Even if the sun isn’t blazing down on you during winter months, it’s still important to protect the delicate skin around your eyes, and the reason why it’s important to do so is simple. The sun emits damaging UV rays 365 days a week. Just because you can’t physically see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t wreaking havoc on your skin. In fact, skin can still be burned during the winter (if you’ve ever been skiing and come home to a sunburn, you know exactly what we’re talking about).
Protecting the eye area during the dead of winter necessitates a two-prong approach. First, you need to keep the area hydrated so that any dryness in the air (or from artificial heat) doesn’t zap all the moisture out of your skin. When that’s the case, lines and wrinkles will only become more accentuated. Our pick: Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex ($42), which moisturizes with botanicals and also brightens the eye area. You’ll also need to apply sunscreen to the area daily, too. Make sure to use one that’s safe for use around the eyes, like La Prairie’s Ultra Protection Stick Eye Lip Nose ($75)—it comes in stick form instead of a lotion or cream and is less likely to travel into your eyes and irritate them, a definite plus.
Last but not least, throw on a big pair of good sunglasses. They’ll help block your eyes from the sun so you’re less likely to squint and develop crow’s-feet, which no one wants!
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