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How-To: Prevent Eye Cream From Stinging

A few years ago, I was convinced I had major allergies. My eyes were red and watery, and they stung like hell. My eye makeup? A smudgy disaster by end of day. This is how I solved it.

Over happy hour after work, I was telling my friend Cynthia, an esthetician, about my plight. Is it ragweed? My Marlboro-puffing neighbor? Do I need heavy medication? "It's probably just your eye cream," she said. She was right.

I wasn't actually allergic to the eye cream, I was just applying it wrong. Thinking I would get maximum benefits by thoroughly tapping it in as close as possible to my lash lines, I ended up overdoing it, and I looked like a stoned mess. Cynthia recommended that I apply the product just to my orbital bone area, noting that the heat from my body would help the product travel upwards. Ah, relief — without the drowsiness. . . or munchies.


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pamelabacan pamelabacan 7 years
The first time I used Origins Plantidote Mega-mushroom Eye Serum, my eyes would sting so bad every time I cry. I thought it was my allergic reaction to the serum but then later I realized that I put it way too near my lids.
jhui007 jhui007 7 years
This happened to me too! Then my mom gave me the same advice. Mama knows best, I guess!
omilawd omilawd 7 years
Thank you so much for posting this! I have the exact same problem.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 7 years
Yeah, I use Strivectin-D around my eyes and have gotten a little too close a couple of times. It didn't really hurt, I just looked like I belonged on Pineapple Express.
Abbigail Abbigail 7 years
Ditto. Guess I'll give eye cream another go.
BraveFool BraveFool 7 years
Umm, I think I'm totally doing this. I thought my mascara was bothering my eyes, but I bet it's this!
kitkat87 kitkat87 7 years
i stopped using eye cream because i had the same problem. maybe it's time for another try.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Thanks Bella, I always wondered this. I also have been applying it wrong. I was just trying to get it all the way under and deep in everywhere - I'll try this tonight!
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
I learned this tip from a Kiehl's representative when she was showing me how to apply the eye cream.
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