In short, it's important for you to take care of your peepers. Well rested eyes indicate vitality, health and youth. There are several things you can do to make sure you're putting your best eyes on display when you leave the house each day.
Exfoliate Your Eyes
The skin around our eyes is some of the thinnest, most delicate on the body. It needs to be treated with care, but it also needs to stay clean and smooth.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and encourages the regeneration of new ones. Your eyes will look brighter and the area around them will feel fresher and look younger.
One quick, easy and inexpensive way to exfoliate the eyes is to use baking soda. Simply pour a little into the palm of your hand, mix in some water, stir with your finger into a paste, then use your ring finger (which has a natural delicate touch) to gently massage some of the paste into the area around your eye.
Be careful not to get the paste into the eye itself, just slowly rub around the eye area in regular, circular motions, then wash clean. You can also use baking soda paste on your whole face - it's a fantastic, effective and inexpensive natural exfoliator.
Once you've exfoliated, you should then apply a serum which contains a healthy dose of Vitamin C. Also called ascorbic acid, it has many health benefits and is an effective anti-aging vitamin which is also packed full of antioxidants.
Vitamin C helps the body to maintain healthy connective tissue, which is why it can play such a vital role in keeping your delicate eye area strong and smooth.
Use Vitamin C serum after exfoliation and before you use any other product on the same area - the serum needs time to absorb and work its magic before you apply anything else.
Eye Masks can do amazing things in the short and long term for the look and feel of your eyes.
Some of them help to de-puff in 20 minutes or less for that big date night. While others provide soothing benefits that will make you as sleepy and relaxed as a newborn babe.
Many of them include extra ingredients that help to combat fine lines and wrinkles too. They can hydrate your skin and reduce dark circles as well.
Usually you put them on for 10 to 20 minutes at a time, a few times per week as part of your maintenance beauty routine.
Cooling/Warming Eye Gel Mask
In today's busy world, work stress and staring at a computer for several hours a day can really do a number on your eyes.
Not only does repeated squinting cause wrinkles, but the strain can cause bloodshot whites, puffiness, eye strain, headaches and dark circles.
You can wear a warm eye mask to bed at night to help with dry eyes, improve blood circulation, relax eyes and tension headaches and can help you get your beauty sleep.
A cold eye mask applied to your eyes in the morning or while sleeping works wonders at reducing morning puffiness, help with wrinkles, reduce dark circles and relaxes your eyes.
Think of eye moisturizer as a preventative, daily, must-have that will combat eye aging signs over time. It's not a highly concentrated serum that gives you a quick fix. Instead it needs to be used regularly, preferably before you start to see really obvious fine lines or wrinkles.
Here's why: as your skin ages, the oil-producing glands underneath the surface produce less oil. This means your skin starts to dry out and any lines that have begun to form will be more obvious.
A gel and a cream are both available, to produce young-looking results. Those who prefer a richer, thick feel will want the cream while those who live in a warmer climate and enjoy the fluidity of gel might choose the gel.
Eyelashes, as you well know, are hair and as such are made of the same dead protein as the stuff growing out of your scalp.
That means your eyelashes are prone to thinning and drying out as you age, just like the stuff growing out of your scalp.
To keep your eyelashes healthy, moisturized and prevent breakage apply eyelash conditioner on its own or before you apply your mascara.
Silicon Eye Pads
These amazing silicon eye pads really work, but you need to keep at it to see the long-term results.
You should see a difference around your eyes after just a couple of days' use, and the longer you can keep the pads on, the better - you can even sleep in them!
Just make sure your bedroom is cool so you won't overheat during the night and make the pads slide off your face.
They work in a number of ways. Firstly, the placement of the pads means that the skin underneath cannot crease while they're there.
Secondly, silicon creates moisture, which irons out wrinkles and creases, and boosts healthy regeneration of skin cells.
Finally, silicon stimulates collagen production, and collagen is what gives your skin that gorgeously smooth, soft glow.
One of the greatest enemies to our eyes is UV radiation, but many people think that only direct sunlight can harm us, so they only wear sunglasses on sunny days.
But even normal daylight contains sufficiently harmful levels of UV radiation to damage our eyes, so it makes sense to get into the habit of wearing sunglasses whenever you go out during the day.
UV radiation also ages your skin rapidly, plus there are the obvious health risks associated with skin cancer.
This isn't to panic you, but it's just basic common sense to protect both your skin and your eyes whenever you're exposed to the sun.
I know what you're thinking - Botox means having expensive and painful injections to eradicate wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, and it's only something older or rich people do.
Botox is great for younger people too, as it can help smooth the skin in preparation for aging so that, further down the line, you won't actually need any more treatments because your skin will have settled into its natural aging groove. Prevention is key when it comes to aging.
Microdermabrasion is when a skin specialist 'sands' the skin to remove the top layer, or layers of skin cells, resulting in brighter skin and an increase in blood flow, constricting the blood vessels and boosting the color and glow of your skin.
Microdermabrasion is a lot gentler than dermabrasion (which is commonly used to treat aggressive skin conditions like acne, scar, pox marks and diseases,) and it can be done quickly and easily either at home or in a specialist spa.
Dermal fillers work by filling the troughs and valleys caused by wrinkles and dark circles, smoothing out the skin and preventing new wrinkles from appearing.
Dermal fillers, use a special filling agent (similar to Botox) called hyaluronic acid, often marketed under the brand name Restylane, can last for up to 3 years.
Lasers For Eyes
Laser resurfacing is an increasingly popular method of fighting eye wrinkles. It works by vaporizing the water molecules both inside and outside skin cells, which damages the skin tissue, forcing the body to create more collagen to 'fix' the tissue, thus smoothing out the skin and making it more elastic.
It can also lighten the skin, so it can help combat dark circles, too. Studies have shown that wrinkles are improved by around 45% through laser resurfacing surgery.
Sometimes, only one treatment is needed to treat eye wrinkles, while others will need 2-4 treatments, with sessions lasting approximately 30 minutes.