I'm... old enough to know better. I've always had oily skin, but several friends have very tactfully and gently suggested that I might benefit from facial moisturizer, especially around my eyes. The problem is that no matter which one I use or how sparingly I apply it, it seems to "creep" into my eyes. It stings and makes my vision filmy. I've tried just putting it on before bed but then my eyes are just all gummy in the morning. Does anyone have any suggestions for particular products or techniques that might help? Thanks!
Yeah chemicals sting don't they?! Those chemical preservatives are very unhealthy & are irritants too. Use a natural oil very sparingly. One that is very light. I suggest you go on eBay & look up Jojoba oil. It's cheap. But only buy a little bottle & put it in your refrigerator. It will spoil if you buy too much because there is no preservatives. Get a 4 oz size. It's only a few bucks. Jojoba most closely mimicks your skins natural oils. It's very light. It absorbs pretty fast. It's great for skin & for wrinkles. Replace your oil in your fridge every four months. I suggest popping a few gel caps of Vitamin E & squeezing out the pure Vitamin E oil into the Jojoba oil for a preservative & extra emollient effect. It will make it last about six months that way. This is what I have used for the past ten years around my eyes. I look at least ten yrs younger than I am. DRINK PURE non chlorinated WATER! I credit hydration & natural skin care. Also.. start getting Vitamin A & some healthy oils in your diet. I take pure cod liver oil capsules but you can eat foods with healthy oils too. It's heart smart & will keep you young. Whatever you do... stop using chemicals on your eyes... and mineral oil. One woman I know recently got a very painful eye operation & lost a lot of her sight due to using serums & eye creams. The doctor said the mineral oil builds up on the eye & blinds you slowly over time. You need oils that do not become hardened & that do not cause damage to the eye. Jojoba oil is very safe my optometrist told me as long as you don't actually rub it in your eyes or put on too much. Good luck!
Thanks so much for the advice! I will get some jojoba oil pronto! I am a great believer in vitamins -- extra Vitamin D this winter has been a lifesaver! -- and we live in the country and have our own well, so no chlorine (and I test it regularly, so no other baddies, either... just maybe a few extra minerals ). I give my dogs flax seed oil for fatty acids, but it is liver-flavored, so I think I'll look into something different for myself.
andidandi -- From looking at the packaging, I don't believe that these did. The print is really tiny on those tiny little tubes! The Este Lauder one mentions retinol, though, and I'm sure that could sting! The Clinique one sounds like it should be pretty harmless, but something there doesn't agree. I'm not usually a "reactive" person -- not usually a very sensitive type ;-)
Eye moisturizers are meant to be applied on the orbit (bone) around the eye. Use your ring finger and gently pat around the orbit. A smaller than pea size amount is usually used for both eyes. The product will naturally creep by itself - as you found out the hard way!
Jojoba oil is great for the skin however, use it sparingly near your eyes and especially if you wear contacts. Also it may cause your eye liner or mascara to run (if you wear any). How about adding facial moisturizer with sunscreen?
I agree, use jojoba very sparingly & it will run your liner/mascara. Also, you shouldn't use any oils near the eyes with contacts that does mess them up. Thanks Kim! I didn't give specifics. I just use it mainly at night & when I'm not wearing eye makeup. Everything else burns me too. Even things that don't contain chemicals. In fact, a lot of pure oils burn my eyes. I tried Emu Oil & that stung like crazy when it got in my eyes at night. It's wonderful stuff... just brings me to tears no matter how little I use. I won't use chemical preservatives or sunscreens that contain nanoparticles though. My health comes first, beauty comes second. Almost every cream out there & sunscreen contains "bad for you stuff" as I call it. That's why I went to jojoba oil. But many women don't care what they put on as long as it works, so to each their own. But I don't need cancer from preservatives & nanoparticles if I can help it. I'd rather have the wrinkles!