William Blake described eyes as the “windows of the soul”. One of the first things that people notice about you is ‘eyes’. Glorious eyes have exalted poets to grab their pens. But, this lovely feature of your face is subjected to stress, pollution and other external factors. The skin around the eyes is most delicate and fragile and seems to show marks of age, stress, lack of sleep a lot quickly than the other parts of the face. This results in conditions like puffy eyes, dark circles around the eyes, crow’s feet and other problems. Your eyes reflect your inner health, and they can make you look awake, tired, happy or bored. Here, we will discuss some eye skin care tips that will help you prevent or reduce the unflattering eye bags, dark circles or wrinkles around the eyes, and make your eyes look beautiful and attractive.
Maintain gentle eye skin care: Just like your face requires basic skin care, your eyes also need a routine care. Rough handling can damage the skin around your eyes, causing irritation and wrinkling. Use mild cleansers and apply gentle moisturisers to the skin under the eyes. Do not exfoliate the delicate skin around the eyes. Invest in a good eye cream. Use make-up that is specifically made for eyes.
Protect your eyes from sun: The harsh rays of the sun can do serious damage to your eyes and skin, causing dark circles and crow’s feet. Hence, apply good quality sunscreen whenever you step out in the sun. Always wear bigger framed sunglasses that will cover the eyes as well as entire area around the eyes.
Take healthy diet: What you eat reflects on your face and eyes. Hence, include healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables to provide essential nutrients to your body. Carotene rich foods, such as carrots, green leafy vegetables, red and yellow bell peppers, fish oil, flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil provide nutrients and essential fatty acids to the eyes. These nutrients are not just important in maintaining normal eye vision, but also keep the skin around the eyes healthy and refreshing. Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated.
Lifestyle changes: Certain lifestyle factors such as smoking, stress, spending hours in front of computer and lack of sleep are responsible for causing dryness and fatigue of the eyes. This is further reflected in the form of dark circles, puffy eyes and wrinkles. Hence, make small changes in your lifestyle (such as quit smoking, reduce alcohol intake, take 8 hours sleep and avoid prolonged sitting in front of computer) that will help in keeping your eyes beautiful and younger looking.
Home Remedies: Following home remedies are effective in treating common eye skin conditions:
Dark circles: This is one of the distinct problems that affect most of the women. Dark shadows around your eyes generally occur due to lack of sleep, stress, some disease and hereditary factors. To reduce dark circles, place slices of cucumbers on your eyes for 15-20 minutes. You can also apply a mixture of tomato juice and lemon juice around the eyes.
Puffy eyes: Placing moist teabags or cooled spoons over eyes help in reducing the puffiness around the eyes.
Crow’s feet: Regular application of egg whites, raw potato slices and cucumber slices can reduce these wrinkly imprints.