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It’s sometimes said that eyes are “windows to the soul,” and for good reason! They’re the first thing that people tend to look at when you’re talking to someone, and they’re used for a great deal of expression and interaction, providing a major cue as to what you’re thinking, how you’re feeling, and what you may be trying to communicate at any given time.
Because of this, it’s vitally important to take good care of your eyes, and keep them looking sharp, clear, and pristine. To this end, Vine Vera has compiled a convenient list of important eye care tips to keep in mind when you’re caring for those lovely orbs and the skin around them.
Use Cucumber Slices for Dark Circles and Wrinkles
This is an old standby, as well it should be; unlike a lot of misleading home “remedies” this trick actually works. Just slice two thin circular pieces off a cucumber, peel them, and lay down with your eyes closed, one cucumber sitting over each of them, and keep them there for at least 15 minutes (although even longer is better!). This deeply hydrates your eyelids, under-eye skin, and other sensitive, soft-skinned areas like the corners of your eyes. This keeps your skin looking fresh and dewy, and also helps to prevent dark circles.
Stay Hydrated for Overall Radiance
Vine Vera has brought this point up before for general skin care, and it will certainly come up again in the future, because it’s important. Staying hydrated helps your whole body, and the skin all over it, and is important for general health, radiance of your skin in general, and it also specifically helps with the eye area. The skin under and around the eyes is softer and thinner, and more prone to drying and wrinkling, so keep water around all day and drink up. If you get tired of plain water, you can also throw in some herbal tea (for a few ideas in that realm: peppermint tea is delicious anytime, and teas like ginger and chamomile can help with things like upset stomach and insomnia, respectively, so you get extra benefits besides keeping your body hydrated and your eyes looking beautiful). Don’t count caffeinated beverages or high-sugar beverages though, as the caffeine or sugar content can cancel out some of the hydrating ability. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you don’t have to stop, but make sure you’re drinking plain water or herbal tea in between your favorite coffee drinks, or you’ll be prone to dehydration and wrinkly, saggy eyelids and under-eye skin.
Apply Rosewater for Irritated, Dry, or Red Eyes
All these tips are great for skin issues relating to the area around the eyes, but what do you do when the problem is the eyeball itself? You can always grab some over-the-counter eyedrops for tired, irritated eyes, but another, all natural solution is to apply a few drops of rosewater directly to each eye to relieve pain and irritation, and leave you feeling and looking fresh.
Try Tea Bags for Unwanted Puffiness
As long as we’re going to mention tea, we should mention that black or green tea bags are great for eliminating puffiness. Just take a couple cold, wet tea bags and place them under your eyes while lying down. Leave them on for at least 15 minutes. Repeat as necessary, and puffy, saggy under-eye issues should be a thing of the past!