August 15, 2017 Beautycounter How to Make Your Eyes Look Younger & More Awake My eyes are the area that I notice aging the most, and the past few months I’ve been playing around with different products and techniques to get the best results. One of the main reasons we see fine lines and wrinkles making their way onto our faces is because our skin isn’t hydrated! I thought I was doing a good job by applying eye cream day and night, but after a facial during my trip to Georgia, I learned that my eyelids and the area just under my eyebrows was really dehydrated! Since then I’ve been showing my eye area some extra love, so here are my best skincare tips for how to look younger. Your eyes will thank you! Get Plenty of Sleep When we don’t get enough sleep our skin gets dehydrated and doesn’t get the benefits of sleep! Our body goes into detox mode overnight and if you’re not getting enough of that sleep, it going to show! Getting adequate sleep will lead to healthier skin everywhere, but will also help with those under eye bags and dark circles! Create a relaxing nighttime routine and try your best to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. Be Gentle I never ever thought about this until I hit my twenties. When I’d apply eyeliner, I’d pull the corner of my eye to make it easier and when I removed it, I’d vigorously rub them to make sure all the makeup was gone. Pulling and rubbing on that gentle skin around your eyes is not good for keeping them looking young. I now try my best (though it still happens) to apply eyeliner without pulling on my eye and find that a soft pencil works best because it goes on easily. As for removing makeup, I use this gentle cleansing balm that removes all traces of makeup, but leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated afterward! Eye Oil This is a new addition to my skincare routine and one that I think is making big difference! There are lots of facial oils out there, but this one from French Girl Organics is made specifically for your eyes, and it’s vegan! It helps to plump and hydrate your under eyes and so far I think it’s doing a good job. It comes as a roller which makes it super easy. Roll under your eyes and then use your ring finger to massage it into your orbital bone—the area around your eyes. I like to let it sit for a few minutes and soak in before putting my eye cream on. I only use the eye oil at night because I find that it causes my makeup to smear a bit. It’s so worth it though, the next morning your eyes look and feel so much more awake, especially when you do it regularly! Eye Cream with Caffeine If you’re not already using and eye cream or you’re not sure when to start, here’s a quick guide! After talking with the aesthetician, I now put my eye cream all around my eyes—before I was only putting it underneath and on the sides where crow’s feet tend to appear. I like using an eye cream with caffeine because it helps get rid of dark circles and makes your eyes look more awake in the morning! This is the best eye cream I’ve ever used. Not only does it feel good to gently rub this into your skin, but it’s made a big difference. Just make sure it’s soaked into your skin before you apply your makeup! Hydrate your Body I’ve said it a million times and I know I’ll say it more because it’s just that important, but drink a ton of water. This is the easiest way to keep your body hydrated and your skin looking fresh, full and glowing! It’s also one of the cheapest ways to look and feel better! Wear Sunglasses I also learned that I have a fair amount of sun damage, I’m sure from my days of laying at the pool with very little SPF on in my college years—what was I thinking?! Sunglasses are a easy way to keep your eyes protected from UV rays, sun damage and squinting which will cause more wrinkles over time. I now try to always bring a hat to the pool as well to help protect my eyes and face from too much sun. What beauty tips do you have for keeping your eyes looking young and healthy? Do you have any favorite eye products? P.S. I just launched a Facebook group all about better beauty and skincare—join the convo here! BTW, my 5 favorite non-toxic sunscreens, and a challenge to wear SPF everyday.