They say that your eyes are the windows to your soul, but unfortunately that is where the first signs of aging start to appear. Due to the delicate skin around the eyes, compared to the rest of your face, the eye area is more prone to damage if not taken care of properly.
Here are some care instructions for fresher looking eyes to keep those wrinkles and puffiness at bay:
#1- Be Gentle with Your Eyes
Avoid abrasion to your eye area while removing makeup. If you’re using cotton pads, soak them in makeup remover and let it sit on your eye for a few seconds before wiping your makeup away. Any makeup on your eye will absorb onto the cotton pad and clear effortlessly. That way you will need lesser friction to get rid of any dirt. Constant tugging at the skin may decrease skin elasticity.
#2- Reuse Tea Bags
Don’t throw away those used tea bags from your morning tea! Keep them in the refrigerator as they still have more purpose. Day or night, whenever you need an eye refresher, simply reuse the chilled teabags from your fridge by putting it on your eyes.
Tea contains caffeine that can be absorbed by the skin. Caffeineconstricts small blood vessels and improves circulation, helping to reduce redness and puffiness altogether. Lie down and let it rest on your eyes for a few minutes and you will feel renewed as the puffiness goes away.
It is important to make sure your skin is hydrated at all times, especially the eye area where “crow’s feet” develop easily. Wrinkles form when the skin is dry and crackly. Simply avoid the signs, by constantly keeping it hydrated with an eye cream or serum. Remember rule number 1, which is to treat the eye area delicately. Pat product onto the skin instead of rubbing it in.
This step is crucial not only for the eye area but every part of your body that is exposed to the sun. UV-A radiation has been found to be an important contributor to premature aging of the skin. Take an additional step by wearing sunglasses to avoid squinting and protect your eyes from corneal damage and cataracts.
#5- Reduce Salt Intake
Too much salt intake may lead to water retention in the eyes. Not only will an unhealthy amount of salty foods affect your appearance, but your overall health as well. It is recommended by doctors to take no more than 1500mg-2300mg of salt a day; which is about a teaspoon.