How to look after your eyes in winter
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While we moisturise our skin and try to protect it from winter weather, we often forget the cold and wind can take its toll on our eyes. Dry eye is a common condition in winter, causing tired-looking and irritated eyes. Luckily there are things we can do to stay bright-eyed this season
Cold weather and drying radiator heat can lead to dehydration and fatigue and we often underestimate the impact this can have on our eyes, with redness, dryness and a feeling of grittiness common. Regular tea and coffee count towards your fluid intake, but caffeinated versions shouldn’t make up your full quota, so try swapping for a hot water with a squeeze of lemon or fresh mint for a refreshing, hydrating boost. Resting a warm flannel over your eyes for 10 minutes will also help to release hydrating oils.
Wind can cause tears to form that run off our eyes rather than hydrating them. Finding an eye drop that is preservative free such as Hycosan Fresh for mild dry eye (£8.99, Boots) can help to prevent and treat watery and irritated eyes. It’s suitable for wearers of contact lens and contains all-natural ingredients including euphrasia, a plant-based extract shown to reduce irritation, and sodium hyaluronate, which is known for its hydrating properties, ensuring eyes stay lubricated for longer.
Make-up is one of the worst offenders for irritating eyes and the delicate skin around them. Using hypoallergenic and ophthalmologist-tested products can help, as well as cream eye shadows instead of powders. Using a specialised wipe to remove eye makeup is also key to preventing irritation. Try OcuSoft Plus, a moisturising and antibacterial formula that effectively removes oil, debris, make-up and dead skin cells from the eyelids (£9.99, from Boots).