How to Care for the Sensitive Skin Around the Eyes

How to Care for the Sensitive Skin Around the Eyes

The skin around the eyes is one of the first areas to show the fine lines and wrinkles of visible aging. The skin in this area is particularly thin with little subcutaneous fat. With age, the skin cells divide more slowly and the skin’s collagen and elastin fibers become looser and less able to repair themselves. Consequently, sun and environmental damage show up sooner than in other areas of the body. However, you can improve and reduce the signs of aging around your eyes by taking proper care of this delicate skin. 


Vitamin C

Woman holding lemons up to eyes.

Vitamin C could almost be called a super nutrient when it comes to skin care. Vitamin C applied in serums and other skincare products counteract the effects of free radicals, particles that break down the collagen that keeps skin looking young and plump. It can also stimulate collagen production, maintaining the skin’s flexibility and strength. SkinResourceMD’s Total Antioxidant - Vitamin C Facial Serum gives the skin a refreshing dose of vitamin C along with other important antioxidants. 

Creams and serums aren’t the only way for vitamin C to help the skin around the eyes. Eating and drinking foods rich in vitamin C offer many of the same benefits, only from the inside rather than the outside. Not to mention the fact that vitamin C gives the immune system a big boost too.  



Free radicals are made by oxygen metabolism, and they break down the body’s cells and tissues. Your body uses antioxidants, both those that are ingested and those applied topically, to reduce the damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C is one type of antioxidant, but there are many other vitamins and nutrients that protect the skin from free radicals as well.

Nutrients and skincare ingredients that contain antioxidants (besides vitamin C) that can help the skin around the eyes include:

  • Vitamin E
  • Baobab seed oil
  • Green tea extract
  • Coffee berry extract

You can find some of these ingredients in SkinResourceMD products, such as:


Hydration (inside and out)

Man and woman drinking water after running.

The skin around the eyes has fewer sebaceous glands than other areas of the body. The sebaceous glands help maintain the skin’s natural oil levels. Fewer of these glands make this delicate skin prone to dryness, especially as you age and the skin naturally becomes drier. You can keep the skin hydrated by drinking adequate water. For most people, that’s around 64 ounces per day. 

You can also hydrate the skin from the outside. A special eye treatment like SkinResourceMD’s Eye Perfection Therapy creates the right hydration balance for the skin around the eyes. It also contains vitamin C, green tea extract, vitamin E, and other nutrients that nourish the skin and replenish the nutrients needed to resist wrinkles. 


Adequate sleep

Woman sleeping in bed.

Your skin needs time to heal from daily stress, including the skin around the eyes. Your body heals and rejuvenates while you sleep. The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep to rest and restore itself. Without adequate sleep, your skin may more quickly show the visible signs of aging. 


Daily treatment

The skin around the eyes needs hydration and care every day. Use a gentle cleanser like Total Facial Cleansing Gel to remove oil, dirt, and debris from around the eyes. Then pick a hydrating product that addresses your specific needs. Eye Perfection Therapy specifically targets the hydration balance needed for the area around the eyes. However, you can add an antioxidant boost with Total Antioxidant - Vitamin C Facial Serum or treat uneven pigmentation with Baobab Skin Correction Facial Cream, for example. 


Eye skin care FAQ

Q: What is the skin around the eyes called? 

A: The area around the eye is called the periocular. This includes the skin in this sensitive part of the body. 

Q: What happens to the skin around the eyes as you age?

A: The skin beneath and around the eyes is already thin, but as you age, it gets thinner. It also loses its ability to heal from wrinkles made from smiling and laughing. Healing from daily damage also becomes more difficult. With time, those fine lines and wrinkles don’t disappear after a good night’s rest.

Q: Is the skin around your eyes different?

A: The skin around the eyes is different from the skin on other areas of the body. This skin is thinner with fewer sebaceous glands to produce oil. It’s more prone to damage and drying because of its unique composition. 


Middle age woman smiling at camera.

Taking care of eye skin

The skin around your eyes needs a gentle touch. Regular nourishment from hydrating skincare products can reduce the visible signs of aging and keep the skin supple and flexible. You can plump and prevent wrinkles by including the skin around the eyes in your daily skincare routine. 

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