I am prone to sensitive eyes so have to be careful what I apply to them and what I use to remove eye makeup… I thought it might be useful to share some favourite products - that soothe rather than irritate my eyes.
Naked Skin Blinking Lovely, Liz Earle Eyebright and Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water are all water based, so basically they look and feel a bit like toner. This is my favourite consistency as the lack of cream or oil = less chance of irritation in my experience. Vichy Purete Thermal Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is oil based, but doesn’t irritate.
Naked Skin Blinking Lovely is a recent and very welcome discovery. Clinically tested for sensitive skin, it contains witch hazel and aloe vera to cool and soothe, is dermatologically tested and fragrance & alcohol free. I find this really refreshing to use and it removes eye makeup with ease. Just pour a few drops on a cotton wool pad and swipe gently across the eyes.
*£4.49 for 200ml at keepmeinspired.co.uk
Vichy Purete Thermal Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is my go to when I am wearing more makeup than usual. I did use it every day for a long time but as I’m trying to drag out the rest of the bottle I now save it for when I really need it! The oil and Thermal Spa Water must be shaken before use to mix the blue & clear particles. This removes even waterproof mascara with ease and does not irritate my eyes, plus it’s paraben-free, hypoallergenic & has been tested on sensitive eyes.
I got mine from escentual.com which currently has 15% off all Vichy products. You can choose between this formula or the (non Waterproof) one for Sensitive Eyes here for £8.90 or £8.50. I might try the Sensitive Eyes one myself this time just to see what it’s like.
While Liz Earle Eyebright is not designed as an eye makeup remover, I find it works well at removing light eye makeup, such as my Max Factor (non waterproof) mascara. Designed to cleanse and revitalise the eye area this is incredibly soothing. Just add some to a couple of cotton pads and set them over closed eyes to refresh tired eyes… straight from the fridge is best for an extra cooling effect! I’ve had an eye infection this week and this has been an absolute godsend, so I imagine it would be great for hayfever sufferers too. (NB for outside eye area only!)
*£10.25 for 150ml here (also available in smaller & larger sizes)
Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Roses & Green Tea for the face, eyes & lips is a long term love of mine and my most repurchased beauty product. Designed for sensitive skin, it is non drying, has a naturally delicate fragrance and is great for removing light eye makeup, though not enough to shift heavy or waterproof products. Ophthalmologically and dermatologically tested, you can now pop it in your M&S alongside your groceries & pants!
Get it online for £15.00 here.
Any other sensitive eye sufferers out there? What are your favourite products?