It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Unfortunately, many of us are walking through life with the curtains drawn! Lack of sleep, allergies, environmental factors, and even spending eight hours a day in a cubicle under fluorescent lights can all contribute to bleary, bloodshot peepers, but there is hope. Try these tips for beautiful, brighter eyes…and a new window on life.
Skin is In
The condition of the delicate skin around your eyes can make or break your look. While smooth, supple skin will highlight your best features, dark circles, bags, breakouts and wrinkles can minimize the impact of even the prettiest eyes. Curb breakouts on sensitive skin by choosing products with the right ingredients. While harsh chemicals like alcohol will inflame tender skin, ingredients like aloe and milk proteins can smooth bumps and redness away. Pick products designed for sensitive skin and use them sparingly. Another skin soothing tip: pat the eye area with a cotton ball soaked in milk or chilled chamomile tea, both of which help ease inflamed skin and remove redness.
For dark circles, gently pat a neutral or yellow-toned concealer underneath the eyes to help counteract blue and brown tones. Apply foundation to upper eyelids to give your eyes an even tone and help makeup last longer. The skin around the eye area is extremely delicate and prone to wrinkling over time. To minimize the effects of aging, pick soft liners and shadows that glide on and don’t require you to tug or pull at your skin while applying.
Are you waking up puffy? Add a few pillows to your sleep routine to keep your head elevated and extra fluid from collecting around your eyes. Try a cool compress as well to de-puff the tender skin around your eyes before you get ready for the day. Still swollen? Check your diet. How much sodium are you taking in day-to-day? Salt is a sneaky culprit that causes you to bloat and retain water all over your body.
We all have bloodshot eyes from time to time for a variety of reasons, but here are a few ideas that can help. By now you’ve surely heard that staying hydrated is a key to looking better and having more energy, but drinking enough water throughout the day can keep your eyes working and looking better too. Because the eyes (like the rest of the body) are composed mainly of water, dehydration can cause blurred vision and bloodshot or dull looking eyes. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink; by this time you’re already dehydrated. Instead, keep drinking water throughout the day to keep those come-hither eyes at their best.
As tempting as it may be to use eye drops that promise to “get the red out,” an artificial tear product is better. Products that make the eye less red do so through chemicals that constrict the vessels along the surface of the eye, which in the end makes eyes drier. Although results aren’t as instantaneous, it’s better to use a natural eye drop without chemicals to keep eyes moist and bright.