Let me guess, your concealer is caking the *beep* out again and you’re just so done with it. Been there, done that! Dry skin is frustrating to deal with especially when it is acting up and causing your under eyes to peel. It doesn’t matter if you are using a concealer from The Seam or from Giorgio Armani, it just will not sit right if your skin is dry and flakey. You may be asking, “how to deal with dry under eyes then”. To understand how to fix dry under eyes, we will first have to understand what causes them in the first place.
What Causes Dry Under Eyes?
The skin under our eyes are thinner and more delicate as compared to those on other parts of our body. This characteristic causes the skin under our eyes to be unable to to retain moisture as well as other areas our body. The skin under our eyes is also more susceptible to drying out as compared to other parts of the body. When the skin is unable to retain an adequate amount of moisture, it can become flakey, itchy, irritated, red, and/or even discoloured.
Chronic dry skin can affect elasticity, which can in turn lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles at a younger age. The good news is that we can manage the moisture levels in our skin, preventing chronic dryness from happening again, or in the first place.
How to Treat and/or Prevent Dry Under Eyes?
1. Avoid harsh products
More is not always more! Overzealous use of scrubs, harsh cleansers, and peels can really strip the skin of its natural oils, compromise your skin barrier, and dry out your skin. Instead, use products that gentler on the skin, even better if they are moisturising.
2. Skip the AM cleanser
You heard us right, skip the AM cleanser! It is completely fine to not use a cleanser when you wash your face in the morning if you are dealing with skin that is dry out of its mind.
Switching to a mild, or soap-free cleanser can also be very helpful for your PM cleansing routine. A great cleanser to consider is the Gentle Facial Cleansing Lotion from OxygenCeuticals.
Use a moisturiser that is rich enough for your dry skin. Cream moisturisers can be excellent if you have dry skin. They are designed to be thicker, and contain ingredients that are meant to trap moisture, preventing transepidermal water loss. There are cream moisturisers in the market that contains ingredients such as ceramides and glycerin that can be extremely helpful in nourishing and protecting the skin barrier.
4. Wear Sun Protection
If you have been follower of us, you would know this like an anthem by now. Wear your sun protection. Damage from the sun can cause your existing struggles to become worse. From acne, to dry skin, the sun worsens it all. Protect your skin by wearing an SPF50 religiously. Wear your sun protection LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.
5. Treat underlying medical conditions
See a doctor if you have/suspect an underlying condition like psoriasis or eczema. Getting diagnosed early will save you from trying and hopping from skincare to skincare in hopes of figuring out what would work for a condition you might not have! The sooner you know your condition, the sooner you can get started on the right skincare (and even makeup) routine.
There you go!
Those were our 5 tips on what you can do to deal with dry under eyes. If you are experiencing persistent dryness under your eyes, it would be best to consult a board certified dermatologist or a doctor in order to get an accurate diagnosis and receive the proper treatment.