5 Natural beauty tips for vibrant and healthy eyes
In 2017, a ton of new health and beauty trends came and went. Some of which included smudged lipstick to achieve the ‘just-kissed’ look, jade rollers to ‘rejuvenate’ your face and neck, and bleached eyebrows to, well, make you look super creepy.
Sometimes the new fads stick, but most the time they don’t. The fact is, the best of them have already 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 further.
When something stands the test of time, you know there’s 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 it with the inflammation reducing properties of ice by freezing the slices first.
However, to get the most out of this super fruit, you will want to grate it and squeeze out its precious juice. You can then apply the liquid using cotton pads on any darkened areas of the eye, letting it sit for up to fifteen minutes (perfect when in the tub). In this way, it’s much easy to target affected areas and give your eyes a concentrated hit of sweet, cucumber goodness.
2. Daily eyerobics
It’s amazing how often the muscles around the eyes can tighten up and 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.
There are many exercises you can do to shake up your eyes and bring life back to them and the surrounding areas. One great one 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 — and alone — so your eyes can relax during the night.
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3. The liquid source of life
If there were only one thing you could do for your eyes, it would be to stay hydrated. It may seem obvious, but in today’s screen-obsessed world it’s actually a lot harder than it first seems.
Other than getting at least 2 litres of water a day, begin to manage how long you spend in front of a screen. If you use a computer often, make sure to take regular breaks — every half hour — and not spend too long periods of time without blinking. Do this, avoid too many diuretics like coffee, and take in lot’s of water-packed foods like grapefruit and chicken, and you will soon notice how it makes your eye’s pupils pop and 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. In turn, eye massage is particularly effective for helping reduce eye strain and preventing fine lines.
Firstly apply a few drops of high-quality coconut or olive oil to your fingers. Then you can start to gently massage the surrounding areas — the inner corners, the centre of your brows, the outer edges, and the skin just below. Do this routine at least once a day, and you’ll soon notice a new 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 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.