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How to Improve Dry Skin Under the Eyes

author image Kimberly Johnson
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.
How to Improve Dry Skin Under the Eyes
Young man applying cream underneath his eyes. Photo Credit: Mike Watson Images/moodboard/Getty Images

Your eyes are the windows to your soul, so don't let dry under-eye skin pull focus away from them. Dry skin that occurs under the eyes occurs frequently because the area of skin is naturally thinner and contains no oil glands. Under-eye dryness can also be caused by harsh facial creams or even drying makeup products such as concealer. No matter the cause, a few intensive moisturizing treatments are all it takes to get rid of the flakes.

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Step 1

Purchase a bottle of eye cream that contains one or more of the following ingredients: ceramides, vitamin B3 or shea butter. Look for a cream that has a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 to protect against ultraviolet rays. The cream should also be unscented, as scent could irritate the sensitive skin in this area.

Step 2

Wash your face using a mild cleanser, massaging your skin gently for 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse your face with warm, not hot, water and pat it dry gently.

Step 3

Apply a pea-sized amount of eye cream to your palm.

Step 4

Rub the cream vigorously with your fingers for five seconds to warm it up. This makes it more comfortable to apply and activates the key ingredients.

Step 5

Dab the cream gently onto the skin under your eyes using only the tip of your ring finger. Follow the round orbital bone at the base of the eye socket as you apply the cream. Following this bone prevents the cream from getting in your eyes, which can cause stinging and redness. Reapply the eye cream again at night before bed.

Step 6

Dab a pea-sized amount of a natural oil -- such as grape seed or vitamin E -- over the under-eye area at night after you have allowed the eye cream to dry. Both oils can be purchased at health food stores, and vitamin E capsules are available at any store that sells vitamins. Grape seed oil also helps to reduce wrinkles, as well as moisturize.

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