Top Makeup Tips For Sensitive Eyes

Many people suffer from sensitive eyes, with symptoms such as redness, itching and dryness which can be the result of natural eye conditions or environmental factors such as contact lenses and make up.

There are many options open to people with sensitive skin, ranging from sensitive make up ranges to cleansing techniques and by adapting your daily skincare routine to suit your sensitive eyes and skin, you can enjoy irritation-free vision all day long.

Don’t be lazy!

Always remember to remove your eye make up at the end of the day as the longer you wear it, the more likely it is to cause irritation. By choosing a sensitive eye makeup remover, it is easier to remove makeup without irritation. Look out for alcohol-free products as they are less harsh on sensitive skin. Try soaking the fluid into a cotton wool pad, and gently leaving on the eyelid to soften and loosen mascara and eyeliner before gently dabbing across the top of the lids. This will also prevent unsightly panda eyes in the morning…

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It is important to remove all makeup – especially eye makeup, before bed!

During the day, our faces have to contend with a build up of dirt and grime, meaning it is essential to keep the skin and eyes clean. If using a cleansing wash, be careful not to get any into the eyes and if using an exfoliating wash, only use once a week as they can cause unwanted dryness. Be particularly gentle around the delicate eye area.

However, lotions or gels are preferable when removing make up from sensitive areas. Cleansing wipes are often a quick and easy option but as they are soaked with less cleansing fluid, they require more vigorous rubbing. This in turn, may cause eye irritation.

Always follow cleansing with a gentle moisturiser, massaging in gentle upward strokes. A light, water-based moisturiser is ideal for the delicate eye area and will help to prevent any unwanted dryness.

Time for a clean out…

Old mascara wands and dirty brushes can be ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, which is then transferred to your eyes during make up application. Mascaras should be replaced regularly (roughly every 3 months) to keep eyes bacteria-free and sponges and brushes should be washed with warm soapy water. Try spending a day washing out your old eye shadow brushes to remove old glitters and shadows.

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Why You Should Exfoliate Around the Eyes

One of the number one lessons taught in skincare 101, next to the need for a daily moisturizer with SPF, is the importance of exfoliating regularly (two to three times a week is the recommended amount for maximum benefits). Exfoliants buff away dulling buildup of dead skin cells to reveal newer skin. In doing so, exfoliating helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, age or sun spots and fine lines and wrinkles. It’s similar to the idea of sanding down a wooden surface to a smooth finish and later priming it to be more receptive to whatever stains or paint you choose to add on top. A facial scrub is a means of renewing the skin for a brighter, smoother complexion.

We scrub our bodies from head to toe; we exfoliate around the center and contours of the face – but what about the eyes? There is no doubt that the skin around the eyes is much thinner and therefore more delicate than the rest of our skin. Never tug, never pull, always be gentle, we are told, and rightfully so.

Yet even so, you should always take the time to exfoliate around the eyes. The same rules apply to any area of skin; it is simply a matter of using different tools.

Why We Use Acid Serums For The Eye Area

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exfoliate with acid serums around the eyes to avoid tugging or stretching the delicate skin of the eye area

Instead of facial scrubs, which are grainy by nature and will inevitably tug and irritate that sensitive area, we use acid serums. It isn’t as intimidating or harsh as it sounds. These concentrated serums are neither as abrasive nor aggressive, but are just as effective – if not more – than any traditional exfoliants.

Invest in serums with Glycolic Acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from sugar cane. Like its fruit extract counterparts, it refreshes and stimulates the skin, essentially “dissolving away” any dulling buildup to help promote cell turnover. Its call to fame, however, lies in a number of standout properties: Glycolic Acid is known for its ability to improve texture, reduce fine lines and discoloration to rejuvenate your overall complexion. Newer, smoother skin is unveiled in the process, and brown spots and fine lines are diminished over time.

For an added antioxidant and anti-aging boost that also helps brighten dark under eye circles, interchange your Glycolic Acid based serum with one concentrated with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is also a viable alternative to skin types sensitive to Glycolic Acid. Continue reading

Keep Your Eyes Sparkling and Healthy this Summer

When the summer months roll around, many of us have only one thing on our minds: soaking up the sun. But while the extra boost of Vitamin D may help your mood, the sun’s powerful rays can also do their fair share of damage.

Many people think that lathering on some sunscreen will do the trick to keep them healthy, but what about keeping the eyes healthy while having some outdoor fun? There may not be a vision sunscreen, but there are several things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and sparkling in the summer.

Buy Good Sunglasses

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It is important to protect your eyes with good sunglasses

While the economy’s current condition may make it tempting to shield your eyes with a $5 pair of glasses from Joe’s Beach Shack, resist the urge. Failing to protect your eyes now will surely be a much more costly decision in the future, so it’s worth it to splurge a little bit on a pair of shades. Choose a pair of sunglasses that has UVA and UVB protection. Excessive exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet radiation can contribute to eye disease in the future. The FDA recommends that individuals look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation.

It’s also helpful to choose a polarized pair of glasses, these sunglasses significantly reduce glare and prevent you from squinted while outside. Not only does this preserve your vision health, but it can keep you looking younger and more refreshed as wrinkles around the eyes are kept at bay.

Finally, make sure you actually wear your sunglasses, even if you’re only stepping out momentarily. Many of us underestimate the power that the sun has and the damage that it can do in a short period of time. Step out for 5 or 10 minutes a day without any eye protection, especially in the summer months, can contribute to vision problems. Continue reading

Don’t Let Waterproof Mascara Cause You Dark Circles This Summer

Summer’s here – and with it trips to the beach and to the pool. Of course, we all want to look great – even in the water, so many of us purchase a waterproof mascara at this time of the year, although we may not wear it at any other time. Here’s where the problem starts, as although waterproof mascara is designed to ensure we don’t end up looking like pandas with dark circles and smudges under our eyes after a swim, they can cause more long lasting shadows under the eyes because they are either irritant to our eyes or because we do not have the right products to remove them without rubbing. Follow our simple tips for trouble-free, waterproof lashes and beautiful eyes this summer!

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Follow our tips for choosing and removing waterproof mascara and avoid problems

Of course, there are many other scenarios when you would want to wear a waterproof mascara – for example:

  • Emotional occasions: My son is getting married in October this year and I just know I shall be needing my hankie on such an emotional occasion – so I will not be wanting panda eyes for the photographs!
  • Allergies and colds: Increased tear production due to allergies and colds can also cause mascara to run.
  • Contact Lenses: Wearers of these often prefer a mascara without any fibers making a waterproof version a good choice.

Editors Tip: A waterproof mascara is the perfect choice if your eyelashes are long and straight and you want to curl them. This type is absolutely the best for holding a curl!

Problems caused by Irritation

First of all, some waterproof mascaras can cause sensitivity problems because of the formulation. You need to look for a hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist tested formula. Look for a resin-free product as resin is the ingredient which most often causes eye problems for people with sensitive skins.

Our recommendations for a luxurious buy is this Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara Waterproof Black/Noir.

This mascara works so well, because of the horseshoe shaped bristles in the applicator brush with a central groove that releases the formula gradually as you apply it so that a fine layer is achieved.

Its waterproof formula will keep your lashes looking great all day long and because it is ophalmologist tested, you can trust Lancome Definicil to give you longer more beautiful lashes.

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Organic Anti Aging Care For The Eye Area, My Favorite Product

I was recently lucky enough to discover an excellent product from a company called Avalon Organics®. I would like to share my review of this product, which I have absolutely loved using, please see below for my recommendation.

As the name suggests this company is commited to providing the very best in organic skin care and every product they make contains at least 70% organic ingredients. Their products offer the reassurance of certification to NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for personal care products containing organic ingredients – so, not only can you be confident of the effectiveness of anything you choose from the range, but you can also be certain of the safety and purity.

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The NSF Logo is pictured (right), look out for it on other organic products and if you have questions about what this certification means, the following link will take you to a helpful pdf –

You can also be sure that none of the products contain any of the common irritants found in beauty and treatment products such as synthetic fragrances and other irritants that can cause unpleasant skin reactions.

In addition, the Avalon Organics® website contains a statement of their Consciousness in Cosmetics® ethic which comprises five elements:-

“Purity and Safety, Sustainability, Effectiveness, Intimacy and Personal Choice.”

Looking for more information about eye creams and serums?

Find out which ingredients to look for in this helpful article.

This article has information on choosing the right product as well as advice on the best way to apply eye cream

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