By Sara Roberts, HL&S Guest Blogger and Writer for Just Eyewear, a discount online retailer
Tomorrow, HL&S will release a tip about how to reduce eye strain by practicing eye yoga (Sign up for it here). So don’t miss it!
But if you are concerned about how to supplement eye exercises with proper skin care around your peepers, have no fear. Your eye area is much more sensitive than other surfaces and as such, is especially prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Other common problems include dark circles and puffy lids.
Keep these few things in mind to keep your delicate skin in tiptop shape:
1. Catch Some Z’s
Makeup will only go so far in banishing dark circles from the under eye area. The best way to prevent these circles is to get a full eight hours of sleep. You can also sleep with your head slightly elevated to prevent fluid from collecting in the lower eyelids. Be sure to remove all makeup before you turn in for the night.
2. Try non-toxic eye creams
Since the skin around the eyes is more sensitive than the rest of your face, it makes sense that you would use a different skin care product on this delicate area. When applying eye cream, be gentle and avoid rubbing it in with a heavy hand. There are many different eye creams that treat everything from fine lines to puffy eyes. Be sure to look for an eye cream that fits your skin situation.
3. Wear sunglasses all the time
Bright sunlight forces us to squint, which ultimately results in crow’s feet around the eyes. Buy sunglasses that have UV protection in addition to protecting the skin from fine lines like these. A good looking pair of sunglasses makes for an excellent fashion accessory, so be sure to choose a pair that goes with your wardrobe.
4. Use a gel mask to reduce puffiness
There are a number of remedies for puffy eyes, including cucumbers and chamomile tea bags. But the nice thing about gel masks is that they allow you to treat puffy eyes while remaining mobile. In addition to minimizing puffiness, gel masks can provide relief for allergies and sinus infections. Anything cold will do if you don’t have a gel mask.
5. Use eye makeup wisely
When all else fails, makeup can be a last minute solution for hiding flaws, as long as it is applied correctly. To hide dark circles, use a dab of concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone. Eye shadows can also improve the look of tired eyes. Use neutral tones such as nude or taupe. To brighten your eyes, apply a small amount of shimmery white eye shadow to the inside corners.