You just had an amazing night’s sleep but your eyes still look tired. Why is that? Isn’t a good night’s sleep the ultimate cure for tired eyes? It turns out that there are a number of factors and causes that lead to tired looking eyes: too much or too little sleep, allergies, spending too much time in front of digital screens and over-exposure to bright light.
Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with seven tried and true remedies for under-eye bags. After reading this guide, you’ll know exactly how to get rid of those tired eyes once and for all.
1. Splash Your Eyes With Warm & Cold Water
Waking up your eyes doesn’t have to be an elaborate process. All it takes is thirty seconds and some warm and cold water.
First thing in the morning, splash your closed eyes ten times with warm water. Then, switch to cold. The warm water will open up your pores and pull nourishing blood to the surface. This can help remove toxins in your skin that have accumulated overnight and bring about a youthful glow to your eyes. The cold water then tightens your skin and closes pores, which prevents dirt and makeup from causing irritation.
2. Palm Your Eyes & Relax
When you begin to feel your eyes getting heavy, take a break and “palm” your eyes.
What does this mean? First, rub your palms together for a few seconds to warm up your skin. Next, place your palms over your eyes. Your fingers should overlap on your forehead. Finally, take deep breaths– inhaling through your nose for a count of four, and exhaling through your mouth for a count of eight.
Hold this position for five rounds of deep breathing. The combination of darkness and warmth from your palms will give your eyes a short, often much needed, break. The deep breathing also improves circulation and oxygen intake, which is great for your skin and eyesight overall.
3. Exercise Your Eyes
Time to add another step to your fitness regimen! The skin around your eyes can benefit from exercise just like the rest of your body. A few simple moves can strengthen your eye muscles and tighten the skin in just a few minutes. Best of all, you don’t need any equipment.
Imagine a large analog clock floating in front of you. Stare at the center for a count of two. Then move your eyes to the twelve o’clock position. Hold this position for a count of two, then move your eyes back to the center. Next, move your eyes to the three o’clock position. Hold this position for a count of two, then move your eyes back to the center. Continue around to the six o’clock and nine o’clock positions, holding each for a count of two.
Phew! Try doing that whole circuit three times. If you stick to the routine for three days a week, you’ll have noticeably younger eyes in no time.
4. Close Your Eyes Tightly & Open Them As Wide As Possible
As silly as it sounds, another great way to wake up your eyes is to open and close them. This quick exercise will tone the skin and smaller muscles in your face.
The process is simple. Simply squeeze your eyes closed as hard as you can for a count of three. Then open them as wide as possible for another count of three. That’s round one. Do five rounds, three times per week.
5. Eat Plenty Of Fruits & Vegetables
Mom was right– you need plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. First of all, fruit contains vitamin C, which protects your skin and eyes from free radicals, which can damage your soft tissue. Thanks to their high antioxidant content, fruit can also prevent age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts. But fruit isn’t the only food with superpowers! Leafy greens like kale and spinach contain vitamin A, lutein, and vitamin B12. That’s the good stuff that protects your skin against harmful UV rays, work as antioxidants, and assists with blood cell production. This combination of benefits will keep your eyes, and the skin around them, supplied with the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
To get the most from your diet, eat at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables per day. An easy way to reach this goal is with a morning smoothie. Just toss a banana, a few handfuls of spinach or kale, half a carrot, and some strawberries and blueberries into a blender. Next, pour in a cup of almond milk and orange juice. For an added boost, add some flax seed meal, chia seeds, and shredded coconut. Blend for one minute or until the mixture is smooth. Presto! You’ve just made the perfect breakfast to knock those tired eyes out of bed!
6. Increase Your Intake Of Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for both eye and skin health. They help to reduce skin inflammation and prevent skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. In fact, omega-3 is an important structural component of the eye itself. If you don’t get enough of it in your diet, vision problems can arise.
To increase your intake of omega-3, include foods like walnuts, broccoli, avocados, salmon, and tuna in at least one meal per day. Need some ideas? Try a tuna sandwich for lunch, a salmon steak for dinner, or a small handful of walnuts as a snack.
7. Follow A Daily Wrinkle-Fighting Regime
One of the best ways to wake up tired eyes is to apply a wrinkle-fighting cream. Eye creams provide a whole host of healing ingredients, including vitamin C, shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E, to rejuvenate dull, tired skin. We recommend applying a wrinkle-fighting cream first thing in the morning after you splash warm and cold water on your eyes. Be sure to reapply the cream every few hours to keep the smoothing and healing effects going all day long.
After you apply a wrinkle-fighting cream to the skin around your eyes, be sure to do the same to the skin on your neck and chest. Your appearance is dependent on more than just your eyes. For these delicate areas, the best choice is SiO Beauty’s Complete System. You’ll be amazed at how much smoother the skin of your décolleté will be after just one use.
The healing starts before bed when you lightly exfoliate and clear pores with the SiO Beauty Décolleté Cleansing Discs. These cleansing discs also prepare your skin for the powerful, overnight healing that occurs when you wear the SiO Beauty SkinPad. The SkinPad creates a microclimate between your skin and the pad that pulls moisture to the surface where it plumps and smoothes wrinkles. But the healing doesn’t just stop when your alarm goes off. You can continue to fight wrinkles all day long with the SiO Beauty Décolleté Serum. It combines the best wrinkle-fighting ingredients available to hydrate, brighten, and protect the sensitive skin of your décolleté.
Bye Bye Tired Eyes
Getting rid of tired eyes only takes a few minutes a day. And that is time well spent because after all, when you look your best, you feel your best.