  2. The upper eyelid fold creates a concentrating effect of product ingredients – for better or worse – often manifesting any product intolerance even at low exposure concentrations. Irritating ingredients found in acne products or anti-aging products often irritate the skin of the upper eyelid fold even when they are tolerated by other parts of the face.

The other important consideration with the eye area skin care products is the ability of products to migrate into the eyes, causing eye irritation.

This is a commonly experienced problem with chemical sunscreens. Have you experienced stinging when your sunscreen runs into your eyes when you swim or sweat?
For all of these reasons, eye area products need to be hypoallergenic, non-irritating and specially formulated for use near the eyes. This applies to eye creams, eye makeup, anti-aging products and sunscreens especially. Products used on your eyelid skin should be well tolerated, gentle and enhance the appearance of your eyes – because, “(Your) eyes are the window to your soul.”