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Dr. Jenna Zigler’s Evening Routine for Dry Eye and Blepharitis

May 26, 2017 2 min read

An evening eyelid cleansing routine is so important for those with dry eyes, blepharitis, and meibomian gland dysfunction. If you wear makeup, it's super important to make sure you're removing your makeup completely at night, because leftover makeup is a breeding ground for bacteria.

I occasionally wear waterproof mascara, which is notorious for being difficult to remove, so I'm going to give you a few tips on that and show you the rest of my eyelid cleansing routine.

1. Wet your closed eyelids with a splash of water (this helps to loosen any waterproof makeup you're wearing, and it makes removing everything even easier)

2. Use an oil based makeup remover, such as our Heyedrate Eye Makeup Remover Oil. Just put a few drops onto a cotton ball or round and work it into both eyelids. Depending on how much makeup you wear, it may vary in how long this process takes you.

3. Wet your entire face and wash your face with a tea tree oil soap, such as Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Bar Soap or Heyedrate Tea Tree Foaming Face Wash. With the bar, you just want to work it into a lather with your hands like you normally would with any soap and with the foaming face wash, just pump 2-4 pumps into your hand.

Then, massage it into your face. You can use this soap over closed eyelids, although you want to make sure to rinse very well afterward, as tea tree essential oil can burn the eyes.

Then, pat your face dry.

Heyedrate Tea Tree Foaming Face Wash

4. Cleanse the eyelids with a hypochlorous acid based eyelid cleanser. I use the Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser. You can use it a few ways, but I like to simply spray it onto my closed eyelids, rub it into my eyelash margin, and let it dry.

Alternatively, you can use a cotton ball or round for application.  

Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser on Amazon

5. NuLids Device for Eyelid Debridement. Debridement of the eyelids with a device like BlephEx or NuLidshelps to break up the defense that the bacteria has created, which is called biofilm.  This biofilm is very hard to destroy on with regular eyelid hygiene, and nightly NuLids exfoliation helps to break through it. 

6. Moisturize your eyelids and face. I do follow up with the Heyedrate Eye Cream and Face Moisturizer all over my face, neck and eyelids (temporarily out of stock due to reformulating). While we reformulate, we recommend Bee Friendly.

Heyedrate eye cream and face moisturizer

Alternatively, you can also use organic, cold-pressed jojoba oil, but I like how the face moisturizer is not as oily and greasy.

That’s pretty much it for my evening routine. If you want to use a warm compress eye mask in the evening, you can use one after you wash your face and then follow that with the hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser.

What does your nightly routine look like? Let me know in the comments below!


One Love,

Dr. Jenna Zigler, Dr. Travis Zigler, Dry Eye Specialists

1 Response

Carol Ann Churchill
Carol Ann Churchill

January 13, 2020

I like your products to wash my face at night.
I hardly wear makeup especially eye makeup but it’s so refreshing to use your oil producer for removing eye makeup and then I wash with the foaming tea tree soap then your face cream. And I use the bar soap in my shower. No dial or dove anymore. Kid and lash in am and during day if eyes feel dry. I feel like I’m on a better path with Eye Love.

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