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Your eyes are the mirror of your soul, and the last thing you want around them is dry skin. Do you know if not treated early, dryness can soon lead to wrinkles and lines around your eyes?

Dry skin around the eyes can be uncomfortable and difficult to cover with makeup. Thankfully, the ancient science of Ayurveda suggests the inclusion of a list of skin benefitting herbs in your regular skin care to treat it. These herbs effectively battle dryness, premature ageing, dullness and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes.

Scroll down to know what causes dry skin around your eyes and how to treat it with the best Ayurvedic solutions.

Why Is The Skin Around Your Eyes Dry?

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate. It is fine in structure and lacks sebaceous glands that moisturize the other areas of your face. This reduces its capacity to hold moisture, making the eye area more prone to dryness.

Being vulnerable, the skin in the eye area is more susceptible to external damages from the sun, excessive rubbing, harsh products and many others. Internal medical conditions such as eczema can also affect the skin on your face, which includes the skin covering the eye area.

According to Ayurvedic science, our health and body functions are governed by three bodily humours or Doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. When in equilibrium, these Dosha ensure good health and smooth functioning of your body systems. However, an aggravation of any of these Doshas can put your body into a state of disease.

A vitiation of the Vata and Pitta Doshas can increase dryness and heat in your body, leading to the occurrence of dry skin around the eyes and other areas of the body. For this reason, people who have a Vata dominant ‘Prakriti’ or body constitution are more prone to dry skin problems.

Swimming for long hours without protecting your eyes can leave your eyes and the skin around them feeling dry, itchy and dehydrated. Chlorine in swimming pools suck out essential moisture from your skin and can be a cause for dry skin.

What Causes Dry Skin Around The Eyes?

1. Dry Weather

Dry weather is one major culprit that leaves your skin devoid of moisture. Being thin, the skin around your eyes is most affected by weather changes. This includes spending long hours in air-conditioned places. High temperatures like hot showers can also rob your skin of essential oils that keep it hydrated otherwise.

2. Dehydration

One cannot stress more on the importance of fulfilling the daily water requirement for healthy, glowing skin. Dehydrated skin looks dry and damaged as cells that make up your skin lack enough fluid.

3. Epidermal Barrier Damage

Skin conditions like Xerosis Cutis can damage the skin barrier which prevents excess trans-epidermal water loss. With a damaged epidermal barrier, the skin under your eyes can easily become dry and dull. With age there is a natural depletion of the lipid matrix which makes the epidermal barrier weak. This is why dry skin and wrinkles around the eyes are common in old age.

4. Vitamin B Deficiency

Poor nutrition, especially a deficiency in Vitamin B [1] can cause serious skin damage. Proper intake of Vitamin B enhances cell turnover rate and boosts collagen which in turn prevents acne, dry skin, wrinkles and premature skin ageing.

5. Harsh Skincare Products

One cardinal rule of skincare that most of us ignore is that not all body care products are made for the under eye area. The skin around your eyes is more soft and thin compared to any other part of your body. Harsh products that contain chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrances and colours may irritate the eye area.

Moisturizers and creams that are heavy and contain ingredients like mineral oil can block the pores around your eyes, leading to the occurrence of milia and dry skin.

6. Excess Use Of Make-Up

Overuse of concealers, foundations and eye makeup can dry out the skin around your eyes. It can also lead to blocked pores and skin damage.

7. Atopic Dermatitis

atopic eczema around the eye

Atopic dermatitis [2] is a chronic skin condition characterized by dry, flaky patches of skin, inflammation and redness. People diagnosed with atopic dermatitis may also develop these symptoms around their eyes and on the eyelids. An added layer of hard, dry skin can cover the under-eye area. There is no known permanent cure for atopic dermatitis, but the condition can be kept under control by avoiding the trigger factors.

8. Psoriasis Around The Eyes

Psoriasis is an auto-immune skin condition that causes your skin cells to multiply at an abnormal rate. This leads to the build-up of dead cells that have the appearance of hard, crusty plaques on your skin. Dry skin due to psoriasis on the eyelids and around the eyes can also affect your vision.

9. Contact Dermatitis

man with eczema problem around eyes

Contact dermatitis is a condition that makes your skin sensitive to certain allergens. Contact with these skin irritants can result in an allergic reaction that looks like red, inflamed dry patches or bumps on your skin. Soaps, shampoos, skincare products or eye makeup can trigger contact dermatitis around your eyes.

10. Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis [3] is basically dandruff that often affects the scalp. Thought to be a skin condition caused by Malassezia yeast, seborrheic dermatitis can also affect areas on the forehead, around the eyes and eyelids. This can cause inflammation, redness and flaky, dry skin in the eye area.

11. Blepharitis

woman’s eye with swelling on eye lids

People suffering from this condition experience swelling of the eyelids as one of the major symptoms. Blepharitis [4] also causes dandruff like dry scales on the eyelids. Considered to be a condition triggered by bacteria, Blepharitis can be treated by antibiotics eye drops.

12. Metabolic Problems

According to naturopathy, the health of your organs can be determined through a diagnosis of different parts of your face. It is believed that the under- eye area is linked to your metabolic health and shows the condition of your liver, kidney and stomach. Dry skin around your eyes can indicate metabolic disorders such as kidney problems, diabetes and others.

13. Sun Damage

Since the skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, it is more susceptible to UV ray damage from excess sun exposure. Free radical damage caused by UV ray exposure is quite difficult to alter and is best prevented.

14. Friction

Frequent rubbing, improper makeup application and removal practices can all give you dry skin around the eyes. With the presence of many capillaries flowing over the eyelids and in the under-eye area, the skin here tends to be quite sensitive and prone to easy damage.

Symptoms Of Dry Skin Around The Eyes

  • Dry flakes on the eyelids
  • Wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes
  • Inflammation in eye area
  • Scaly patches under the eyes or over the eyelids
  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Discomfort in the eyes
  • Tightness around the eyes

How To Treat Dry Skin Around Your Eyes?

A. Natural Ways

1. Milk Cleansing

Using milk to clean the eye area is a great way to unclog pores and remove dead, dry skin. Lactic acid in milk does not irritate the fine skin around your eyes and is generally considered a safe method of cleansing.

2. Moisturizing

After cleaning the area, moisturising is a priority. Choose a non-comedogenic, herbal eye cream that is infused with natural hydrating ingredients to treat dry skin around your eyes. Heavy mineral oil based creams are better avoided as they block the skin leading to puffiness or milia.

3. Apply Sunscreen

Protect the skin around your eyes from sun damage, which plays a major role in giving you dry skin. Apply a non-comedogenic sunscreen and wear sunglasses for double protection.

4. Hydrating Diet

The importance of a balanced diet to achieve healthy skin cannot be less stressed upon. Remember to keep yourself adequately hydrated and include healthy fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Also make sure to include lots of Vitamin A, B, C, D and E in your diet to battle various skin ageing problems.

B. Home Remedies

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is super rich in terpenes, a compound that works miracles on skin affected by inflammation, sensitivity, dryness and wrinkles. Tea tree oil soothes irritated skin and also helps to boost collagen production in your skin. Its antioxidant properties also fish out free radicals, making your skin look healthier with regular application.

2. Green Or Black Tea Bags

woman with green tea bag under eyes

Tea extracts are a common ingredient in most of the eye creams. Thanks to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties! Both green and black tea contain flavonoids that boost skin health and prevent skin ageing problems. Brew some tea and apply on the dry areas with a cotton wool. You can also dip tea bags in lukewarm water, cool them and apply over and around your eyes to treat dry skin.

3. Honey

The hydrating, antimicrobial nature of honey makes it a perfect natural moisturizer for treating dry skin around the eyes and eyelids. Honey acts as an emollient and prevents loss of essential oils from damaged skin. Being antimicrobial, it is safe to be used on skin infections that affect the eye area.

4. Ghee

The application of pure ghee to treat dry skin is a practised method in Ayurveda. Rich in Omega fatty acids and essential vitamins, ghee moisturizes your skin and fights dry skin and all other signs of ageing.

5. Shea Butter

Shea butter's amazing hydrating potential makes it a popular ingredient in many eye creams and moisturizers. It softens, hydrates and nourishes damaged skin. Applying a small amount regularly can quickly heal dry skin around the eyes.

6. Cucumber, Avocado And Mint Eye Pack

To rejuvenate and hydrate the skin around your eyes, make an eye pack with cucumber, avocado and mint. Both cucumber and mint have a cooling effect and prevents redness, inflammation and itch. Rich in Vitamin B and E, avocado heals dry skin and strengthens your skin barrier.

How To Use

  • Blend a cucumber, a ripe avocado and about 15 mint leaves.
  • Apply the pack on the dry skin around your eyes.
  • Wash off after 20 mins.

7. Soy Milk, Almond And Coconut Cream Eye Pack

A great source of vitamins and potassium, soy milk easily penetrates into your skin and hydrates it from within. Both almond and coconut cream are rich in Vitamin E that helps build your skin’s immunity and heal dry skin.

How To Use

  • Take the soft pulp of a tender coconut and put it into a blender along with 10 almonds.
  • Add soy milk.
  • Apply the pack on the dry areas around your eyes and leave it on for 20 mins and wash off.

“Excluding excess sugar and salt from your diet, eating high amounts of Vitamin E rich foods and including healthy fats like ghee and nuts can go a long way in healing the dryness from the inside out,” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.

C. Ayurvedic Remedies

Ayurveda focuses on herbal treatments that balance both the Vata and Pitta Doshas and thereby holistically treat the condition of dry skin. However, it is important that you visit your Ayurvedic doctor for a complete diagnosis of your Doshas to know if a medical condition is behind the occurrence of your dry skin.

1. Essential Ayurvedic Oils To Treat Dry Skin Around The Eyes

Gently massage a few drops of essential oil around the eye area twice daily to heal damaged, dry skin, boost healthy Kapha and improve blood circulation in the eye area.

A. Benefits Of Almond Oil

  • Rich in the antioxidant Vitamin E that repairs damaged skin.
  • Hydrating properties rejuvenate dry skin.
  • Balances both Vata and Pitta Doshas.

B. Benefits Of Sesame Oil

  • Reduces dry skin induced inflammation.
  • Contains skin repairing Vitamin E and phenolic compounds.
  • Essential fatty acids that prevent provide deep nourishment to dry skin.
  • Prevents infections caused by bacteria and fungus.
  • Balances the Vata Dosha.

C. Benefits Of Jojoba Oil

  • Safe for sensitive skin
  • Prevents loss of essential moisture from the surface of your skin
  • Antibacterial
  • Rich in Vitamin E that fights free radical cell damage.
  • Soothes dry skin, eczema.
  • Balances Vata and Pitta Doshas.

D. Benefits Of Sariva Oil [5]

  • Ayurvedic treatment for various skin diseases, including dry skin around the eyes and eyelids, eczema, psoriasis.
  • Soothes skin irritations like itching.
  • Rich in skin benefitting natural acids, tannins, saponins and terpenes.
  • Balances all three Doshas.

2. Ayurvedic Lepas

The application of herbal lepas or packs is an age old method of treating skin diseases in Ayurveda. The powerful herbal concoctions help heal the condition and balance your Doshas to prevent the issue from recurring.

A. Brahmi

Brahmi is used in a number of Ayurvedic treatments for its hydrating and healing properties. It heals dry, flaky skin and prevents sensitivity. It effectively balances Vata and Pitta Doshas.

How To Use Brahmi

Brahmi powder is available in all Ayurvedic stores. Mix it with honey or ghee and apply on the affected areas. Wash off after 20 minutes of application.

B. Bakuchi

Owing to its ‘Kusthaghna’ or skin healing properties, Bakuchi lepa helps prevent various skin problems like eczema, infections and dry skin around the eyes and other parts of the body. It also prevents hyperpigmentation or scarring caused by dry skin conditions. It soothes your aggravated skin and actively prevents signs of ageing.

How To Use Bakuchi

Make a lepa by mixing Bakuchi paste with lukewarm water/ honey/ aloe vera gel and apply on the affected areas. Wash off after 15 to 20 minutes of application.

C. Shatavari

Shatavari is known for its amazing anti-ageing properties. It effectively gets rid of wrinkles, fine lines and dry skin around the eyes. Shatavari contains powerful antioxidants that boost your skin’s immunity.

How To Use Shatavari

Mix Shatavari powder with a few drops of coconut oil and apply on the affected areas. Wash off after 10 to 15 minutes.

D. Tulsi

Tulsi is a medicinal plant known for its antimicrobial properties. It prevents the dry skin around the eyes from becoming an easy target for pathogens. The essential oils in tulsi hydrate and moisturize the skin and quicken the healing process.

How To Use Tulsi

Take 15 to 20 tulsi leaves directly from the plant. Blend them and add honey and apply on the dry skin around your eyes. Wash off after 15 to 20 minutes.

E. Japa

Japa or hibiscus is high in mucilage content which deeply moisturizes dry skin around the eyes. It has excellent collagen boosting properties and is a known anti-ageing treatment.

How To Use Japa

Take 5 to 6 red hibiscus flower petals. Mash them and add a few drops of coconut oil or aloe vera gel and apply on the dry skin around your eyes. Wash off after 20 to 25 minutes of application.

F. Coriander

Coriander has amazing skin benefitting properties. Rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin B9 or folate and beta-carotene, it can treat a number of skin issues such as dry skin, eczema, acne, and pigmentation. Coriander is also anti-microbial and protects your skin against infections.

How To Use Coriander

Blend a bunch of coriander leaves and stems. Apply this paste around your eyes and leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off for fresh, hydrated skin.

G. Kumari

The benefits of Kumari or aloe vera for skin require no introduction. It is a great natural moisturizer and sunscreen for dry, sun damaged skin. Aloin in aloe vera is a de-pigmenting compound that prevents the occurrence of scars from dry skin.

How To Use Kumari

Kumari is available in gel form in any Ayurvedic store. It can also be extracted from a plant cutting and applied on the dry skin around your eyes and eyelids. You can use it as an overnight treatment or wash off after 20 minutes.

H. Kamala

Kamala or lotus helps improve the overall health and texture of the dry skin around your eyes. It has hydrating, cooling, depigmenting and antimicrobial properties that can treat various skin conditions such as acne, dry skin, infections and minor conditions of eczema and melasma.

How To Use Kamala

Mix Lotus powder with rose water or aloe vera gel and apply on the affected areas. Wash off after 20 minutes.

I. Usheera

Usheera is an ancient anti-ageing herb that helps boost collagen and repair skin barrier impairments. Frequent usage of Usheera as a lepa can prevent dry skin around the eyes and improve skin elasticity and softness.

How To Use Usheera

Mix Usheera powder with honey/ ghee/ coconut oil or aloe vera gel and apply to the affected areas. Wash off after 20 minutes.

3. Face Yoga

Ayurveda recommends the practice of face yoga regularly to keep your skin young and glowing. Face yoga improves subcutaneous blood to the skin around your eyes and enhances moisture, oxygen and nutrition supply to these areas. It also prevents wrinkles, fine lines, dry skin around the eyes and mouth and improves your skin’s elasticity and health.

4. Nasya

The Ayurvedic method of Nasya which involves administering ghee or medicated oils through the nasal cavity is an excellent way to revive dry skin. Putting two drops of coconut oil or ghee in each nostril before bedtime can pacify Vata Pitta aggravations and keep the skin around your eyes wrinkle free.

“Anjana or using a ghee-based eye salve on the lower eye margin is excellent to prevent dryness around the eyes. A few drops of Castor oil before bedtime around the eyes also keeps the skin moist,” adds Dr. Zeel.

D. Topical Treatments

woman applying cream around the eyes

Topical treatments can be prescribed after a diagnosis of the real condition that is causing dry skin around your eyes and on the eyelids. Since these are not natural treatments, doctor consultation is advised before applying any of the below mentioned ointments or medicines. OTC topical treatments may have side effects if not used with caution.

1. Urea Creams

To treat extremely dry skin around the eyes due to eczema, xerosis cutis, sunburns, your doctor may prescribe urea creams [6]. The concentration of urea is determined judging from the severity of your skin’s condition.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid serums and eye gels improve your skin moisture retention abilities. Regular application keeps skin ageing, wrinkles and dry skin around the eyes at bay. Your skin feels softer, hydrated and more pumped. However, it is better to apply hyaluronic acid on damp skin and follow it up with a moisturizer.

3. Niacinamide Creams

Niacinamide ointments and creams provide relief from several minor skin issues such as acne, erythema, inflammation and dry skin around the eyes caused by eczema. It also moisturizes and improves the overall appearance and physiology of your skin.

4. Other Treatments

If your dry skin is caused by allergic reactions, then antihistamine topical medical medicine will prove to be effective. In skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis which cause inflammation along with dry skin, hydrocortisone ointments may be prescribed.

Vedix Tip: Keep rose water in a spray bottle and spray it on your face and around your eyes for immediate hydration and a refreshing feel.

Tips To Prevent Dry Skin Around Your Eyes

1. Clean the skin around your eyes with a gentle cleanser. Opt for hydrating cleansers that don’t leave your skin feeling dry after a wash.

2. Use cold or lukewarm water for showers. Avoid hot showers to prevent dry skin.

3. Apply cold compresses to soothe the skin around your eyes. It relaxes fatigued eyes, reduces inflammation and itchiness and adds necessary moisture to your skin.

4. Use herbal skincare products that are non-comedogenic to prevent chances of acne and milia. Avoid products that have harsh chemicals.

5. Moisturize the area around your eyes twice daily. Use hydrating, herb infused eye gels and creams that are not too heavy for the fine skin surrounding your eyes. Overnight hydrating masks and treatment are also a good option for rejuvenating dry skin.

6. Minimize your eye make-up. Use herbal make-up products that don’t irritate the skin around your eyes. Make sure to remove your make-up, clean and moisturize the skin before going to bed.

7. Use a sunscreen to protect the skin around your eyes. Wear sunglasses to prevent sun damage induced dry skin.

8. Drink lots of fluids. Include vitamins, proteins and antioxidant rich foods in your diet. Stay away from unhealthy, processed foods.

9. Live stress free. Stress causes the rise of cortisol and adrenaline hormones which rob your skin of its youthful glow.

10. Make sure to get adequate sleep. A good sleep promotes good digestion and allows your body to derive maximum benefit from the food you eat. Medical research also admits the need of sleep for faster skin renewal and healing.

How Long Does Dry Skin Around The Eyes Last?

Healing of dry skin around your eyes depends on what is causing it. Minor issues like dehydration, climate changes can be easily reversed in a week or two through adequate moisturization and care. Conditions like contact dermatitis will begin to improve once the irritant causing the dry skin is stopped. However, in case of dry skin around the eyes caused by eczema and other chronic skin conditions, the symptoms may last longer or reoccur.

When Should You See A Doctor?

Medical advice should be sought if the dry skin around your eyes refuses to heal with herbal treatments. Also, if the condition is accompanied by serious symptoms like inflammation, severe sensitivity or if it spreads to the other facial areas.

The Last Word

A good herbal skincare routine goes a long way when it comes to treating dry skin around your eyes. Using natural moisturizers like aloe vera, essential oils, ghee and honey as overnight treatments helps repair your skin barrier and prevents the loss of essential moisture from the surface of your skin. Couple it with a good meal, adequate sleep and lots of fluid intake to notice visible improvement in your skin’s texture and health.

At Vedix, we evaluate your skin’s health and needs at first and then suggest you a customized skincare regimen to address your concerns.

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