How to Take Care of Sensitive Skin Around the Eyes

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Skin is the largest organ of our body which has one major objective, that is, to protect our internal organs from external forces, including environmental, factors that can cause damage. Not surprisingly therefore, skin covers us from the head, down to our toes.

…There’s skin then there’s..

skin around your eyes

 Skin around your eyes are often distinguished and tackled separately from skin on the rest of your body because it’s thin, delicate and more prone to developing signs of skin aging — and there are five reasons why:

  • The skin around your eyes is still thinner than skin on the rest of your face by about 10 times.
  • Underneath your eye skin is an elaborate network of capillaries that become more brittle as you age.
  • Sebaceous glands around the eyes are found in lower density compared to other parts of your skin. With less of these around your eyes, skin in these parts dry up relatively faster, making it more prone to damage and wrinkles.
  • Skin around the eyes have very limited number of fat cells in the subcutaneous layer and, sometimes even completely absent. This makes skin less supple and less capable of bouncing back to its original state after folding.
  • The facial expressions you make — smiling, frowning, anger, for instance — all involve your eyes and the skin around it. With repeated expressions, your skin loses elasticity, and furrows are developed over time.

Caring for skin around your eyes

Give skin around your eyes the care it deserves:

  • Stop rubbing. These leave your eye area severely creased and, if it’s habitual, the marks eventually don’t go back to their original state.
  • Apply sunscreen.   Protect your eye area from UV-induced damage with sunscreen.
  • Use an eye cream. Products like Dermalactives Eye Cream, are particularly formulated to address skin aging issues around your eye area.
  • Completely and gently rid this area of impurities and make up before your sleep. Use makeup remover to wipe off stubborn make up, and tone daily to unclog your pores.
  • Promote better skin cell turnover by eliminating the damaged and dead skin cells on your skin’s surface.
  • Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Exercise regularly. Improved body circulation helps keep your capillaries from leaking fluid and causing under eye bags and discoloration.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Skin around your eyes balloon when there’s too much fluid being retained by the body as a result of a high salt content diet.
  • Drink less alcohol and eat less fatty meat which affect the normal functioning of your liver and kidneys. The health or these two organs are reflected on skin around your eyes which darken or show yellowish discoloration when these two organs are not functioning optimally.


It pays to pay close attention to what your skin needs. For skin around your eyes, while there are general skincare tips you can follow to keep it healthy, a special brand of TLC is required.

Guest Post: Jazz Pollard


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