Eyelid Care

The skin of the eyelids is particularly thin, has only little connective tissue and subcutaneous fat, and is altogether the most sensitive area of the face. It also has far fewer sebaceous glands than the rest of the facial skin. This explains why the eyelids tend towards dryness and wrinkling. The subcutaneous tissue around the eyes is also especially able to store water, frequently resulting in “swollen” eyelids and conspicuous tear sacs under the eyes. The skin around the eyes also acts as a kind of “mood barometer”, reflecting tiredness, emotional state and illnesses. Consequently, the skin around the eyes deserves special attention, but unfortunately – usually from ignorance or uncertainty – often tends to be neglected. A feeling of skin tension in this area is a useful indicator for loss of the hydrolipid film.

Depending on skin type, the skin around the eyes should be tended with creams or gels. The thorough removal of eye make-up, sweating during sport and in hot weather, and the general tendency to dryness in winter usually calls for eye creams of the oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion type with a high lipid content. The care products used should contain no spreading components so that they do not “creep” into the eyes. With sufficient moisturiser, the skin around the eyes can be kept supple, and the formation of wrinkles through dryness reduced. The products used may also contain vitamins A and E, panthenol, bisabolol and allantoin. For people who sweat a lot and for use during the winter months, the lipid phase in the O/W emulsions should be increased. Light water-in-oil (W/O) emulsions may be used instead. Skin care of the upper and lower eyelids and to the sides of the eyes should be performed in the morning and evening, after the skin has been cleansed. Eye skinpilot side tourmake-up can then be applied.