The Beautiful Skin Blog

Healthy skin tip #10: Don't rub your eyes!

Your facial skin is sensitive. That goes double for the skin around your eyes.

Too much rubbing of this skin causes wear and tear! Stop rubbing or scratching around your eyes, look better.

 

Sounds so simple, right?

But okay, why do we rub our eyes in the first place?!

  1. You're tired. We think you know the solution to this one – get consistent sleep!
  2. You're stressed. Different people find different solutions to stress and worry. We like yoga. Find the approach that works for you – it's important to manage your stress.
  3. You're allergic. Often we think of allergies causing nasal problems, but you can have specific eye allergies that might not affect your sinuses. If itchy eyes are a big problem for you, ask your doctor about testing for allergies.

Stay on top of these three issues and you'll help not only your skin but your overall health as well!

 

Want more tips on keeping your face looking its very best? We're collecting ideas big and small – check it out!

 

All your skincare questions in one place!

How does my diet affect my skin?

How often should I wash my face?

What *really* causes acne?

What cosmetic ingredients are good or bad?

So many questions. You'll be happy to know we've answered these and many more in our awesome (if we do say so ourselves) Frequently-Asked-Questions article:

The clean and healthy face: Your ultimate skincare FAQ.

It's fun and easy to read – plus we've organized it so you can quickly find the answers to your most pressing skincare issues!

A great resource: the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

You know the drill – you're standing at the makeup counter, buying online, considering a purchase wherever – and you find some really mysterious gibberish on the label.

"What the heck is Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate?" you ask yourself. "Is that something I really want to put on my skin?"

Great question. And here's a wonderful resource for finding your answer: The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database.

Search by ingredient and you'll find what it is, products that use it, and how safe it is on a scale of 1 to 10, based on published scientific studies. The database offers good details about any concerns or use restrictions, and indicated when its conclusions are based on limited data.

For example: Propylparaben is used in some acne-fighting products. It rates a full 10 on the hazard scale.

Search for a product and you'll find a list of all the ingredients, each rated individually for safety, yielding an overall safety profile for the product.

The EWG also offers a mobile app so you can have the database handy at any time!

 

Speaking of labels, we've already told you that the terms "noncomedogenic" and "hypoallergenic" are great ideas, but don't really promise you anything…

What does the word "hypoallergenic" really mean?

Allergies can make life really difficult. If you suffer from allergies – whether to food, cosmetics, dust or something else – a product labeled "hypoallergenic" might sound like it will make your life easier.

And it might. Hypoallergenic products claim to cause fewer allergic reactions, and often they are created without use of specific allergens.

However, there is no standard, regulation or requirement that companies must meet in order to use this word in product labeling. It's like the word "noncomedogenic" in this way.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tried off-and-on to regulate use of the word hypoallergenic, but cosmetic companies have blocked that effort so far.

 

What ingredients do cause allegic reactions?

So what common cosmetic and skincare ingredients should you avoid? Marie Claire and OrganicConsumers.org have useful lists, which include parabens (such as methyl, butyl, and ethyl hydroxybenzoate), Germall I and II (which are trade names for Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea), petrolatum, and retinoids.

- Parabens are used to preserve shelf life of cosmetics, but they can cause rashes.
- Germalls are also a preservative but the American Academy of Dermatologists finds they can cause contact dermatitis.
- Petrolatum is a cheap ingredient found in many lip balms – it contains mineral oil, which makes you more sensitive to sun damage and interferes with your skin's ability to moisturize itself.
- Retinol is very popular. Check out this quote from the Marie Claire article: "Most dermatologists will concur that despite a laundry list of antiaging and acne-fighting benefits, retinoids are also a classic irritant."

A sneaky cause of allergic reactions can be found in nail polish ingredients like phthalates and formaldehyde – the tougher skin of your hands may not show a reaction, but touching your fingers to your sensitive face can cause skin irritation.

And if you have nut allergies, shea butter can cause a reaction as well!

 

As you would expect, Cor Silver Skincare products don't contain any of those allergy-causing ingredients.