Eyes are the windows to your soul, or so they say. I’m legally blind in one eye so I don’t know what that means for me!
It’s important to take care of your eyes, beauty and health wise. Here’s a few things to remember with your eyes.
- Get a check up every two years, if you have eye problems, every year. It’s important to catch any changes early because eye sight is something that you can’t get back once it’s gone (barring crazy, new medical procedures). If you have health insurance or are planning on getting health insurance, there are some plans that will include a check up every year. Use it!
- If there is something in your eye, do not continuously rub it. Make sure you rinse it first in a saline solution or eye rinse, or if you don’t have either, cold water works fine (please do not use home made saline solution in your eyes. Best to get what is available at the chemist). There are kits you can purchase to do this, however a small lid that will fit your eye in it, filled with water also works. Personally I just use the running tap water and cup my hand and start blinking furiously. If you’ve done this a few times and to no avail, see a doctor. Rubbing it or leaving whatever it is in your eye can cause scarring and tear the cornea (which protects the eye).
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection and make sure they have UV protection. Some cheap sunnies do offer UV protection so don’t be put off just because they are cheap. You can also get polarized ones as well but that’s totally up to you.
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is so important because it gives your body time to recuperate and also allows your eyes to rest. You will notice that your eyes tend to get dry when you are sleepy and that’s why you sometimes start to tear, because your eyes need moisture. Try to follow the signs your body is throwing at you when it’s tired and listen to it.
- Eating well can help with maintaining healthy eyes. The most important foods for preventing macular degeneration are ones that are rich in the antioxidants beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein and zeaxanthin … plus zinc and omega-3 fats, such as carrots, turkey, sweet potato, spinach, sardines, salmon, broccali, bell peppers and brussel sprouts. Apparently even Ostrich is good for eye health. Who knew!
- Puffy and/or swollen eyes are uncomfortable but can be fixed. There are a few remedies that can provide quick fixes.
– Tea bags: Doesn’t matter whether it’s green or black but the caffine in the bags will reduce blood vessels and reduce swelling and herbal teas contain anti-irritants. To use, place two tea bags of your choice into hot water for 5 minutes and let the bags cool until they are comfortable. Lie down and place a tea bag on each eye for 10 minutes.
– Spoons: Teaspoon sized spoons are perfect for your eyes. Place them in the fridge for a few minutes and then take them out and place the first set on your eyes. Once they warm up, replace them with a second set and so on.
– Cucumbers: Due to the cucumbers astringent properties, they can cause blood vessels to constrict. Cut two slices up, and lie back and pop them on your eyes.
– Cold Water: When you don’t have alot of time, use a few splashes of cold water to your face. The cold water will freak your blood vessels out and force them to constrict.
– Salt: Be careful not to get any salt in your eyes for this one. Get rid of puffy eyes by mixing 1/2 a teaspoon of salt with some warm water. Dip cotton balls into the mix, lie down and place on your eyes for about 10 minutes.
- Some products can be too rich for your eye and they may end up swollen. My eyes,
especially the lids (where you shouldn’t ever be applying night cream by the way) are really sensitive and on occasion product gets on there before sleeping and the next morning, boom. Swollen eyes! Always use a small amount when trying new products to ensure you don’t have react and get puffy eyes.
- Having said that, make sure you do use a night cream and/or serum to reward your eyes and skin around them for all their hard work. It’s amazing how often you rub your eyes without realising it so they need extra TLC.
- Grooming. Your eyebrows define your face and so it’s important to have a shape that compliments your face. If you can’t afford to get to the salon every few weeks (or like me, can’t be bothered), do what I do, go every 3 months, but touch up yourself religiously every week or so. You’ll save money and also be very familiar with the shape of them. There’s waxing and threading to try. I prefer threading as I get a much more defined shape but ultimately up to you. If you’ve never groomed your eyebrows, get it done professionally first time around. Ask a friend who has immaculate eyebrows where they go and follow suite!
- Make Up Remover: You should always remove your eye make up before sleeping as fragments of mascara/eyeliner/eyeshadow can get into your eye and cause issues. There are many products out there to remove eye make up, however there are natural products also, such as coconut oil. Please do be careful not to get it in your eye because being oil, it’s hard to get back out with water. Make sure once you’ve removed your make up that you thoroughly rinse off the coconut oil as it can lead to puff puff eyes in the morning.
- Eye Make up: It’s important that your eye make up suits you. Small eyes can pull off looks that people with big eyes can’t and vice versa. If you’re not sure on colours and styles for your eyes, hit up a local beauty counter such as MAC, Mecca or Napoleon to be shown how. Or even better, book an appointment at one of these counters. You’ll be shown techniques and can usually use the fee to take home some products. Win!
- Eye Make up Products: Products can harbour bacteria so it’s important that you are a) not sharing your make up with anyone, especially eye make up and b) throwing away your products after 3 months. Products should not be shared as issues like conjunctavitis is easily spread through touch and bacteria will keep growing. It’s also important to clean your eye make up brushes once a week to ensure the least amount of bacteria possible is left on them.
Do Remember to look after your eyes!
- Lightly massage your eyes. Gently press your ring finger underneath your eye and move in an arc shape from the inner to the outer corner of the eye. Massage a few times and then repeat on the other eye.
- Be careful what you are using. Some beauty products can have an affect on your eyes so it’s important to take note at what products you are using in case any of those are affecting you. Most of the time it is caused by products containing formaldehyde however there are many products out there now that are formaldehyde free.
- Keep your bedroom free of irritants such as dust, pollen or animal fur. Also remember to chang eyour bedding once a week and to vacuum once a week.
- Try to use two pillows to sleep as it elevates your head and stops fluid from accumilating under your eyes.
- If you work using a computer, make sure you take an eye break every hour. If you can’t take a phsyical break, make sure you do some eye exercises, such as focusing on an object in the distance (out a window).
- DON’T rub your eyeballs in the morning. Avoid touching them throughout the day.
- Use hypoallergenic soaps and fragrance- and color-free detergen.
Do you have tried and tested methods to keep your eyes looking shiny and new?