Dr. Jenna Zigler’s Evening Routine for Dry Eye
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 Soap. With this bar, you just want to work it into a lather with your hands like you normally would with any soap. 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.
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.
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. I do follow up with an organic, cold-pressed jojoba oil for moisturization of my entire face and eyelids afterward. With this routine, I've found success treating not only my dry eyes, but my acne as well.
What does your nightly routine look like? Let me know in the comments below!
Dr. Jenna Zigler