If you’ve been struggling with dry and tired eyes a lot recently, it’s important that you take steps to look after them to keep your eyes healthy. Whether you wear contact lenses, glasses, or nothing on your eyes, there are steps you can take to keep them (and the area around them) bright, sparkling and healthy.
Always Remove Eye Makeup
Make sure that you remove all traces of eye makeup before you go to bed. Do this with an effective waterproof eye makeup remover/micellar water on a cotton pad. You can get my favourite – the Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Makeup Remover. This is a bi-phase product that literally melts stubborn eye makeup. Including waterproof mascaras and glitter eyeshadows. It’s ophthalmologist-approved, so you know it’s safe for your eyes and will help keep your eyes healthy. White Peony extract hydrates the area and White Tea cools, whilst Vitamin B5 conditions your lashes. Press the soaked cotton pad over the eye area for several seconds, then gently wipe. Remember that the skin around your eyes is especially sensitive and doesn’t like to be rubbed vigorously.
Take Regular Tech Breaks to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
If you spend hours in-front of a computer screen every day like I do, make sure that you take regular breaks to give your eyes a rest. I’ve started taking just five minutes every hour to give them a break from screen-time. Go and do the dishes or stand outdoors, or even just sit with your eyes closed. I use these breaks to go around my eye area with a cooling or hydrating stick skincare product – you get one from Physician’s Formula and one from Milk Makeup – a serum in a stick that you can swipe under your eyes and over your brow bone. It keeps the area hydrated and is really relaxing too.Keep Your Eyes Healthy With a Mask
Often when we are doing our skincare routines, we are so focussed on our whole face, we often neglect the delicate eye area, or just use the same products we use everywhere else on them. Set aside a few minutes in your routine to really pamper your eyes. Use a cooling rose quartz roller to cool the under-eye and apply a dedicated brightening and hydrating eye cream/gel. Then a few times a week, use an eye mask to keep your eyes healthy. For example, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are under-eye patches. The hydrate and plump fine lines, as well as boosting elasticity and firmness of the under-eye area. Padina Pavonica is a seaweed that boost moisture, Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and Chlorella helps keep skin firm by boosting collagen production and fortifying the skin. Keep your eye masks in the fridge for an extra cooling treat.
Also Look After Your Lashes
When looking after your eyes, it’s important you don’t forget about your lashes. Your lashes need nourishment and conditioning just like your eyes do. Use a good eyelash serum to give your lash hair some important vitamin nourishment, which also encourages them to keep growing longer.
Try Some Drops to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
If you get very dry eyes or tired eyes, drops can be really relieving. Especially if you work in an air-conditioned office, or work late or early shifts. Think of them as a support for your eyes, or a way to stop dryness from air-conditioning. There is a wide variety available, but I love the Optrex Refreshing Eye Drops For Tired Eyes (£4.99). Also, don’t underestimate the powers of just cold water. If your eyes are dry and tired, especially first thing in the morning, splash them with some refreshing and cleansing cold water then pat dry with a clean towel. If you have contact lenses, take them out before doing this.
Have regular eye tests
A key way to keep your eyes healthy is to get them checked regularly (every year or 6-months dependant on age) by a professional. Not only will they spot when you might need glasses or contact lenses as you age, but they can help detect eye conditions such as Glaucoma or Cataracts. This is so important as if Glaucoma goes untreated, for example, it can cause blindness.
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