Avoid applying on eye area: ignore or follow?

Instructions on most skin care products tell us to avoid applying such products on our eye area. This is due to safety reasons to avoid seepage into our eyes. In addition, the skin around our eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on our face and hence, more sensitive. As such, extra care needs to be taken when choosing a skincare product for this area and most often than not, it is better to use dedicated products created for the eye area. However, does this mean that we definitely can’t use our toners, serums and moisturizers around our eye area?

Avoid using harsh ingredients that can irritate eye area
Personally, I use my toner, serum and sunscreen on my eye area even though I use an eye gel. Because the products I use are natural and contain mostly non-irritating ingredients, I am less worried about using them around my eye area. In fact, I have even used vitamin C serums around my eye area, although it is typically not recommended as it may cause reddening for some people. My rationale for using such products is because I want my eye area to enjoy the antioxidant benefits. However, if you’re using products containing Retin-A for example, you probably want to steer clear of the entire eye area when applying due to the potential side effects like flaking and peeling.

Avoid applying creamy and oily products to the eye area
I avoid using my moisturizer around my eye area though. This is because I’m fearful of developing milia seeds. Although some experts like Paula Begoun have claimed that it’s fine to use facial moisturizers on our eye area, I think it is better to exercise caution in this regards. It might work if your product is oil free. As for facial oils, I do use them on my eye area although I wouldn’t dab the oil directly, except on the outer area with crow’s feet wrinkles. What I do is to bring the oil gently over my eye area when applying.

Avoid exfoliators and face masks around the eyes
It is common sense to avoid exfoliating your eye area unless you do not care for wrinkles or the scrub beads getting into your eyes. The same applies to face masks as most of them tend to be too concentrated in terms of the ingredient mix. I would however, make an exception to sheet masks, as those are not in creamy form and the serum can even be dabbed around the eye area after usage – unless it contains any harsh ingredients.

Exercise caution and discretion
However, having said all that, please check your own eye condition. If you have sensitive eyes, then it’s better to avoid all such products altogether as they may potentially irritate your eyes due to seepage. If you are a contact lens wearer, it’s also best to avoid products containing oil as the oil not only sticks to the lens causing blurred vision, but can also cause permanent staining.

Question for today: do you follow instructions stated on your skin care products strictly and avoid applying them to your eye area?


  1. VeiraLing says:

    Generally…I dont even read the instructions :X but usually would avoid eye area with the exceptions to toner/eye cream & a little mosturizer for the outter corner (it seems very dry).

  2. Sherry says:

    oh nice, I seen my friend apply mask on face now must tell her NO

  3. sesame says:

    Haha…not reading the instructions is quite understandable.

  4. sesame says:

    Different skin condition will react differently but generally, if the mask is hydrating sort, it could be creamy and too much for the eye area. Or masks that dry up are definitely not suitable for the eye area.

  5. Raelynn says:

    i usually ignore for sunscreens, although i might suffer the stinging that comes with it sometimes if the sunscreen contains unfriendly ingredients. for moisturizers, because the cream moisturizer is already diluted down (i dilute with 100% pure’s white tea toner or the moisturizer is too heavy), after applying on my chest, neck and face area, there’s barely anything that’s on the eyes. i find that some scrubs and purifying masks can help remove congestion in my under eye area though, but i will have to make sure i moisturize.

  6. pf1123 says:

    I’m in a dilemma. Not sure if I want to do that. Sometimes doing that and sometimes. don’t. Haha…so the fine lines at my undereye just gets more and more define. Sighhh…

  7. stella says:

    i don’t coz i’ve sensitive eyes, they will sting if i don’t use a suitable product near them

  8. yay says:

    normally i don’t put around my eye unless it’s eye cream…but i been avoiding even eye cream lately…i got those white head or something similar to that around my eyes areas if i use cream…

  9. sesame says:

    You use scrubs on your undereye area? A bit tricky isn’t it but I guess you know how to handle it appropriately.

  10. sesame says:

    I would say for serums, it’ll be good to use them around your eye area unless you find that they irritate your eyes or something. You’re still young so it’s possible to arrest some of those fine lines.

  11. sesame says:

    Ah…so it’s better to be careful with what you use around there. I know some pple have eyes that itch badly using the wrong products.

  12. sesame says:

    What about eye gel? Would they work better for you?

  13. Crow says:

    Funny timing for this…I just developed what i think is a stye in the fold of my eye. Ugg not sure if its from the face oils or ??? Id like to treat it organically!

  14. fwy says:

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    The Ion Orchard store has the leggings, tops, camisoles, rompers and bags. They are giving away pocket mirrors of various designs with every purchase.

  15. CT says:

    I used separate products for my eye and face area except for cleanser. Quite a routine everyday, takes me almost 30 mins to finish applying serum, moisturiser, sunblock etc from head to toes. Anyway, Seasme a quick question do you have any idea does hot compress over the eye lids everyday causes dark circles?

  16. sesame says:

    Oh, that’s fun stuff! Thanks for sharing the info!

  17. sesame says:

    I don’t think it will promote dark circles – in fact it’s said to sooth and help – but it shouldn’t be too hot either and probably not every day.

  18. Hala says:

    I’ve been wondering this for quote som time now but what about toners and serums? Is it okay for them to touch the eye area?

  19. Mr Hekmat Safarpoor says:

    I am confused. Please give me a yes or no response. Can we use sunscreen around the eyes? If not how can we protect the thin skin around eyes from UV rays?

  20. Yameen shirazi says:

    Hello, There Are Sun Screen Products For Eyes Also, Like: Innisfree. Besides You Can Use Sunglasses because, It Not Just Protect Your Eye Orbit Area But Also It Will Protect Your Eyes Also.

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