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How to Look After Sensitive, Allergy-Prone Eyes in 3 Easy Steps

How to Look After Sensitive, Allergy-Prone Eyes in 3 Easy Steps

Due to the delicate nature of the skin around eyes, sensitive and allergy-prone eyes are a common complaint. Ultra-fine, the eye contour lacks the same natural barrier protection as other facial skin, making it more susceptible to dehydration and irritation from cosmetics, skincare and environmental allergens. In turn, this dry, itchy feeling often leads to rubbing, triggering further inflammation, redness and discomfort.


Thankfully, whether your eye sensitivity is seasonal or chronic, due to genetics, hayfever, or the wrong product use, you CAN break this vicious cycle. Read on for three essential steps to improve the life of your sensitive or allergy-prone eyes.

1. Know & Avoid Your Triggers

Paper-thin and easily penetrable, the eye contour is a vulnerable target for potential irritants. If you suffer from eye sensitivity or allergies, it’s therefore important to identify your triggers – from pet dander to dust, pollen or fragrance – and minimise your exposure.


Start by keeping your home clean and dust-free, and laundering your linen regularly. If springtime is accompanied by itchy, watery eyes, stay inside on high pollen count days and wear sunglasses to shield against both irritants and damaging UV rays. It’s also essential that you read product labels and pinpoint your individual ingredient triggers where applicable.

2. Choose Soothing, Targeted Skincare

Just as the wrong choice of skincare can exacerbate sensitivity, the right skincare will soothe the delicate eye area and improve the skin’s barrier function. Meaning both instant relief, and reduced sensitivity in the long term.


Tolerance tested on eczema and allergy-prone skin, Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour addresses the needs of the ultra-sensitive eye area in several ways. Light yet hydrating, the silky formula replenishes lost moisture as active ingredient Neurosensine™ targets the process of skin irritation and soothes discomfort. Meanwhile, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) strengthens the skin’s barrier and selenium-rich La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water helps calm the skin.


Free from alcohol, fragrance, colourants, lanolin and parabens, ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact lens wearers, Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour provides welcome respite for puffiness and irritation, with an anti-friction texture that prevents rubbing and further aggravation. It is also  ophthalmologist tested.

3. Opt for Allergy-Tested Eye Make-up

Always ensure your eye makeup is within its expiry date, and throw out old makeup after 6 month. 100% allergy-tested, La Roche-Posay Respectissime is formulated specifically for sensitive, intolerant and allergy-prone eyes, including contact lens wearers and also suitable for nickel allergies. Fragrance-free and ophthalmologist tested, Respectissime Volume Mascara is formulated at the same pH level as tears to minimise the risk of irritation, and fortified with ceramide and carnauba wax to boost lash volume.

To avoid waking up with red, irritated eyes, ensure you always remove eye make-up before bed. As rubbing can often cause further irritation, opt for an allergy-tested formula that is gentle, yet effective. Respectissime Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover thoroughly cleanses the eye contour of even waterproof makeup, without unnecessary friction.

Follow these steps for healthier, happier eyes, and visit the website to find further information on Toleriane and Respectissime products for sensitive, allergy-prone skin.

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