It’s no secret that a decent eye cream and a nude eyeshadow pallet are must-have tools for your Get-Gorgeous arsenal. While I’m all for cosmetics, I know that, more than anything, healthy habits play a pivotal role in my bright-eyed look.
Here’s the truth: you are going to get older.
I know, right?!
I’m actually loving the aging process. With age comes wisdom, more self-confidence, and a greater ability to say “no,” which is pretty incredible.
The real downside of getting older, according to an optical enthusiast like myself, is that it takes a toll on your eyes. Skin loosens as you age and eyesight begins to decline soon after age forty.
But guess what? You can fight back and give your eyes a healthy defense. Nope, I’m not slanging a $500 miracle cream. The real key to keeping your eyes healthy and beautiful lies in your lifestyle choices.
What you eat, how much you drink, and the hours you sleep all contribute to the beauty of your eyes. Bags, sags, dark circles, and wrinkles can be attributed to eating too much salt, taking on too much stress, or having one too many drinks at happy hour.
So, what exactly can you do to keep your eyes as sparkling as your personality? Here’s some expert advice that I make sure to incorporate into my daily life:
DRINK, DRINK, DRINK
I’ll have an H2O on the rocks, please.Yeah, I love myself an adult beverage every now and then but booze is not a beauty enhancer so I limit my cocktail consumption to a couple drinks a week. Water, on the other hand, is your eye’s best friend. Hydration is the foundation to healthy skin and eyes. Drink that water, baby! Throw some cucumber in it if you’re feeling fancy.
ZZZZ IS THE BEST CURE FOR DRY, RED EYES
Hey, so, if you have a serious problem with dry, red, or itchy eyes, get your booty to the doc for a checkup. On the other hand, if you are in the habit of getting a crappy night’s sleep, waking up and just throwing some drops in your eyes to make the redness go away, you might want to rethink your methods. Some so-called soothing drops can be bad for your eyes in the long-term. Just go to bed early. Your Instagram feed will still be there in the morning.
EAT YOUR GREENS… FISH, EGGS, & ORANGES
Certain foods have optical superpowers. Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens, as well as broccoli and peas, have antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are great for your eyes. Eggs are another great source of lutein and Vitamin A, which has been shown to help with dry eye and night vision. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit are high in Vitamin C, a killer defense against cataracts and macular degeneration. Love sushi? Order another roll ‘cause cold water fish like salmon and tuna are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, a huge eye health helper.
TAKE A MAKE-UP BAG INVENTORY
Everything expires, including cosmetics. When it comes to stuff that goes around my eye, I use this chart as my “time to toss it” guide:
EYE CREAM: 5-6 months
EYESHADOW (powder): 6 months
EYESHADOW (cream): 2 years
MASCARA: 6 months
EYELINER: 2 years
Oh, and my brushes and applicators. I clean those weekly and I toss them every five years.
One more thing… please, please, please do not share eye products with other people. Eye infections are not fun and, if you do get one, you should probably toss every product you used while infected. It’s a bummer but you don’t want to get the same eye infection twice! Not fun.
Okay, darlings. Final thought: I love all-nighters and champagne brunches as much as the next girl, but, for the sake of your big, beautiful eyes, remember, everything in moderation.
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