Have you noticed how a lot of skincare products, including those that are specifically designed for the eye area, have stated on the labels they aren’t recommended for use on the upper lids? Many of us ignore this advice, thinking the upper lids need to be moisturized too, without experiencing any problems at all, yet others aren’t so lucky and realised that, after all, there is a good reason why that’s not recommended. So, what is it?
Why you shouldn’t apply skincare products on the upper lids
Applying skincare products on the upper lids is not recommended simply because, during the course of the day, and especially if you sweat, they can slide down the skin and end up into the eye, irritating it. Ouch! Only if your upper lids are dry, you would need to apply a lotion to keep them moisturized. In that case, choose a basic and mild moisturizer (one without exfoliants, retinoids, fragrance and any other ingredients that may cause irritations) and apply only a small amount.
What about sunscreen?
We all know how important it is to wear sunscreen daily, but, if some of it has ever gotten into your eyes, you know how much that can sting. I’ve always been wary of applying sunscreen on the upper lids for this reason and so I was relieved when I heard that dermatologist Dr Neal Schultz doesn’t recommend it either. Dr Schultz points out how, when we have our eyes open (and there really isn’t any reason to close them, unless you want to sleep), most of the skin of your upper lid is “retracted underneath another piece of skin and the little part that is showing, it’s actually shadowed and protected by the bone up here which is also the orbital bone.” Because of it, the upper lids don’t get much sun exposure at all, so sunscreen isn’t needed. If you want to protect this delicate area from the sun, wearing a pair of sunglasses when outside would be a better option.
The Bottom Line
Unless you have dry lids that need to be moisturized, it’s best to avoid applying skincare products (sunscreen included) on this delicate area because the risk of them ending up into, and irritating, the eyes is pretty high. If you must, choose a very mild product and apply only a tiny amount. And, when outside, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun.
Do you apply skincare products on your upper lids?