10 ways to anti-age your eyes and make you look younger. Not only are there tips to prevent wrinkles, but we’ve included some to help you disguise fine lines too!
While getting older might be a fact of life, it’s no secret that every woman would like to look younger. Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are usually the first to appear. If you don’t want to dramatically freeze the first signs of ageing, but simply reduce their appearance, you’re in the right place.
With the help of some beauty experts we’ve compiled 10 ways to anti-age your eyes. Whether you’re looking for cheap beauty products or free ways to de-age your eyes, we’ve got everything you need to know. Plus you’ll start seeing results in a matter of weeks!
The skin around your eyes is much thinner and more sensitive than the rest of your face, so if you're not already using an eye cream then add one to your skincare regime.
Beauty guru Liz Earle recommends, Opt for a formula with high levels of essential fatty acids, including GLA and omega-3 to help plump skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.’
For help choosing the right eye cream, see our round-up of the best affordable eye creams.
Don’t vigorously rub eyes. Use pads of middle finger to tap into skin,’ says Dr. Glen Anderson, Executive Director of Global R+D Innovation at Avon. Rubbing can irritate your eyes, which not only makes them red and puffy, but also damages the skin over time.
When you're applying your eye cream use light dabbing movements and allow the beauty product to soak in by itself.
We spend hours exercising our bodies, but rarely consider giving our face muscles a workout. By doing the ultimate facercise workout once a day you can tone the two muscles surrounding your eyes and say goodbye to unwanted eyebrow and upper eyelid sagging and reduce the dreaded crow's feet. The exercises will also reduce puffiness and increase blood flow around your eyes making them look refreshed and revitalised.
Massaging the area around your eyes will help boost circulation and get the blood flowing properly. It will also reduce water retention and make eyes look brighter instantly. Using the pads of your fingers, apply some light pressure to the tops of your cheekbones, massaging in circular motions. Work up and along your cheekbone to your temples and then along your brow bone. Use a face oil to make it feel like a DIY facial!
Getting your 40 winks regularly will go a very long way to helping prevent ageing as your body needs sleep to regenerate and repair damaged cells. Plus it also helps ease dark circles, which direct attention to your eyes. Aim for 6 to 8 hours a night if you can and remember that old saying that 1 hour before midnight is worth 2 after!
Avons Dr. Glen Anderson also suggests, 'Sleeping on your back so your skin doesn’t rub against the pillow.' This will prevent your eyes from becoming irritated and puffy while you sleep, so you can wake up looking and feeling fully rested.
Great brows frame your face so keeping them groomed and perfectly arched will enhance your eyes’. Lisa Potter-Dixon, Benefit Brow Expert.
If you have thin brows use a light eyebrow pencil to shape and thicken them. Use your eye socket as an outline and try to use small flicks to create a natural finish. It is tricky to make both eyebrows equal, but remember brows should be sisters, not twins!
If you’re worried about the lines around your eyes avoid any heavy make-up and follow these 5 simple beauty tips:
1. Swap your black eyeliner for brown – it’s much softer on your eyes.
2. Concealer should only be used on the inner bit of your under-eye and avoid any light-reflecting cover-ups as these will highlight your dark circles rather than disguise them.
3. Ditch the eyeshadow unless it’s very subtle and avoid glitter and anything too shimmery at all costs.
4. Curling your eyelashes will open your eyes making them look wider and brighter in seconds. Always take off your eye make-up before bed!
When buying face or eye creams make sure they offer at least SPF 15, if not higher, protection. Sun damage causes 80% of skin ageing and with the skin around your eyes being thinner it is more susceptible to UV rays, even on the cloudiest of days. Whilst out and about in direct sunshine keep your sunnies on and your SPF high to keep the crow's feet at bay!
It’s an obvious one, but we can’t stress enough how essential it is. Drinking the recommended amount of water daily will keep your skin fully hydrated and looking fresh.
If your eyes are feeling sore and puffy then try a cooling and soothing eye mask like The Body Shop's Aqua Eye Mask (£6), which will get to work immediately on relieving stressed out peepers. For an even cheaper beauty alternative try cooling slices of cucumber or the back of a cold teaspoon.
Both will help de-puff eyes and make them look instantly brighter and younger. This is a great beauty trick to do before applying your eye make-up while you’re getting ready for a special occasion.