5 Ways To Care For The Skin Around Your Eyes

by Dr. Sean Daneshmand last updated -

While we all know that the face is sensitive to bacteria, dust, and other pollutants, but what many people don’t realize is just how sensitive the skin around the eyes is, and that it’s absolutely essential to care for it if you’re planning to age gracefully. So how exactly can you take care of the skin around your eyes?

Ways To Take Care Of The Skin Around Your Eyes

For one, don’t rub your eyes – and don’t touch your face if your hands aren’t clean. When you rub your eyes, it makes the skin around your eyes darken, and doing this too often can cause real damage to your skin. Follow these expert tips for caring for the skin around your eyes:

A woman smiling and pointing towards her healthy eyes

Foods rich in certain nutrients can have a powerful effect on eye health. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Choose Your Beauty Products Wisely

Skincare products should be selected with care – because the last thing your skin needs is a bunch of harsh chemicals and dryness caused by irritating compounds. Get a product that nourishes the skin and contains all essential skincare ingredients including vitamin E, antioxidants, and natural oils. Remember, a basic moisturizer won’t provide the skin under your eyes all the protection it needs; but you can find eye creams that are specially formulated to relieve puffiness and darkening in this area. Look for products with these essential nutrients: [1]

  • Retinol
  • Peptides
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Kojic acid
  • Arbutin
  • Soy
  • Vitamin B-3

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Moisturizing is one of the basics of skincare and should be the foundation of your beauty regimen. When skin loses water, it begins to shrink, and signs of those fine lines on the side of the mouth and eyes become more visible. If left for long, deep lines and wrinkles start to form all over the face and neck, and those are much harder to remove.

Moisturizing is one way to plump up the skin and in particular, around the eyes, where the skin doesn’t have oil glands to prevent dryness. Remove any irritants from your face care regimen that may cause dryness and use petroleum jelly whenever possible (it’s actually good for your skin and is perfectly safe).

Be Gentle, Always

Be gentle with your face and use products that don’t contain known irritants (such as alcohol) and when removing makeup, use the right products. Here are tips for handling your face:

  • When removing makeup, press gently on the skin using a cotton pad.
  • When applying products to this area, use your pinky finger– and only dab the product, don’t take too long rubbing it in.
  • Apply the same principle when handling the rest of your face.

No Smoking Please

Nicotine condenses blood vessels all over your body, but nowhere is this more apparent than the face. Constricted blood vessels can’t transport the nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy and smooth. Collagen tends to break down when there’s not enough supply of nutrients, and this leads to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging.

Treat Yourself To A Massage

Do you find yourself with puffy eyes even when you’ve had a good night’s sleep? If yes, then a simple eye massage might fix this. Aside from genetics, other factors might cause puffy eyes such as a high fluid retention rate and high salt intake. Massaging the area under the eyes can help with fluid retention and improve circulation as the pressure drains the fluid that pools around this area. A jade roller is also used to relieve tension and puffiness in the face. [2]


Effective skincare requires a combination of efforts, with both external and internal aspects. So if you’re going to hydrate the skin with moisturizers, there should also be an effort to drink enough water, so you don’t dry out from the inside. Other factors like diet and proper sleep should always be monitored, not just for skincare, but for the sake of staying healthy.

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About the Author

Dr. Sean Daneshmand has completed extensive training in Aesthetic procedures including Vaser Liposelection and has been the Medical Director of Ageless and beautiful Medical Spa since May 2005. He has also been nominated as a “Top Doctor in San Diego” as published in San Diego Magazine continuously since 2008-2018.

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