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It’s fairly common knowledge that eye-related skin problems such as dark under-eye circles, under-eye puffiness, or eyelid irritations and rashes are no fun. Some, like eyelid rashes and general irritation, can be downright painful and difficult to live with, and all of them present a serious problem for beauty and looking your best. Thankfully, Vine Vera has shown you plenty of ways to combat these problems. Puffy eyes especially—quite probably one of the most common and frustratingly persistent eye-centric skin issues—have loads of home remedies that work wonders; take your pick from pressing chilly, cold spoons against the underside of your eyelid, sleeping with cucumbers (or potatoes!) on your eyes, caffeinating them with wet tea bags, or several other solutions.
But what if you have a skin problem that finds the skin around your eye getting irritated and inflamed every time you treat it? The skin under and around the eye is thinner than the rest of your skin, and your eyelids especially have about as much thickness to them as plastic wrap (and not the good, stronger kind that’s slightly opaque and thicker, either, but the standard flimsy transparent stuff). As such, it is much more prone to irritation and more susceptible to rashes and allergic reactions. If you’re finding that you tend to irritate your eye area every time you try to treat it, this post is for you, so read on as Vine Vera illuminates a number of methods to care for sensitive eye skin.
Get Fragrance-Free, Dye-Free Products
A major contributor to irritation in skin in general (and especially for the hyper-sensitive areas like eyelids) is added fragrance or dye. Sure, products that smell good as you apply them or have a characteristic color that’s fun to look at (at least for the few moments the color is visible before you rub it into your skin and it no longer makes a difference) are nice, but if they’re irritating you overmuch, it could be time to ditch them in favor of fragrance-free, dye-free replacements.
That said, a lot of herbal fragrances, such as those added through essential oils like lavender or jasmine, are less likely to cause a reaction than artificial fragrances, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Look for Specifically Marked “Sensitive Skin” Products
This one might go without saying, more or less, but bear with us, as there’s absolutely a discussion to be had on this point. Anything marked as safe for “sensitive skin” is definitely more likely to work sans-irritation, but pay special attention to the phrases “allergy tested,” “dermatologist tested,” and “clinically proven.” They’re not perfect guarantees, but they do at least show that some actual research or consulting with an expert was done before the products hit shelves.
Try Additive-Free Home Remedies
A lot of the home remedies we’ve already discussed for getting rid of under-eye puffiness or dark circles are unlikely to cause irritation. Unless you’re allergic to cucumbers or potatoes, you can use the former to reduce dark circles and the latter to reduce puffiness; just cut rounds of them and lay them on your eyes for at least 15 minutes. You can also use black or green tea bags (go for pure tea with a single ingredient, “tea”), wetted and held against your under-eye skin for at least 15 minutes to deflate puffy eyes.