The eye is one of the most sensitive parts of the face. It is more prone to infection than almost any other part of the body. It is often one of the areas on which we focus the most, due to common beauty concerns such as crows’ feet and dark shadows.

And it is also frequently subject to the heaviest make-up application when compared with the relatively light make-up used on our cheeks and lips. With this in mind, our eyes might benefit from a little extra TLC from time to time. Here are our top eye-care tips:

eye makeup safety

1. Cleanse with care. It is necessary to cleanse thoroughly. It is thought that the vast majority of women actually fail to remove 100% of their make-up at the end of the day, in spite of their daily cleansing routine.

This means that we are either using the wrong products or simply not spending enough time on the task. Failing to cleanse thoroughly can lead to blocked pores and accelerate the signs of ageing.

See a dermatologist or a practising make-up artist for tips on how to make your cleansing routine more effective. It is also important to ensure that you are using products suitable for the delicate eye area. Those with sensitive skin might find that baby oil acts as a gentler eye make-up remover than other more chemically based products. Try and test.

2. If you wear contact lenses it is even more important to make sure that the eye area is kept clean. Opticians’ websites such as ought to be able to provide you with the necessary technical advice to keep your peepers in full health. As well as keeping the eye itself clean, it is also necessary to ensure that lenses and cases are sanitised with the appropriate products at regular intervals.

3. Some eye make-up can have detrimental effects on the quality of the skin surrounding the eye. Look out for products designed for sensitive skin and avoid using heavy concealers that fail to absorb into the pores fully, sitting on top of the skin and blocking the pores.