products protect skin from the sun, but one new sunscreen aims
to go where Mom always said sunscreen shouldnít: the eyes.
recently released Physical Eye UV Defense, a sunscreen
developed to protect the eyelid and skin around the eyes. With
a mineral and wax base, the product is liquid-resistant,
clinging to skin surfaces without running into the eyes.
According to experts, the eye region it protects occupies only
about 1% of human skin but accounts for 5% to 10% of all skin
radiation damages skin and particularly the thin, delicate
skin around the eyelid," said Lisa Chipps, a Beverly
Hills dermatologist and spokeswoman for the Skin Cancer
Foundation who is not connected to the sunscreen product. The
majority of all eyelid cancers are basal cell carcinomas, a
mostly non-life-threatening condition that can create
deformations and require surgery.
said the lower eyelid is particularly susceptible to harmful
rays from the sun, as the eyebrow does not protect that area
and people do not apply sunscreen there often.
people definitely neglect applying sunscreen to the skin
around their eyes because itís not comfortable, but itís
important to remember to protect the skin around the
eyes," Chipps said. To protect the area, she suggested
wearing UVA and UVB protective sunglasses that sit close to
the eyes and also using SPF 30 or higher sunscreens that are
water-resistant; those wonít run into the eyes as easily.
added that there is an "emerging market" for
eye-region sunscreens. Several companies, including Shiseido
and Supergoop!, are marketing eye creams that include
many sunscreens have a water base that migrates with sweat,
the new SkinCeuticals product has a base of oils and waxes
that will resist running. In addition, the SPF 50 sunscreen
contains the natural minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
to protect from UV rays, so if a little cream gets into the
eyes, it is not harmful.
is this need, and with a little bit of education it may become
a new category and way to take care of the eye," said
Marc Toulemonde, global general manager for SkinCeuticals.
cream costs $30 per 10-milliliter bottle online.