The skin around your eyes and on your lips is very delicate, so you should always be mindful when removing makeup and applying skin care products to these areas. Environmental factors like UV rays and pollution can take a toll on the sensitive skin around your eyes and on your lips, but you can prevent damage to these areas with a few easy practices. Here are 6 care tips for your eyes & lips that will keep your eyes bright and your lips smooth all year round
1. Kill 2 Birds With One Stone
The skin around our eyes and lips is extremely delicate. These are the areas on our face that tend to form wrinkles first. Our lips also don’t have sebaceous glands which are glands in our skin that secrete oil and keep our faces moisturized. So this is where an eye cream can really help not only your eyes but your lips too! It’s packed with active ingredients that hydrate, smooth and prevent fine lines. A good quality eye cream can double as a nourishing lip cream.
2. Exfoliate & Prime Your Pout
Because our lips don’t have sebaceous glands, they tend to dry out, especially if you’re not drinking enough water! Layering lipstick or glass on a pair of chapped lips can cause the product to flake off or bleed. To start with a smooth canvas that will hold lip color well, use a gentle scrub and primer before applying makeup. You can make your own lip scrub using coconut oil and sugar.
3. Get Your Vitamins
Using a vitamin-infused moisturizer on your lips and eyes will help them stay plump and hydrated. Choose a moisturizer with vitamin E and sunscreen for the best lip and eye protection. Vitamin E not only nourishes your delicate skin, it also reduces UV sensitivity, preventing hyperpigmentation and signs of aging
4. Sun Protection
Always wear sun protection, not just on your lips, but all over. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, which will protect you from sun damage and squinting lines. Make sure your lip balm is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, and keep it handy so you can re-apply it regularly. The skin around your eyes and on your lips is delicate and susceptible to burning and sun damage.
5. Be Sure Your Sunglasses Have Complete Ultraviolet Protection
We’ve already stressed the importance of sun protection for your skin, but you should also protect your eyes from UVR (ultraviolet radiation). UVR comes directly from the sun but can also enter your eyes from reflective surfaces and damage your sight. The best way to ensure you’re protecting not only the delicate skin around your eyes but also your eyesight is to wear sunglasses with 100% UVA/ UVB protection.
6. Snack Healthy & Stay Hydrated
During the extreme weather of summer and winter, many people are more likely to become dehydrated, which can negatively affect your skin, and cause your lips to dry out and your eyes to become puffy. Drinking plenty of water every day can help keep your lips soft and plump, and ensure you’re not retaining any water in your eye area. Too much salt can also dry out your lips and cause puffiness, so choose snacks with high water content and low salt, like fruit or unsalted nuts.
7. Use a Nourishing Makeup Remover & Overnight Moisturizer
When it comes to removing your eye makeup, gentle is always better. Use a non-abrasive lip and eye makeup remover that doesn’t require scrubbing. Pure coconut oil works as an all-natural, gentle lip and eye make up remover, or you can opt for micellar water for a non-greasy alternative. Once you’ve removed your makeup, be sure to apply a nourishing lip balm and eye cream this will keep your eyes and lips hydrated while you get your beauty rest.