Doesn't the saying go, the eyes are the windows to the soul? Well, why would you want those eyes to be shrouded by bloodshot curtains and weepy rain drop tears? Senstive eyes can be the worst! Not only do they make you feel like you have hayfever, they are also major detractors from any beauty look. But there are a few things you can do to be kind to sensitive eyes and keep them clear and feeling fresh to avert a beauty emergency.
So there are the common sense ways for keeping eyes fresh and clear. Wearing sunglasses in bright light, making sure you actually wear your prescription reading glasses when staring at your computer screen everyday (guilty!) as well as avoiding rubbing your eyes too vigorously - this will also help to keep the delicate skin around your eyes unharmed, and prevent fine lines too! But there are a few products that will also help your eyes stay irritant-free...
When choosing makeup for sensitive eyes, always look for items that are as natural as possible. 'But what about the colour?' I hear you ask! Thankfully, there days there are plenty of beauty big wigs now catering to more naturally minded consumers. OCC is one such company. With all vegan products, 'obsessively' crafted from the finest ingredients possible, their colour is not only bold but safe too! Try the OCC Loose Colour Concentrate, which can not only be applied to eyes, but also lips, cheeks and anywhere else on the face or body. Multi-tasker! We also love the Bloom Shadow Liner which can be used as a precision liner or as a creamy shadow. Bloom's products use quality botantical ingredients, so you can rest assured they'll be kind to skin. However, be sure to always test product before application if you are prone to sensitivity!
Another way to stop your eyes from becomming blood shot and sore is to minimise touching and rubbing them when applying your makeup. The one and only Lash Card, is great for this. You can use it to apply mascara (we love the kind to eyes (Elizabeth Mott It's SO Big Mascara) without the wand leaving traces of black all over your lids, which equals less clean up and less rubbing! Keeping your eye makeup brushes clean is another top way of making sure nothing nasty gets close to sensitive eyes - and remember to never share brushes either! This can spread bacteria. No thanks!
When it comes to removing your makeup, look for formulas that don't require too much rubbing to remove product. Neals Yard Organic Eye Makeup Remover is gentle to the skin but strong enough to wipe away waterproof makeup and its rosewater base also helps to nourish lashes at the same time. If you want to use your makeup remover all over your face, but still have it be ok for use around your eyes too, you can't go past the cult Bioderma Crealine H2O. It not only removes all makeup without a trace, but leaves your skin and eyes free of any trace of oils (unlike some other removers).
Lastly, eye cream. Some eye creams are great on the skin but can get into eyes and cause irritations. This is why it's important to apply your eye cream properly - which means not too close to the eye, believe it or not. This is because, with wear, eye cream sinks into the skin and travels upwards towards your peepers. So instead of waking with clear eyes and smooth skin, your eyes can become red, irritated and baggy. To avoid, apply your cream at least 3cm away from your eyes and lightly dab it on with your pinky or ring finger and be sure to choose a soothing formulation that you trust - nothing suss should make its way onto your face, let alone near your eyes! We love the Indio Eye Perfect which contains Vitamins, Shea Butter and Wheat Germ to replenish skin - perfect for every day use and safe for sensitive skin!
And there you have it - clear eyes without a bloodshot shade of red in sight! Beauty SOS drama, downgraded! Do you suffer from particularly sensitive peepers? How do you keep yours soothed? Let us know!