5 Natural Beauty Tips for Vibrant and Healthy Eyes
We have witnessed a ton of health and beauty trends over the past few years, from Korean skincare routines, ‘virtual try-ons’ in store, to unbundling the spa and salon take-homes.
And like most years, many of those trends were much stranger than they were beautifying.
Smudged lipstick to achieve that ‘just-kissed’ look. Jade rollers, a jade paint-roller type tool, to ‘rejuvenate’ your face and neck. And bleached eyebrows to, well, make you look super creepy, to name just a few.
As usual, some of the trends stuck, but most of them, I’m looking at your bleached eyebrows, didn’t.
The fact is, the best h ealth and beauty tricks have been around for years, even millennia. Smoky and cat eyes were pretty much invented by Cleopatra. The daily lemon water that Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by for keeping slim is thought to date back even earlier.
When something stands the test of time, you know there must be something to it. And that’s exactly what these five natural beauty tips for healthy eyes have done.
1. A cocktail for the eyes
Due to its high water content and the fact it is a fountain of nutrients, placing cucumber slices over your eyes has long been considered as one of the most effective remedies for dark circles.
You can also couple the benefits of cucumber slices with the inflammation-reducing properties of ice by freezing the slices first.
But to get the most out of this super fruit (yep it’s a fruit), you want to grate it and squeeze out its precious juice. You can then apply the liquid using cotton pads on any darkened areas of your eye, letting it sit for up to fifteen minutes (perfect when in the tub). Doing this is a much more effective way to target affected areas and give your eyes a concentrated hit of sweet, cucumbery goodness.
2. Daily eyerobics
It’s amazing how often the muscles around the eyes can tighten up and as a result, contribute to tired, aged-looking peepers.
This is particularly the case after spending too much time doing the same activity and getting stuck in habitual patterns of movement such as staring at a screen all day long.
There are many exercises you can do to shake up your eyes and bring them and the surrounding areas back to life. One great one, which is advised to do at home or when no-one else is around, is to open your eyes as wide as possible and blink rapidly twenty times.
Another is to take a pen and track its tip with your eyes as you move it horizontally, vertically, and around in a circle. It’s best to do these before bed so your eyes have chance to relax during the night.
3. The liquid source of life
If there was only one thing you could do for your eyes, it would be to keep yourself well hydrated. It may seem obvious, but in today’s screen-obsessed world, it’s actually much harder than it seems.
Other than getting at least 2 litres of water a day, it’s also important to manage how long you spend in front of a screen. If you use a computer often, schedule regular breaks — every half hour at least — and be conscious of not spending long periods without blinking.
If you do this, avoid too many diuretics like coffee, and take in lot’s of water-packed foods like grapefruit and chicken, you will soon notice how it makes your eye’s pupils pop and their whites glisten.
4. Try a little tenderness
Like eye exercises, massage is a great way to awaken tired and lifeless eyes and trigger a surge of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the area. Eye massage is also an effective way to reduce eye strain and preventing fine lines, and a great request to ask of your partner.
To perform an eye massage, firstly apply a few drops of high-quality coconut or olive oil to your fingers. Then start to gently massage the surrounding areas — the inner corners, the centre of your brows, the outer edges, and the skin just below, for five to ten minutes.
Do this routine at least once a day, and you’ll soon notice a brightness and fullness that you thought was no longer possible.
5. Food for your visual organs
Making sure to incorporate foods that are rich in vision-boosting nutrients is a must in promoting healthy and vibrant eyes.
Thanks to its high concentration of Vitamin C (which prevents age degeneration) and beta-carotene (converts into Vitamin A for vision), spinach is the runaway winner that sits at the top of this list.
Other foods for bright eyes that should make a regular appearance on your menu are carrots, avocados, kale, broccoli, eggs, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and garlic. Along with any other foods that are packed full of antioxidants like goji berries, blueberries, and dark chocolate.
Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals, which cause cellular damage to the body and accelerate ageing, so it’s worth getting a daily hit of these not just for your eyes but your overall health. It’s also not just important to eat the right foods, but to also avoid the wrong ones — or more accurately, avoid the pesky chemicals that come with them.
Eating organic meat, fish, and vegetables is a sure-fire way to avoid taking in micro-plastics and pesticides that can harm your body and cause your skin and eyes to suffer. It can cost a lot more to eat organic, but it still works out as one of the cheapest — not to mention oldest — health and beauty treatments to ever exist.