This Classic Beauty Product Is Like Having Golden Hour On Speed Dial

Bronzer may not be everyone’s must-have beauty grab, but I’d argue it doesn’t get enough credit. What other makeup product can help you look like a glowy sun goddess in the dead of winter? Certainly not your trusted tube of lip balm. Not to mention, a strategic sweep of contour can chisel the cheekbones and sculpt your entire face shape. Although, selecting your bronzer is a bit of an intimidating task (as is applying it correctly, but we’ll dive into that in a moment). Choose the wrong texture, and it can pill or look streaky; swipe on the wrong shade for your undertones, and it can read orange or splotchy on the skin. That’s why we created this menu of options for you to choose from, so you can find just the bronzer you’re looking for—a cream number for razor-sharp contour, a subtle shimmer to catch the light, a pressed powder for pillowy-looking skin, and the list goes on.

This Classic Beauty Product Is Like Having Golden Hour On Speed Dial

Your skin is a super-smart organ, and it will inform you when it doesn't like a certain formula or skin care habit—with breakouts, flushing, scaling, the works. Sometimes these signs are quick and easy to spot (full-blown irritation is pretty hard to miss), but others can fly a bit more under the radar with time. Is your uptick in dryness an innocent byproduct of the crisper fall weather, or is your skin begging you to forgo a harsh formula? 

You may have to play detective to decipher what, exactly, your skin is trying to tell you, not to mention which product is to blame (if you've introduced a couple into your routine of late). But according to derms, a tell-all sign is in the eyes. 

How your eyes can show signs of skin irritation

Your eyes betray a ton about your skin's status: Lack of sleep, a salt- or sugar-heavy diet, and collagen decline all make their appearance in the eye area, namely because the skin up there is so thin and fragile already. Because of this delicate tissue, we also know contact dermatitis is more prevalent around the eyes—which is why investing in hypoallergenic eye makeup, like mascara, is a must for folks with sensitive skin. 

But allow us to declare: Your peepers can totally be one of the first places to show a reaction to a certain product, even if said product isn't eye-specific.  

Board-certified dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., seconds the notion on a recent episode of Clean Beauty School: "[A] telltale sign is if your eyelids get really dry," she says of skin irritation. "Because the eye area is super sensitive, you don't always need to apply things to the eyes for them to react to things you're applying to your face." 

Again, the skin is quite sensitive (did we burn the phrase into your brain yet?), so the eye area can easily react to ingredients that the rest of your skin may be able to tolerate—such as fragrance, sulfates, and the like. Of course, there could be plenty of other reasons you're facing dry skin around the eyes, like a drop in temperature, physical stress (i.e., constantly rubbing your eyes), seasonal allergies, and so on. But if you're testing a new formula—or have a potentially expired beauty product on your hands—and find your eyelids itchy and flaky? It might be time to investigate. 

The takeaway. 

If you aren't sure whether your beauty products are irritating your skin, check the eye area: The fragile skin is extremely sensitive, which means it's often the first place to react to potentially harsh ingredients, even if you don't apply them to the eyes themselves. Your (seemingly) unexplained dryness may have a very good explanation.