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Dry Skin Around Eyes: Causes And Remedies

How to reduce under-eye dryness naturally?

The thickness of our skin varies on different parts of our body. It is 2 to 3 mm thick on most parts of the body, whereas the skin under our eyes is only 0.5 mm thick. This part of our skin also does not contain much collagen and oil glands compared to the skin on the rest of our body.

Due to these factors, the skin on our under-eye region is not only delicate, but also more prone to dryness, and developing under-eye bags and hyperpigmentation. This is why our under-eye skin often needs extra care.

Let us understand some of the most common causes of under-eye dryness, and how we can prevent it, and reduce it using natural remedies.


CAUSES OF UNDER-EYE DRYNESS

  • Rubbing your eyes
    Rubbing your eyes as a response to itchiness may lead to redness and inflammation in your eyes, increase the chances of getting eye infections, and cause trauma in the under-eye region. This may lead to tiny tears in the skin, and cause dryness and irritation.
  • Unsuitable skin care products
    Using products made with certain ingredients that do not suit our skin type, may lead to dry patches on certain areas of the skin, such as our cheeks or under-eye region.
  • Frequent cleansing
    When we wash our face excessively or use face cleansers that do not match the requirements of our skin, it compromises the protective barrier of our skin over time and causes dryness and dehydration.
  • Eye infections
    Experiencing an eye infection, allergies, or conditions such as conjunctivitis, dry eye syndrome, eczema, etc. may cause the eyes and under-eye region to get itchy, dry and inflamed.
  • Skin ageing
    The skin on our under-eyes loses elasticity, collagen, thickness, moisture, and vitality as we age. Over time, our skin also starts producing less sebum. This naturally causes dryness and fine lines on our skin.
  • Environmental factors
    Factors such as pollution, change in seasons, ultraviolet radiation, water contamination, humidity and extreme temperatures can affect the natural moisture balance of the skin while causing dryness and loss of barrier function.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
    Habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, malnutrition and sleep deprivation are known to promote dryness in skin and hair, and accelerate ageing, while encouraging Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) in skin cells.

TIPS TO REDUCE UNDER-EYE DRYNESS

  • Use natural emollients
    Emollients in skin care are ingredients that moisturise, soften and smoothen our skin while preventing dryness and loss of moisture from skin cells.
    According to a study, eye creams made with natural emollients such as olive oil and sunflower seed oil deliver instant and long‐term nourishment to the skin under our eyes, while minimising irritation and inflammation.
  • Use caffeinated skin care
    Caffeine stimulates blood circulation around the eyes which gives your skin a fresh, rejuvenated and hydrated appearance. It also has antioxidant properties which protect the skin against free radical damage, and prevent premature ageing.
    According to a study, under-eye care products that contain caffeine among other ingredients, enhance the overall appearance of the under-eye skin by reducing dark circles and improving skin elasticity.
  • Use gentle products
    Switch to using gentle cleansers, scrubs, toners and makeup removers. Juicy Chemistry face washes and soaps are made with saponified plant oils that nourish your skin and leave it soft and moisturised. They are made with the cold process method of saponification which creates superfatted soaps that cleanse gently and effectively.
    Our natural toners are made by steam distillation of fresh plant matter such as Aloe Vera, Bulgarian Rose and Lavender, to name a few. They hydrate dry skin, stimulate blood flow to promote even skin tone, and soothe irritation and inflammation on sensitive skin.
  • Inculcate good skin habits
    Avoid rubbing beneath your eyes to prevent skin damage. Whenever you have to touch your eye area, make sure that you wash your hands in order to prevent chances of infection.
    Make sure that the water you use to wash your eyes and face is either lukewarm, cool, or at room temperature. Using hot water for rinsing may cause the under-eye skin to dehydrate.
    Always use clean hands to apply skin care and makeup products. Clean your makeup brushes and tools after each use.
    Protect your under-eye skin from ultraviolet radiation by wearing sun-glasses when going outdoors during daylight. Use Juicy Chemistry Camellia and Red Raspberry Certified Natural Sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage.
  • Try hydrating eye pads
    Step 1 – Brew some organic green tea, and allow it to cool at room temperature.
    Step 2 – In a clean and dry bowl, place some cotton rounds.
    Step 3 – Mix equal parts of the cooled and strained green tea and Juicy Chemistry Bulgarian Rose Water. Pour this concoction on the cotton rounds, and allow them to soak up all the liquid.
    Step 4 – Allow the cotton rounds to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
    Step 5 – After your night-time skincare routine, take the cotton rounds out of the refrigerator. Squeeze out the excess liquid from them, and place them on each of your eyes while you lie down and relax for 10-15 minutes.
    After removing the eye pads, gently tap the skin on your under-eyes with the tips of your fingers to facilitate the absorption of leftover green tea and Bulgarian rose water on your skin. Follow up with an organic eye cream to seal the moisture.

Juicy Chemistry Bulgarian Rose Water is clinically tested to improve skin tone and hydrate dry skin. It also cools tired skin and promotes relaxation.
Green tea contains natural caffeine. According to a study, caffeine-soaked pads act as emollients and help to naturally contour the eye area by reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Note:

  1. Fresh cucumber slices can be used in place of cotton rounds to cool, soothe, and rejuvenate the under-eye area.
  2. Always patch test new ingredients and remedies on your inner arm before applying them to your under-eye area. In case of any signs of redness, irritation or itchiness, rinse the affected area with water immediately. And discontinue using that product.
  3. Do not make and store home remedies in bulk. Always prepare them as and when needed, using fresh ingredients for maximum benefits.
  4. This remedy is not a substitute for medical care. In case of infections or allergies, consult with your general practitioner for guidance.

    JUICY CHEMISTRY PRODUCTS THAT HELP TO REDUCE UNDER-EYE DRYNESS

    • Damask Rose and Coffee Eye Cream
      It is a rich and nourishing eye cream with Camellia Seed, Avocado, and Sunflower Oils, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Beeswax to moisturise the under-eye area, Coffee Oil and Vitamin E to improve the appearance of dark circles, and Lavender, Sandalwood and Damask Rose Essential Oils to soothe inflammation and prevent oxidative stress.
      Juicy Chemistry Damask Rose And Coffee Eye Cream is best suited for your nighttime skin care routine. Apply a pea-sized amount of the cream around your eyes, and massage it under your eyes using gentle circular motions.
    • Prickly Pear, Chia and Tamanu Eye Roll On
      It is a lightweight and fast-absorbing formula inside a roll on bottle to allow ease of application. It is made with Camellia Seed, Chia Seed, Grape Seed, Sweet Almond and Tamanu Oils for moisturising your under-eye skin, Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Blood Orange Essential Oil to improve the appearance of dark circles, and Lavender, Chamomile and Eucalyptus Essential Oils to soothe skin irritation, promote relaxation and fight against free radical damage.
      Juicy Chemistry Prickly Pear, Chia And Tamanu Eye Roll On is best suited for your day-time skin care routine. Dab 2-3 spots of the oil around your eyes, and massage it under your eyes gently with your fingertips.
    Note –
    The under-eye area is one of the most delicate areas on the face. Use your ring finger to lightly pat in the product. Stick to the orbital bone and do not go too close to the eye. Do not use excess products.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    1. How long do Juicy Chemistry products take to show results?
      Our skin experiences months of wear and tear before it starts showing signs for concern. Hence, time taken by any natural remedy to show visible results depends on how deep the concern goes into your skin.
      When it comes to using natural ingredients for skin brightening, reducing sun damage or restoring your skin’s moisture barrier, consistency and patience are key.

    REFERENCES –

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6850077/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4300604/
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18832866/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470411/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4942621/

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