The Eyes Have It: How to Take Care of Them

The Eyes Have It: How to Take Care of Them
Just like your skin, the eyes are another fascinating part of the body that are capable of so many things. Your eyes are sensitive and complex and so is the skin around them. Your eyes can easily be damaged if they are not properly taken care of, so it's essential to correct any bad habits before it's too late. Here are a few recommendations for caring for both your eyes and the sensitive layer of skin around them.

Keep Eye Rubbing to a Minimum

Whether you rub your eyes because you're tired, or because you have something stuck and can't seem to get it out, this is a bad habit that should be broken sooner rather than later. Rubbing your eyes, especially if you do so multiple times per day, can lead to any dirt, bacteria, or oil on your hands and fingers getting into your eyes. This can potentially cause redness or an infection, so if you do need to rub your eyes, do so after washing and drying your hands thoroughly. Also, because the skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your entire body, rubbing often can lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, or can make existing signs of aging worse. Fight the urge to rub your eyes unless absolutely necessary - your skin and your eyes will definitely thank you later.

Use Sun Protection All Year

The sun's UV rays can do serious damage to your skin, like cause signs of aging to appear, lead to sun spots, sunburn, and even increase your risk of skin cancer if you do not protect yourself accordingly. It's important to remember to apply sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you will be out in the sun for an extended period of time to protect your skin, but you shouldn't neglect your eyes either. Your eyes are susceptible to sun damage all year round, so remembering to wear sunglasses whenever you are outside can save your eyes more than you may think. If you forget your sunglasses, seek shade, head indoors, or wear a hat with a wide brim to cover your face. Avoid looking up at the sun even while wearing sunglasses and don't count out overcast or dreary winter days. If it's daytime, the sun is out and can do some serious damage if you aren't careful.

Watch the Products You Use

If you've found the perfect new eye cream, bought the hottest eyeshadow palette from your favorite makeup company, or you're dying to try out a concealer that will cover your dark circles, make sure these products are safe to use on your skin, which can also impact your eyes. This may take trial and error, but always look at the ingredients in each product you purchase, especially if it will be applied around the eye area. If you notice any pain, redness, irritation, itchiness, or other symptoms after using a new product, discontinue use and seek help from your dermatologist or eye doctor immediately.

Remove Makeup Before Bed

While that pigmented, new eyeshadow may look amazing on your eyelids throughout the day, you won't like how it looks or what it does to your eyes after sleeping in it all night long. Sometimes you're busy and forget, or you're too exhausted, but removing your eye makeup is crucial to your eye health. Eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, fake eyelashes, eyelash glue, and other eye products that are not removed and washed off before going to bed each night can cause more harm than good. First, they can smear as you toss and turn during the night, leaving marks on your pillows, sheets, and all over your face. Products can also get into your eyes and cause an infection, or lead to puffiness, inflammation, or irritation around the eyes. Use an eye makeup removing product and make sure all makeup is removed and washed off before getting into bed. If you have any issues with your eyes after sleeping in eye makeup, be sure to consult your doctor immediately to break the habit before it becomes worse. Having an eye problem because of a few bad habits can lead to permanent damage or loss of vision entirely, so it's important to remember to take good care of your eyes at all times, just as your should care for your skin. When you begin to notice something is off about your eyes, make note of the issue and contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. Diagnosing something early could save your eyes. And, if you have an issues or concerns about the sensitive skin around your eyes, make an appointment with your dermatologist for more insight.