Dermatology

Brighten Up Your Eyes

Skin on your eyelids is among the thinnest skin on your body. As such, this skin requires special care and has different requirements compared skin elsewhere.

Keep Your Eyelids Clean

Many of us wear makeup throughout the day, and it is important to make sure that this is removed completely with an effective makeup remover or cleanser. Makeup, dirt and debris that remains after your day can irritate and inflame the delicate skin of your eyelids if left on for prolonged periods of time. Take a few moments to cleanse and refresh the skin of your eyelids.

Watch Your Sodium

Excess salt intake causes fluid retention everywhere, including our eyelids. Your eyelids might appear puffy and swollen after eating a meal that has high amounts of sodium. Be aware of this when you go out for meals or if eating large amounts of processed foods.

Get Plenty of Rest

We’ve all experienced the appearance of fatigue that shows up after a poor night’s sleep. Our eyes appear dull, irritated, and might develop dark circles. And just as the rest of our body needs to recover during those essential hours of sleep, so too does the skin of our eyelids. This is their time to recover, regenerate, and prepare for the days ahead.

Select an Eye Cream that is Appropriate and Effective for Your Skin Type

Are your eyelids dry, oily, crepey, or puffy? Do you have dark circles? There are many wonderful options of eye creams that can specifically target these issues. For example, retinol-containing eye creams can strengthen the skin around the eyes, while those that contain caffeine help eliminate puffiness and swelling. There are many different formulations of eye creams ranging from light gels to more robust creams, so choose one that feels like a perfect fit for your particular skin. A few of my favorites are Neocutis Lumiere Riche and Obagi Elastiderm.

Protect Your Eyelids from Sun Damage

As a skin cancer specialist, I see many skin cancers on eyelids. This is an area that is often neglected with sunscreen application. Sun damage thins and strains the delicate skin of the eyelids and can lead to excess pigmentation. Choose a sunscreen that will be nonirritating to this sensitive skin and wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection when you are outside or driving in the car. EltaMD is one of my favorite brands as it is a very gentle but effective broad-spectrum sunscreen that does not sting or irritate the eyes.

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