Spring has sprung! (I know this weather says otherwise.) Personally, I'm ready to shed my winter coat and slip into the warmth of the changing season.
It’s also the time of year we begin and end our days earlier. For some, the dreaded "spring forward" time change can cause loss of sleep leading to fatigue, mood shifts, and even unhealthy food cravings. And the signs of sleep depravation are probably most visible around your eye area.
The delicate, thin skin around your eyes may appear dark, dull, and baggy with the change of season. (Hello, spring allergies!) If you’re experiencing sleep loss, it may cause your eyes to look fatigued. Maybe you’ve notice your eye contour appears especially dry and crepe-like.
Your eye contour is ten times thinner than the rest of your skin. As we age, skin can lose its elasticity and become thinner as collagen breaks down. That's also why we typically see the first signs of aging around the eyes.
So today I’d like to share a few tips to help revitalize your tired eyes.
Waking up to puffy, dark circles after a night of tossing and turning is never a great way to start the day.
A simple remedy that helps restore vibrancy and reduce swelling around the eyes a spa-like treatment with cucumber. Rest a slice of cucumber on each eye for 20-30 minutes, and you may start to see those dark circles fade away.
Don’t have cucumbers handy? Chilled tea bags are an easy alternative.
One of my favorite tricks for tired puffy eyes is to take two metal spoons and hold them under very cold water for a few minutes. Then, lay back and place the chilled spoons over the eye contour for 30 seconds. It truly is revitalizing!
Just sit back, take a little “me time”, and let the healing begin!
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A great follow-up treatment is an eye contour massage. The circulation will help alleviate puffy eyes and dark circles.
Using your ring fingers, massage an extra-moisturizing eye cream or serum with a gentle massaging motion. Start at the inner tear ducts, massaging down around the orbital bone, then up beneath the brow bone. Gently massage in this circular motion 5-10 times.
With the proper motion and pressure, you may actually feel fluid moving out of the lymphs. This can help reduces the puffiness around your eyes.
Of course, I encourage you to always apply eye treatments and concealers with tender loving care. Use the delicate touch of your ring finger and light pressure. You don't want to pull and tug, which will only cause more fine lines and wrinkles.
With your morning eye massage, I recommend...
Complete Eye Cream. Hydrate your precious peepers to combat environmental and seasonal effects. It's formulated with a superior combination of peptides and hydration-boosting botanicals.
Plus, it can help hydrate in those fine lines and crows feet, which will allow your foundation and concealer to apply more smoothly.
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With your evening eyes massage, I recommend...
Retinol Supreme Eye Serum. It’s indeed supreme for nighttime hydration. It goes the extra mile to gently fight signs of tired eyes-fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness with a rich blend of retinol and vitamin C.
A key ingredient, Saloprine 8, is clinically proven to increase moisture levels by 6,000%! It can breathe life back into tired eyes.
I suggest applying this serum at night, allowing the product to go to work while you sleep. It's rich, slippery texture is perfect for a calming eye contour massage before bedtime.
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What we feed our bodies shows up in our skin. Well balanced nutrition goes a long ways to preserve a youthful appearance.
To help reverse signs of fatigue around the eyes, consider reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake. Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water (aka - the fountain of youth!) will help rehydrate and rejuvenate dull, weary-looking eyes. So eat your veggies and stay hydrated!
Relief from tired eyes might be as close a your kitchen. Get comfy and treat your eyes with a little TLC. I'd love to know your tips and tricks to give the eyes a refreshed look. Let me know in the comments below.