Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Skincare for sensitive eyes

Strange things have been happening lately. 

For the last few months I've suffered with extreme fatigue. Getting through the day has been a struggle, by lunchtime I'm ready to go to sleep. When Tiger is home I've been sleeping for an hour or two every afternoon. Gym days are worse, I get home from the gym and can barely function. I've had blood tests, started taking vitamins, changed my diet and nothing has helped. I thought perhaps it was my Crohn's so had a colonoscopy and endoscopy. They came back clear.

A few weeks ago we were staying home for the day and I didn't bother using any skincare. That day I was full of energy and wasn't exhausted by lunchtime. Interesting. 
I've known for a while that some sunscreens make me really tired, but I hadn't considered that my skincare might have the same effect. 
The next day I used my skincare without sunscreen and I was exhausted by lunchtime. 
Over the next few days I experimented and realised that the majority of my skincare irritates my eyes which then causes fatigue. 

Funny how irritated eyes make me tired. I don't really understand how that works but I suppose when my eyes are irritated I blink more? I have no idea. My eyes don't get red or irritated but they clearly are. 

This was good news and bad news. Good because I no longer struggle to make it through the day, bad because I can't use most of my skincare.

Who would have thought that skincare would migrate to my eyes and cause fatigue? It's so strange. I don't put my skincare anywhere near my eyes, I apply it above my eyebrows and below my cheekbones yet it still manages to migrate into my eyes.

Now that I've figured out what's going on I can tell when my eyes are irritated, I recognise the feeling. 

Thankfully, there are still some products that I can use without any irritation. So far the list is very small, hopefully I'll manage to find a sunscreen that I can use. I've ordered a La Roche Posay one that's designed for sensitive eyes so I'll let you know how that goes. I've also ordered some La Roche Posay skincare.

Kiss Ready Skin Chia Oil
Botani Antioxidant Berry Serum
Botani Olive Day and Night Cream
Avene Cicaplast
Avene Hydrance Hydrating Serum
Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream
Avene Skin Recovery Cream
Liar Wrinkle Cheater
The Jojoba Co Jojoba Oil
La Roche-Posay Toleraine Intensive Moisturiser
I'm grateful that I can still use whatever I want to at night time, I need to keep up with my anti-aging routine!

Do you have sensitive eyes? Got any advice for me on how to deal with it? 


  1. I can totally relate to the whole fatigue feeling. It can really interfere with your life! I am glad to hear you have yours sorted out now. :) Mine is just from being up all night with a baby. >_< I find the only thing that really helps is a quick power nap here and there, and coffee generally does the job too! haha!

    1. Lol, coffee is a must. It's so tough being up with babies, especially when you have to be up in the morning with other children.


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