Why You Should Apply Sunscreen To Your Eyelids, According To Experts

We all know we’re supposed to wear sunscreen every day to protect the health and appearance of the skin.

But that doesn’t mean everyone does it ― and even for those of us who try, we tend to overlook certain areas of the skin. One key spot that people often miss is the eyelid area.

“I have seen some of the worst skin cancers in the eyelid area,” Dr. Karan Lal of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Hillsborough, New Jersey, told HuffPost. “Skin cancer surgery in this area is complicated and can cause significant scarring which can cause chronic dry eyes. I have seen people lose their whole lower and upper eyelid skin from skin cancer.”

Applying sunscreen to the eyelids may feel counterintuitive. All our lives, we’ve been conditioned by labels that warn us to avoid applying anything near the eye area, and it has clearly stuck with many of us.

“Because the skin in this area is delicate, people may sometimes be wary of applying sunscreen to this area, or they may hold off because they think it will run into their eyes,” said New York City dermatologist Dr. Hadley King. “Or they may hold off because sunscreen they’ve used in the past in this area irritated their skin or messed up their eye makeup.”

Still, when it comes to sun protection, you definitely want to make sure you’ve got your eyelids covered. And there are ways to do this without experiencing irritation and discomfort. Below, experts break down the function of sunscreen on the eyelids and offer their advice for choosing the right product and applying it for maximum protection.

Applying sunscreen protects the health and appearance of the skin.

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Applying sunscreen protects the health and appearance of the skin.

Why is it important to apply sunscreen to the eyelids?

“It’s important to apply sunscreen to all areas of skin exposed to UV radiation, and this includes the eyelids,” King said. “We frequently see sun-related skin cancers in the eye area, and in some cases, skin cancers in the eye area can be more difficult to treat and more aggressive.”

Dr. Papri Sarkar, a dermatologist in Newton, Massachusetts, emphasized that the eyelid is an especially unpleasant spot to need surgery on for skin cancer.

“There are a few places that are really not fun to have skin cancer surgery, and the area around the eye is definitely one of them,” she said. “Using sunscreen here prevents that.”

Cancer protection aside, applying sunscreen to the delicate eyelid skin also makes a difference from a cosmetic standpoint.

“The eyelids are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from rubbing and scratching because the skin in this area is so thin,” Lal said. “Because eyelid skin is so thin, it is extremely susceptible to sun damage. This can result in droopy and crepey eyelid skin. Using sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing early-onset droopy eyelid skin.”

In addition to decreasing the formation of wrinkles on thin, sensitive eyelid skin, sunscreen can also help prevent dark circles from forming around the eyes.

“Sometimes, it’s due to volume loss or vessels under the skin and sometimes it’s due to an actual darkening of the skin in that area,” Sarkar said. “Using sunscreen around the eyes can help to prevent new or further pigmentation or darkening of the skin there.”

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The matte duo from Supergoop contains the Mineral Mattescreen, a matte skin primer with SPF 40 and the (Re)setting 100% mineral powder with SPF 35. The powdered sunscreen comes in four shades: translucent, light, medium and deep.","credit":"Supergoop","creditUrl":"Supergoop","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d713f1e0000a9891b2d16.webp","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"Sarkar&nbsp;says powdered sunscreen can be great for folks with oily skin or people who just like the matte look. \"Sunscreen powders treat a lot of of the skin concerns that plague people when it’s especially sunny,\" Sarkar&nbsp;told HuffPost. \"Oily skin that makes you feel like people can see you from outer space? Instant mattification with a sunscreen powder.\"&nbsp;

The&nbsp;matte duo from Supergoop contains the Mineral Mattescreen, a matte skin primer with SPF 40 and the (Re)setting 100% mineral powder with SPF 35.&nbsp;The powdered sunscreen comes in four shades: translucent, light, medium and deep.","credit":"Supergoop","width":1274,"height":1730,"ops":""},"title":"For oily skin and a matte finish","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null,"cta":[{"text":"Get the duo from Supergoop for $68.","url":"https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=Zb4jl9GtVeY&mid=45197&u1=powderedsunscreen-griffinwynne-041822-625d69ace4b06c2ea32d09a9&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fsupergoop.com%2Fproducts%2Fthe-matte-prime-and-reapply-set","ampPositionInUnit":1,"positionInSubUnit":1},{"text":"Get the (Re)setting powder from Supergoop for $30.","url":"https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=Zb4jl9GtVeY&mid=45197&u1=powderedsunscreen-griffinwynne-041822-625d69ace4b06c2ea32d09a9&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fsupergoop.com%2Fproducts%2Fmineral-setting-powder","ampPositionInUnit":2,"positionInSubUnit":2}],"textWrap":"wrapped","imagePositionInUnit":0,"imagePositionInSubUnit":0},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/625d7185240000834d96f4ea.webp","queryParams":{},"width":600,"height":600,"credit":"Brush On Block"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"625d7185e4b0723f801b4f0e","caption":"If you’re a total gym rat, love to go to the beach and pool in the summer or just tend to get sweaty, this powdered sunscreen from Brush On Block may have your number. It’s water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes and contains jojoba oil, safflower oil and rice lipids to be super hydrating in the heat or for dry skin. This powder is translucent and comes in SPF 30.","credit":"Brush On Block","creditUrl":"Brush On Block","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d7185240000834d96f4ea.webp","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"If you’re a total gym rat, love to go to the beach and pool in the summer or just tend to get sweaty, this powdered sunscreen from Brush On Block may have your number. It’s water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes and contains&nbsp;jojoba oil, safflower oil and rice lipids to be super hydrating in the heat or for dry skin. This powder is translucent and comes in SPF 30.","credit":"Brush On Block","width":600,"height":600,"ops":""},"title":"Best water-resistant hydrating powder","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":"","badge":"","cta":[{"text":"Get it from Amazon for $34.","url":"https://www.amazon.com/Brush-Block-Protection-Phthalates-Translucent/dp/B00K1LQXWC?tag=carolinebologna-20&ascsubtag=629133d6e4b0b1d98455e711%2C-1%2C-1%2Cm%2C0%2C0%2Chp-fil-am%3D0%2C0%3A0","ampPositionInUnit":4,"positionInSubUnit":4,"isAmazonLink":true},{"text":"Get it from Brush On Block for $34.","url":"https://go.skimresources.com?id=38395X987171&xs=1&xcust=powderedsunscreen-griffinwynne-041822-625d69ace4b06c2ea32d09a9&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbrushonblock.com%2Fproducts%2Fbrush-on-block%3Fvariant%3D22073024068%26currency%3DUSD%26utm_medium%3Dproduct_sync%26utm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_content%3Dsag_organic%26utm_campaign%3Dsag_organic%26gclid%3DCj0KCQjwjN-SBhCkARIsACsrBz4IQllTQ2Sk1-EuqCLPPXLUV–SYKO2Sz4rTwBd516UeheAbbuazI8aAvu_EALw_wcB%26sscid%3D41k6_ilaod%26%23Media20360659665001","ampPositionInUnit":5,"positionInSubUnit":5}],"textWrap":"wrapped","imagePositionInUnit":3,"imagePositionInSubUnit":3},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/625d7c182400008b4d96f4f4.png","queryParams":{},"width":1044,"height":1138,"credit":"Dermstore"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"625d716ce4b0723f801b4ec7","caption":"Sarkar said that a tinted sunscreen powder can instantly upgrade your summer beauty routine. \"Makeup wearing off due to a sweaty, summer day? Tinted sunscreen powders give just a hint of coverage to cover those blemishes that make us all a little more self-conscious,\" she said. \"And they play well with makeup.\"

It’s important to note that at least for now, powdered sunscreen shade ranges are generally lacking. This tinted brush-on sunscreen from iS Clincal has one of the best ranges available, with shades in bronze, cream, deep and ivory. It minimizes the look of pores, absorbs surface oil on your face, works well as a finishing powder, and has an SPF 40.","credit":"Dermstore","creditUrl":"Dermstore","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d7c182400008b4d96f4f4.png","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"Sarkar said that a tinted sunscreen powder can instantly upgrade your summer beauty routine. \"Makeup wearing off due to a sweaty, summer day? Tinted sunscreen powders give just a hint of coverage to cover those blemishes that make us all a little more self-conscious,\" she said. \"And they play well with makeup.\"&nbsp;

It’s important to note that at least for now, powdered sunscreen shade ranges are generally lacking. This tinted brush-on sunscreen from iS Clincal has one of the best ranges available, with shades in bronze, cream, deep and ivory. It minimizes the look of pores, absorbs surface oil on your face, works well as a finishing powder, and has an SPF 40.","credit":"Dermstore","width":1044,"height":1138,"ops":""},"title":"For easy application and touch-ups over a full face of makeup","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null,"cta":[{"text":"Get it from Dermstore for $78.","url":"https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-100345797-12082404?sid=powderedsunscreen-griffinwynne-041822-625d69ace4b06c2ea32d09a9&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermstore.com%2Fis-clinical-perfectint-powder-spf40-3.5g-various-shades%2F13167427.html%3Futm_egbu%3D%255Badv%3A%2BDermstore%255D%2B%255Bplt%3A%2BGoogle%255D%2B%255Bcou%3A%2BUS%255D%2B%255Bfun%3A%2BAction%255D%2B%255Bini%3A%2BSkin%2BCare%255D%2B%255Bstr%3A%2BNEW%255D%2B%255Btgt%3A%2BGeneric%2BDSA%255D%26utm_egb%3D%26utm_ega%3D%26utm_egc%3DDSA%253ESkin%2BCare%253ESunscreen%26gclid%3DCj0KCQjwmPSSBhCNARIsAH3cYgYWtsHnmyXLIX5GsjJkHrbZUE9A9VsfU40ubXqPKcxaLEYkeoQ4_F0aAvclEALw_wcB%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds","ampPositionInUnit":7,"positionInSubUnit":7}],"textWrap":"wrapped","imagePositionInUnit":6,"imagePositionInSubUnit":6},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/625d71e1230000f7dd139ecd.png","queryParams":{},"width":950,"height":1048,"credit":"Larkly"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"625d7134e4b0e97a3520cac4","caption":"Sarkar emphasized that powdered sunscreen is ideal for re-applying and touchups throughout the day. Of course, that means you want to keep a couple around to always have one on hand.

\"They’re super portable,\" Sarkar said. \"You can have one in your purse, your car, your desk etc. There’s no excuse not to reapply on the go.\"

This sunscreen from Larkly comes in a super compact bottle that’s easy to tuck into purses, glove boxes and drawers, yet the groovy branding means you may want to flaunt it on your counter or office desk. It’s a translucent powder with SPF 30.","credit":"Larkly","creditUrl":"Larkly","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d71e1230000f7dd139ecd.png","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"Sarkar emphasized that powdered sunscreen is ideal for re-applying and touchups throughout the day. Of course, that means you want to keep a couple around to always have one on hand.&nbsp;

\"They’re super portable,\" Sarkar said. \"You can have one in your purse, your car, your desk etc. There’s no excuse not to reapply on the go.\"&nbsp;

This sunscreen from Larkly comes in a super compact bottle that’s easy to tuck into purses, glove boxes and drawers, yet the groovy branding means you may want to flaunt it on your counter or office desk. It’s a translucent powder with SPF 30.","credit":"Larkly","width":950,"height":1048,"ops":"crop_18_21_914_1015"},"title":"The cutest branding with a compact bottle you’ll want to keep around","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null,"cta":[{"text":"Get it from Amazon for $32.","url":"https://www.amazon.com/Larkly-SPF-Mineral-Powder-Sunscreen/dp/B08VJK1HK3?tag=carolinebologna-20&ascsubtag=629133d6e4b0b1d98455e711%2C-1%2C-1%2Cm%2C0%2C0%2Chp-fil-am%3D0%2C0%3A0","ampPositionInUnit":9,"positionInSubUnit":9,"isAmazonLink":true}],"textWrap":"wrapped","imagePositionInUnit":8,"imagePositionInSubUnit":8},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/625d9c2e21000026ed5064d1.png","queryParams":{},"width":1378,"height":1398,"credit":"Colorescience"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"625d9c2fe4b0723f801b8fd7","caption":"If you’re attached to your highlighter and love to make your face shimmer and glisten, you may worry that powdered sunscreen will dim your glow. Dr. Doris Day, a practicing dermatologist in New York City, says that finding a sunscreen that works with your makeup routine is imperative. \"If you find one you like, you are more likely to use it consistently and to reapply it,\" Day told HuffPost.

This Sunforgettable Glow brush-on sunscreen from Colorescience is a SPF 50 powdered sunscreen with a pearlescent finish, giving your skin a shimmery, shiny glow. It’s water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes and works on all skin types and tones.","credit":"Colorescience","creditUrl":"Colorescience","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d9c2e21000026ed5064d1.png","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"If you’re attached to your highlighter and love to make your face shimmer and glisten, you may worry that powdered sunscreen will dim your glow. Dr.&nbsp;Doris Day,&nbsp;a practicing dermatologist in New York City, says that finding a sunscreen that works with your makeup routine is imperative. \"If you find one you like, you are more likely to use it consistently and to reapply it,\" Day told HuffPost.&nbsp;

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\"Powdered sunscreen is a great way to re-apply to the back of the hands if you are in the car driving or if you are going to be outside for long sporting events,\" Davis told HuffPost.

This SPF 30 powdered sunscreen from Nature’s Apothecary is translucent, water- and sweat-resistant, hypoallergenic and reef- and river-friendly for all sorts of swimming. It can also be used like a baby powder to get sand off your feet before getting into the car.","credit":"Amazon","creditUrl":"Amazon","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d7149210000c2c8506498.jpg","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"Davis explains that while powdered sunscreen can be a great addition to a makeup routine, it’s also a useful product for men, genderless hotties and folks that don’t wear makeup.

\"Powdered sunscreen is a great way to re-apply to the back of the hands if you are in the car driving or if you are&nbsp;going to be outside for long sporting events,\" Davis told HuffPost.&nbsp;

This SPF 30 powdered sunscreen from Nature’s Apothecary is translucent, water- and sweat-resistant, hypoallergenic and reef- and river-friendly for all sorts of swimming. It can also be used like a baby powder to get sand off your feet before getting into the car.","credit":"Amazon","width":1500,"height":1500,"ops":""},"title":"For a unisex powder that doesn’t look like makeup","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null,"cta":[{"text":"Get it from Amazon for $15.99.","url":"https://www.amazon.com/Oxide-Sunscreen-Powder-Biodegradable-reefs/dp/B08128PBQG?tag=carolinebologna-20&ascsubtag=629133d6e4b0b1d98455e711%2C-1%2C-1%2Cm%2C0%2C0%2Chp-fil-am%3D0%2C0%3A0","ampPositionInUnit":13,"positionInSubUnit":13,"isAmazonLink":true}],"textWrap":"wrapped","imagePositionInUnit":12,"imagePositionInSubUnit":12},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/625d729b23000084d3139ecf.png","queryParams":{},"width":1150,"height":1408,"credit":"Target"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"625d729ce4b0e97a3520cf24","caption":"If already know you like the tropical scent and floral packaging of drugstore brand Hawaiian Tropic, their powdered sunscreen may naturally fit into your lifestyle. This translucent powder has SPF 30 and layers well with makeup.","credit":"Target","creditUrl":"Target","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d729b23000084d3139ecf.png","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"If already know you like the tropical scent and floral packaging of drugstore brand Hawaiian Tropic, their powdered sunscreen may naturally fit into your lifestyle. This translucent powder has SPF 30 and layers well with makeup.","credit":"Target","width":1150,"height":1408,"ops":""},"title":"The best drugstore version with brand recognition","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null,"cta":[{"text":"Get it from Target for $16.99.","url":"https://goto.target.com/c/2706071/81938/2092?subId1=powderedsunscreen-griffinwynne-041822-625d69ace4b06c2ea32d09a9&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fhawaiian-tropic-mineral-skin-nourishing-sunscreen-powder-brush-spf-30-0-15oz%2F-%2FA-83952651%3Fref%3Dtgt_adv_XS000000%26AFID%3Dgoogle_pla_df%26fndsrc%3Dtmnv%26DFA%3D71700000092103126%26CPNG%3DPLA_DVM%252Ba064R0000136Jl4QAE-Edgewell_Suncare_Google%2BSearch_March_2022-621721%26adgroup%3DPLA_Edgewell_Suncare%26LID%3D700000001393753pgs%26network%3Dg%26device%3Dc%26location%3D9001918%26gclid%3DCj0KCQjwmPSSBhCNARIsAH3cYgb2g25qhypMbNBPJlT3CtabpjYDs2TUmYFQDaA7iDMvfBwna8V-hxAaAufPEALw_wcB%26gclsrc%3Daw.ds","ampPositionInUnit":15,"positionInSubUnit":15},{"text":"Get it from Amazon for $16.99.","url":"https://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Tropic-Mineral-Powder-Brush/dp/B09GXF7KVD?tag=carolinebologna-20&ascsubtag=629133d6e4b0b1d98455e711%2C-1%2C-1%2Cm%2C0%2C0%2Chp-fil-am%3D0%2C0%3A0","ampPositionInUnit":16,"positionInSubUnit":16,"isAmazonLink":true}],"textWrap":"wrapped","imagePositionInUnit":14,"imagePositionInSubUnit":14},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/625d7213210000c2c850649b.jpg","queryParams":{},"width":1500,"height":1500,"credit":"Amazon"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"625d7214e4b0e97a3520cd90","caption":"Walter urges you to use a powered sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30. He also said to pay attention to your face as the weather starts to get warmer. \"If you notice your face tanning over time, this would be a sign that you’re not applying enough or not reapplying often enough,\" Walter told HuffPost.

He noted that finding a compact and portable powdered sunscreen can help you reapply during the day with ease. \"Powdered sunscreen is easy to apply over makeup and portable with no mess,\" Walter said, \"making them great for on-the-go reapplication.\"

For maximum coverage and super easy application, try this mineral brush sunscreen from Isdin with SPF 50. It’s a translucent powder that works with all skin tones and can be easily applied to your face as well as your arms, neck and ears.","credit":"Amazon","creditUrl":"Amazon","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d7213210000c2c850649b.jpg","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"Walter urges you to use a powered sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30. He also said to pay attention to your face as the weather starts to get warmer. \"If you notice your face tanning over time, this would be a sign that you&rsquo;re not applying enough or not reapplying often enough,\" Walter told HuffPost.

He noted that finding a compact and portable powdered sunscreen can help you reapply during the day with ease. \"Powdered sunscreen is easy to apply over makeup and portable with no mess,\" Walter said, \"making them great for on-the-go reapplication.\"

For maximum coverage and super easy application, try this mineral brush sunscreen from Isdin with SPF 50. It’s a translucent powder that works with all skin tones and can be easily applied to your face as well as your arms, neck and ears.","credit":"Amazon","width":1500,"height":1500,"ops":""},"title":"For superior coverage","type":"image","meta":null,"summary":null,"badge":null,"cta":[{"text":"Get it from Amazon for $55.","url":"https://www.amazon.com/ISDINCEUTICS-Mineral-Powder-Pollution-Protection/dp/B07R2CSP6P?tag=carolinebologna-20&ascsubtag=629133d6e4b0b1d98455e711%2C-1%2C-1%2Cm%2C0%2C0%2Chp-fil-am%3D0%2C0%3A0","ampPositionInUnit":18,"positionInSubUnit":18,"isAmazonLink":true}],"textWrap":"wrapped","imagePositionInUnit":17,"imagePositionInSubUnit":17},"provider":null},{"embedData":{"type":"hector","url":"https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/625d9a542400008b4d96f52b.png","queryParams":{},"width":896,"height":1146,"credit":"Supergoop"},"type":"image","common":{"id":"625d9a55e4b0e97a35210aea","caption":"Walter explained that powdered sunscreen isn’t just good for your face and arms, it can also be used for your scalp. To protect your whole head from the sun, powdered sunscreen can be applied almost like a dry shampoo around your roots to keep your scalp safe.

This Poof Mineral Part Powder from Supergoop is a translucent, unisex SPF 35 powder specially designed for hair parts and scalps. It comes in an easy-spray bottle that helps get the powder exactly where it needs to be.","credit":"Supergoop","creditUrl":"Supergoop","source":"","thumbnail":{"url":{"fileName":"625d9a542400008b4d96f52b.png","type":"hectorUrl"},"caption":"Walter explained that powdered sunscreen isn’t just good for your face and arms, it can also be used for your scalp. To protect your whole head from the sun, powdered sunscreen can be applied almost like a dry shampoo around your roots to keep your scalp safe.&nbsp;

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For oily skin and a matte finish

Dermatologists Share The Best Powdered Sunscreen For You

What’s the best kind of sunscreen for this area?

All of the dermatologists who spoke to HuffPost recommended using mineral sunscreens when possible.

“Eyelid stinging and burning is very common, especially after the use of chemical sunscreens ― such as those containing oxybenzone and avobenzone ― so I only recommend physical blocking sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for eyelid skin,” Lal said, adding that you can use your eyelid sunscreen for the rest of your face as well.

Try to choose a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher. If a regular face sunscreen irritates your eyelids, King advised looking for a sunscreen made specifically for the eye area, such as Supergoop Bright Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40 or powder sunscreens.

“There are now makeup eyeshadows that have sunscreen in them to allow for easier and elegant application,” Lal noted. “Many of them are combination physical and chemical sunscreens, so be careful and test them out to make sure you aren’t someone who is sensitive to chemical sunscreens.”

He does not recommend using these products as primary protection, however, because reapplying tends to be difficult and they aren’t particularly practical for the beach or other outdoor activities.

“I prefer using a tinted mineral sunscreen around the eyes, so I don’t need a concealer and tend to use two layers instead of applying one thick coat all at once,” Sarkar said.

What’s the best way to apply it?

Once you’re set on your sunscreen product of choice, make sure you actually apply it thoroughly.

“Always start with clean, dry hands,” Sarkar advised. “Use a small quantity at a time and apply in small areas and blend it in. I tend to apply to the skin right below the eyebrows, then the corner of the eye closest to the nose, then the actual eyelid, and then the undereye area.”

She recommended letting it dry completely and then repeating the process. Avoid getting sunscreen in your eyes, and wash your hands when you’re finished.

“If needed, apply makeup on top of sunscreen vs. beforehand,” Sarkar said. “You’ll get the best color payoff and correction this way.”

How else can you protect the eyelids?

“People who hate the feel of sunscreen or simply can’t tolerate it on their eyelids (and even people who can) should remember the benefit of adding sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat to your skin and your style,” Sarkar said. “I recommend polarized UV protective sunglasses that are in a larger size so it protects your eyes and the skin around it.”

She noted that a wide-brimmed hat also protects your upper face, neck, scalp and ears. Plus, it can make for a chic accessory.

“If you really want to go all-in, you can even add a UV face shield or sun visor,” Sarkar said. “They can be purchased from many stores/brands, but Bluestone Sunshields is one that is reputable and has good UV testing data.”

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