Eyelids may become dry as a result of cold weather, a reaction to skin products or makeup, or a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis. Symptoms of dry eyelids include redness, itching, tightness and flaking of the skin. Before treating the eyelids, it's important to establish what is causing the problem. If you suspect it may be a dry or allergic skin condition, seek advice from your doctor or a qualified dermatologist. If you simply have very sensitive skin, this delicate area will benefit from a mild, soothing, natural treatment. It's important not to use anything harsh on this fragile part of your face, so when applying products always use a gentle touch and avoid rubbing or pulling the skin.
Applying a compress to the eyelids three times daily will soothe the skin and gently loosen any flakes. Immersing a clean, soft facecloth in warm water for a few minutes, wringing it out and placing it over closed eyes for ten minutes should produce quick results. The process can be reduced to once per day as soon as the condition of skin on the eyelids starts to improve. Two cotton wool pads, moistened with warm water, will have a similar effect.
A very gentle scrub will deep cleanse your eyelids and soften any stubborn patches of dry skin. Diluting a small amount of organic baby shampoo in warm water and carefully applying it to the area with a cotton bud using gentle circular motions will help remove flakes and moisturise the skin. It's important to follow this with a thorough rinse to remove all traces of shampoo.
A few drops of avocado oil will help to soothe and soften dry eyelids. Using clean fingertips, gently pat the oil across the eyelids and on the skin around the eyes. Doing this every morning and evening will moisturise the skin and help reduce redness and irritation.
Keeping certain products away from your eyelids may be the solution if your skin is particularly sensitive. Avoid applying makeup to your eyelids while they are dry, red or irritated. When they have healed, use organic makeup free from parabens. If any product appears to trigger the dryness again, stop using it immediately. Expensive eye creams may claim to improve the skin around the eyes, but these often contain chemicals that can irritate this delicate area. Keeping your hands and face scrupulously clean will keep dirt, dust and bacteria away from your eyelids.