When it comes to anti-aging your eyes, it’s an inside-out job. The outside certainly provides a visible reminder that there’s work to be done in our daily health and longevity journeys. The eyes… and the surrounding skin… tend to show the brunt of our aging ailments, whether they are caused by late nights, too much alcohol, or the hereditary luck of the draw. Our delicate eyes easily become bloodshot and glassy, our vision blurred, while the thin skin under and around our eyes succumbs to puffiness, dryness, dark circles, and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks you can implement to anti-age eyes!
The Cool Down
To reduce morning puffiness and bloodshot eyes from a night on the town, or just tossing and turning in bed, try one of these tried-and-true methods for a cold compress:
Cucumbers to freshen your eyes is a beauty hack that’s been around since your mother’s mother’s mother slathered on cold cream. They work wonders on dark circles thanks to their mild skin lightening properties and when it comes to de-puffing morning eyes, the ascorbic and caffeic acid brings down the water retention to reduce swelling.
Moistened tea bags are another oldie but goodie to help eliminate puffy morning eyes. Caffeine is the active ingredient that reduces swelling because it constricts the blood vessels so make sure you use one that contains that beloved jitter juice – green or black are great ones.
If you’re suffering from redness and irritation, opt for a chamomile compress which soothes with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is also a natural anti-inflammatory and when chilled in the freezer has double duty potency. Let the aloe thaw at room temperature for about 10 minutes, and then massage the gel under your eyes to reduce puffiness, firm skin, and give you an overall feeling of “oh yeah, that feels good”.
Once you’ve cooled your eyes down, treat them to a soak. Douse a cotton ball in unsweetened soy milk and hold to your eyes for at least a minute. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of soy milk will soothe and soften skin, which is very effective for anti-aging your eyes. You can also go the more traditional route, and use whole milk. Milk is rich in vitamin A, can be used topically to treat many skin diseases and to minimize aging. Vitamin A also protects the health of your retinas, so drink up! The pasteurization process depletes milk of nutrients, so consider de-aging your eyes with organic, unpasteurized milk.
You can also whip up some salt water to reduce swelling and puffiness. While you’re at it, mix up an at-home saline rinse to treat dry, itchy, or irritated eyes. Boil distilled water and blend with a half teaspoon of salt. Once cooled, apply the solution to your eyes using an eye dropper.
Keep the delicate skin around the eyes hydrated and protected by massaging in eye cream. Look for an age-defying cream rich in peptides and antioxidants, or go DIY with this super simple, but super luxurious homemade eye cream from Redefined Mom.
Eye Cream Recipe
- 1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil
- 6-8 Vitamin E capsules
- Optional: 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- Microwave coconut oil for 15 seconds or heat over low heat until melted.
- Pour liquid in a container.
- Poke holes in Vitamin E capsules with a pin and squeeze into melted oil while stirring. (Optional: add Frankincense)
- Refrigerate until liquid returns to solid.
- Enjoy younger looking eyes!
A little goes a long way, so dab on eyes and massage until absorbed.
Coconut oil softens, hydrates, and accelerates skin cell turnover, thereby minimizing fine lines. It’s a natural antiviral and antibiotic, and even contains an SPF factor of 4!
Vitamin E reduces wrinkles, treats aging with superior antioxidant properties, and helps combat dark circles.
Frankincense helps get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.