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How to Soothe Irritated Skin Around Eyes: Prevention and Care Techniques
How to Soothe Irritated Skin Around Eyes: Prevention and Care Techniques

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Key takeaways:

  • Skin conditions like allergies and eczema can irritate the delicate eye area.

  • Try warm/cold compresses or gentle eye creams for relief.

  • Blissy silk sleep masks naturally soothe and hydrate irritated eye skin.

  • Proper hydration, diet, humidity control, and reducing allergens help prevent flare-ups.

 

Do you have itchy skin or dry skin around your eyes? Or do you have swollen eyelids or watery eyes? This kind of skin irritation can happen for many reasons.

Several skin conditions can cause inflamed skin, dryness, or other problems. Some of these include:

  • Allergic reaction

  • Eyelid contact dermatitis

  • Eyelid eczema

  • Atopic eczema

  • Atopic dermatitis

Conditions like these can cause flare-ups, resulting in itchy, dry, red, or swollen skin. Other factors, like sun exposure, can also irritate this skin. Why does this happen? These areas around your eyes have sensitive skin or thin skin that's easily irritated.

Finding ways to soothe these symptoms can help improve skin health—and help you feel more comfortable and confident overall!

What can you do to ease this skin irritation? Let's explore traditional methods and innovative solutions to help soothe irritated skin around the eyes.

Traditional Care Methods for Irritated Skin Around the Eyes

With the skin surrounding your eyes being so sensitive, it's not unusual to have some irritation. You can find many products designed to ease dryness, itchiness, and other symptoms of flare-ups.

But home remedies are another option to consider. We'll go over store-bought skincare products and home remedy options below.

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Eye creams and serums

Applying an eye cream or serum around your eyes can bring some relief. Just remember to check the ingredients in these products before using them. Some might make irritation worse or trigger a flare up.

Ingredients that may help soothe your skin include:

Ingredients to avoid are:

  • Parabens

  • Added fragrances

  • Lanolin

  • Formaldehyde

  • Active skincare ingredients, such as retinol and benzoyl peroxide

Do you have a skin condition causing cracked skin, eyelid inflammation, or other more severe symptoms? Check with your doctor to see which products are safe to use.

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Cold vs. warm compresses

Putting a compress, such as a damp cloth, on your eyelids or the skin around the eyes may help ease irritation. But which should you use? And what's the difference?

Cold compresses restrict or lower the flow of blood in the area. This helps relieve swelling and pain from inflammation.

Warm compresses do the opposite — they help increase blood flow. This helps stimulate healing in the skin around your eyes or your eyelids.

So, which should you use? That depends on what's bothering your eyes or the skin around them. Dealing with dry eye syndrome or problems with your eye's oil glands? Putting a warm compress on your eyelids or daily over-the-counter medications may offer relief and even lower the risk of a flare-up.

But if you're experiencing flare-ups, a cold compress usually works better. These compresses ease inflamed skin, itchy eyes, redness, or other symptoms.

Innovative Solutions with Blissy: Meet the Blissy Silk Sleep Mask

Grabbing a washcloth for a compress or buying eye cream or serum aren't your only options for relieving irritated skin around the eyes. Blissy offers a convenient—and highly effective—solution with the Blissy Sleep Mask!

Each mask is crafted from 100% mulberry silk. That's the finest quality silk available for a soft feel and luxurious look. Let's take a look at why these sleep masks are such an incredible solution for your skin!

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How silk benefits irritated skin

Blissy's beautiful sleep masks are made of a material proven to benefit skin. Silk offers many great benefits for skin, from helping it stay hydrated to having an ultra-soft texture that doesn't pull at it.

What can silk sleep masks do for irritated skin around your eyes? Silk has natural hypoallergenic properties. Do certain products or materials trigger eczema or dermatitis flare-ups? You don't have to worry about that with a silk sleep mask!

Silk's hypoallergenic properties help soothe your skin and prevent irritation. Your skin stays hydrated enough to prevent dryness. And silk doesn't trap bacteria and oils, so you also have a lower risk of acne breakouts.

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Wearing a Blissy Sleep Mask on your eyes means waking up to skin that looks and feels healthy!

Silk's additional benefits

What else can silk do for you? This natural fabric offers some other benefits to help you feel your best:

  • Helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles: Silk's hydrating effects and super smooth surface have anti-aging effects

  • Improves sleep: Silk's cooling properties and softness help you get better rest night after night for improved well-being overall

  • Boosts hair health: Silk helps minimize frizz and hydrates your hair for a lustrous appearance

Maintenance Tips for Blissy Silk Sleep Masks

Blissy Sleep Masks offer a great way to ease skin irritation—but it's important to take good care of them. The right care helps them last a long time and reduces your risk of irritated skin returning.

So, what's the best way to take care of your sleep mask? We'll walk you through cleaning and caring for your Blissy Sleep Mask to help maintain its quality.

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Cleaning and care instructions

To care for your sleep mask, follow these steps:

How often to wash your silk sleep mask

Washing your sleep mask once a week is usually enough to keep it clean and in good condition. But you might choose to wash it more often if you have sensitive skin, so it's always clean and ready for use.

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Tips to maintain your sleep mask's quality

Silk is incredibly durable! But it may not have as long a life span without proper care. To keep your Blissy Sleep Mask in excellent condition for long-term use, follow these tips:

  • Store it in its matching travel bag to protect it from the sun's UV rays and dust

  • Never wash or dry it on high settings or place it in direct sunlight to dry

  • Don't add any fabric softeners when washing your mask

Further reading:

Lifestyle and Environmental Factors: Tips for Making Adjustments

Making some changes to your usual routine and environment can help protect your skin from becoming irritated. Combining these tips with use of a silk sleep mask plus traditional methods can help the skin surrounding your eyes stay healthy!

Stay hydrated for healthy skin

Are you drinking enough water each day? Aim for 8 glasses of water or other liquids to keep your body hydrated. Remember that some healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, count towards that total! Broccoli, watermelon, apples, and other produce have high amounts of water.

Eat a nutritious diet for skin health

What you eat can have a big impact on your skin. Fruits and vegetables are always a good choice, since they have antioxidants that help ease inflammation.

But many other foods are good for your skin as well.

Some of the best foods to eat include:

  • Eggs, fatty fish, and legumes for protein

  • Flaxseeds, avocados, fatty fish, and extra virgin olive oil for healthy fats

  • Leafy, dark greens for vitamin E and other important nutrients

discuss diet with a healthcare professional

Maintain the right humidity levels

Is your bedroom humid enough? Low humidity can dry out your skin, triggering irritation. High humidity can make you sweat more, leading to breakouts.

Use a humidifier or dehumidifier to keep your humidity levels between 30% and 50% in your home.

Reduce allergens

Exposure to allergens, like dust or certain materials, can lead to itchiness, redness, or other symptoms that affect your skin.

Depending on what you're allergic to, take steps to avoid these allergens, such as:

  • Vacuuming and dusting often

  • Using hypoallergenic fabrics, cleaning products, and other household items

  • Washing clothing and linens more frequently during allergy season

Further reading:

Pamper Your Skin and Enjoy Beauty Sleep with Blissy

Dealing with irritated skin around the eyes doesn't have to be a constant struggle. Now that you know more about how to do this, you can achieve healthier skin! For best results, combine traditional methods, like compresses and eye creams, with Blissy products.

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