We women love to direct attention to our eyes. We highlight them with rainbow colors and inky black lines. We surround them with stylish eye-glass frames, making each a tiny work of art. We even resort to botox, collagen, and other invasive methods, all in the hope of keeping our eyes looking young and beautiful.
And then we proceed to wreck it all with too much crying, not enough sleep, a horrid diet, and outrageous daily doses of stress. Sound familiar? If so, try these quick tips for helping your eyes look their best despite the demands of day-to-day living:
1. Stay hydrated. Hydrated skin is fresh, healthy looking skin. Dehydrated skin is wrinkled, ashy looking skin. So make a point of having some water nearby at all times and sipping it throughout the day. Try lemon, cucumber, or a little mint-flavored chlorophyll if you want to add some flavor to your water.
2. Get adequate fat. When’s the last time anyone told you to eat some fat? Well, I’m giving you permission, right now: saturated fats are a woman’s best friend when it comes to healthy looking skin, including the skin around your eyes. Besides all the other wonderful benefits we get from lots of butter, cream, coconut oil, and animal fat (organic, of course), these fats, especially those from fish, are very anti-inflammatory and can help reduce swelling anywhere in the body.
3. Cool your eyes with cucumber. Cucumbers contain enzymes and have astringent properties that can help reduce swelling very quickly and revitalize tired eyes. They can also help diminish wrinkles around the eyes and soften the skin. Slice cucumbers fairly thick and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to cool. Then place cucumbers over your closed eyes for about 10 minutes. Repeat several times every day for best results.
4. Fight under-eye bags with tea bags. A wonderful remedy for soothing, tightening, and revitalizing tired eyes, green tea bags are pretty amazing. Steep in hot water for a few minutes, then remove and let cool to a lukewarm temperature. Lie down and place the tea bags over your eyes, covering them with a soft cloth to hold in the moisture.
Remember that the most important secret to maintaining healthy skin, including the skin around your eyes, is to eat a healthy diet with plenty of animal protein, saturated fats, and more emphasis on veggies than fruits. Eat at least three meals each day and try to get in at least one afternoon snack. This will help keep blood sugar levels stable and prevent excess levels of cortisol, which will also help to keep you feeling calm and looking great throughout the day.