Dry eyelids is an extremely uncomfortable condition that can be caused by a number of factors, including allergies, makeup, facial cleansers and underlying skin conditions such as blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelid. Dry eyelids can affect people of all skin types, and typically causes itching, flaking, redness, swelling and soreness. To properly care for your eyelids, and reverse dryness, you will need to moisturize them frequently. Since the eyelids are very sensitive, it is a good idea to use natural methods in order to avoid irritating the delicate skin.
Dampen a soft washcloth with warm water and wring it out. Hold the warm compress against your eyelids for five to 10 minutes. This quickly hydrates and softens the delicate skin, and should be done at least twice a day for maximum relief.
Wash your eyelids at least twice a day, especially right before bedtime. Start by mixing together equal parts of tear-free baby shampoo with warm water. Rinse your face with warm water. Dip a cotton ball into the solution and gently clean your eyelids. Rinse your eyelids with warm water and pat dry.
Brew two teabags in boiling water for 5 minutes. Black tea works the best, but you can also use chamomile or lavender tea. Remove the tea bags and carefully squeeze out the excess liquid. Place the bags in the freezer and allow them to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. You want them to be cool, not frozen. Remove the teabags and place them over your eyes while laying back. Let the bags set for 5 to 7 minutes, then turn them over for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water and pat dry.
Apply over-the-counter artificial tears. Tears naturally lubricate the eyes so that the eyelid can move smoothly over them. If you are not producing enough tears, your eyelids will have a difficult time blinking away irritants, and become dry. Artificial tears help moisten and soothe your eyes.
Wash your face thoroughly before applying a natural moisturizer. Doing so opens up your pores and allows them to absorb as much moisturizer as possible.
Apply extra virgin olive oil to your eyelids. Rinse your face with warm water and leave it damp. Dip a cotton ball into the extra virgin olive oil and gently rub it onto your eyelids. Olive oil is a natural ingredient that penetrates deep and seals in moisture.
Experiment with different natural ingredients to help moisturize your eyelids. Avocado, coconut oil, macadamia extracts, cocoa butter and beeswax are all naturally rich moisturizers. Lay a warm washcloth over your eyes, and let it to set for 5 to 10 minutes while the heat opens your pores. Apply the natural ingredients to your eyelids and allow them set for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Avocado oil features intense penetrating agents, as well as proteins and vitamins A, D and E. Coconut oils and cocoa butter are naturally hydrating. Macadamia extracts contain antioxidants and quickly seep through the skin for quick moisturizing. Beeswax is derived from bee hives and naturally boosts your body's natural oil supply.
Discontinue use of makeup for the next few days. This allows your skin to breathe and helps speed up the healing process. If you choose to apply makeup, be sure to wash it off before bed.
Wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day, especially after touching dirty surfaces. This helps prevent spreading dirt and germs to your eyelids, which can dry them out.
Contact your doctor before applying lubricants, moisturizers or lotions to your eyelids. You may have an underlying cause that needs to be handled.