The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they can also be reflective of your age. Over time, the skin surrounding the eyes naturally loses elasticity, which can make eyes look tired. Puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet can all add years to your face and appearance.
Here are 10 tips that will help you to maintain youthful looking eyes for a lifetime:
1. Eye Cream
Using a moisturizing eye cream is essential to staying clear of wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dry skin can lead to cracks, wrinkles and bags. Be sure to choose an eye cream with SPF to keep the delicate skin surrounding the eye in tip-top shape all year round. In addition, retinol helps to combat wrinkles and keep crow’s feet at bay by boosting collagen. However, it is best to use an eye cream containing retinol at night because UV exposure can break down this magic ingredient!
2. Eye Protection
Speaking of UV exposure, it is actually possible to sunburn your eyes. It’s important to wear sunglasses all year round to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Another reason why you should wear sunglasses is because squinting can contribute to crown’s feet!
3. Tea Bags
Treating your eyes with teabags can help to perk up your eyes and make them look refreshed. Put cold green tea bags over your eyes for 15 minutes and relax! The caffeine will help to shrink dark blood vessels and drain some of the liquid that creates eye puffiness.
4. White Eyeliner
Applying white eyeliner to the inner corners of the eyes is a simple beauty trick that will instantly brighten the eyes. If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, here are 20 Gorgeous Ways to Wear White Eyeliner.
5. Botox Cosmetic
For a quick fix that requires 15 minutes of your time, Botox is commonly used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles to give you an instantly rejuvenated look. It is the quick and effective way to reduce and even eliminate wrinkles with results lasting anywhere from 3-6 months.
6. Eye-Healthy Foods
Incorporating eye-healthy foods into your diet is one of the easiest ways you can maintain healthy eyes and sharp vision for a lifetime. Leafy greens, berries, salmon, and orange vegetables such as peppers, sweet potatoes and carrots are just some of the many foods that contain nutrients that support eye health. For more information, here are 11 Foods to Boost Your Eye Health.
7. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes not only contain essential nutrients such as vitamin A and beta-carotene, but they also contain anti-inflammatory properties that help to combat eye puffiness. Instead of using cucumbers, apply a slice of sweet potato over each eye for 10 minutes to reduce darkness and puffiness.
Milk contains skin-soothing fats and lactic acid that helps to reduce eye puffiness and darkness. Apply a cotton ball soaked in cold milk to each eye for a couple of minutes!
9. Removing Eye Makeup
It is important to be gentle when removing eye makeup. The skin surrounding your eyes is very delicate and rubbing off eye makeup can worsen crow’s feet over time. Instead of rubbing your eyes to remove eye makeup, press down with a cotton pad containing eye makeup remover.
Having thick, full lashes is a sure-fire way to achieve younger looking eyes. They open up your eyes, making you look awake even on those tired days. Everyone has their tricks for making their lashes look more voluminous, but Latisse is a prescription treatment (applied to the base of the lashes once a day) that can get you fuller, longer, darker and natural looking lashes for up to 16 weeks!
For more on how your eyes change with age and common eye problems associated with aging, see Keeping Your Eyes Healthy With Age.
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