Eyes are the windows into your soul, or so they say. At the very least, the eyes are the first thing a person sees when they look at you, or when he gazes into you (if it’s that kind of an exchange), so it’s crucial that we take care of this sensitive area. Like the skin around our mouth, the skin directly around our eyes is much thinner then the rest of our body, causing it to wrinkle faster and show signs of aging quicker. This is why it’s imperative that we, at the very least, moisturize this area morning and evening. No matter your skin type – normal, combination, oily, or dry – everyone needs hydration, even more so around the eyes.
I’ll never forget hearing the legendary skin care guru Peter Thomas Roth speak about his skin range and, at one point, he explained that there aren’t any pores around the eyes, thus you’ll never break out… so pile on those heavy duty creams. *This area’s porelessness is also the reason that it’s so delicate and sensitive and so vulnerable to lines, wrinkles and sagging. A great daily eye cream to soothe and moisturize this sensitive area is Simple’s Soothing Eye Balm. Apply with a gentle tapping motion from outer corner to inner corner of eyes and on the lid, AM and PM.
If you want to give your eyes some extra TLC, here are a few DIY eye treatments you can try in the comfort of your own kitchen:
Tea Bags: Steep and cool, via the fridge, chamomile or green tea bags and place on your eyes for a natural anti-inflammatory effect. Leave on for 20 minutes. Chamomile will soothe while green tea aids in bringing down puffiness and dark circles.
Spooning: Place chilled spoons over your eyes to reduce redness and puffiness. This is a great trick for early morning pick-me-ups.
Cucumbers: Everyone knows about placing cucumber slices on your eyes to help reduce swelling, but try grating the cucumber, chilling the juice along with the pulp in a bowl, and place not just on your eyes but on your entire face. It’s an amazingly easy, quick and effectively soothing mask. Watch the video below!
Green Smoothie: Sip on a smoothie full of dark, leafy vegetables that are rich in iron, which help keep dark eye circles at bay. Try mixing spinach, kale, cucumber and even green apple to add a pinch of sweetness. It’s rather delicious (and super healthy).
20-20-20: Not necessarily a DIY, but a very useful tip that I learned from my Opthamologist. If you’re like me – and half of working America – then you spend a significant amount of time in front of your computer screen. Too much time too close to a bright screen can make your eyes go tired, thus causing drooping and squinting (and we all know what happens when you squint… fine lines and wrinkles attack that sensitive area!). So, rule of thumb is after 20 minutes, look 20 feet away, and count to 20. This gives your eyes time to rest and readjust. Truth: I don’t remember to do it nearly as much, but I do have a post-it with “20-20-20″ pasted to my laptop!