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Simple Self Care Tips To Put The Twinkle Back Into Your Eyes

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Eyes are not only the window to our souls, they also act as a window for the whole world to see when we're tired, run down, dehydrated or even unwell. The sensitive, thin skin around the eye area is one of the first places to show early signs of aging and fatigue, but luckily there are an increasing number of ways you can soothe, smooth and brighten yours for both aesthetic and health reasons. 

Here are our top tips and product recommendations for caring for the eyes and the skin around them:

Scare Away Crow's Feet

One of the first signs of cutaneous aging, crow's feet  – or "laughter lines," although there's nothing particularly funny about them –  are wrinkles that appear on the outer corners of the eyes. They are caused by repetitive facial movements such as squinting and smiling which, over the years, cause the skin to form into permanently visible thin lines. 

Laughter lines are inevitable when it comes to natural aging, but there are products that can help delay their development. Eye contour creams and gels can be a useful addition to your skincare routine. Apply morning and night using a clean fingertip to tap (not rub) the product into the skin for maximum absorption.

La Mer's Lifting Eye Serum with its soothing metal applicator has a reputation as a cult product, but because not everyone can afford to splash out $245 on an eye gel, we recommend Langé's Eye Contour Tensor Serum (at 68€ it's still at the upper end of our beauty budget) or the more wallet-friendly Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Eye Cream from L'Oréal Paris which comes in at around $18.
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La Mer Lifting Eye Serum - $245
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Langé Eye Contour Tensor Serum – 68€
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L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream - $18
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Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream - $15
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Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment For Wrinkles - $27
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Dark Circles: Step Into The Light

Once of the most apparent ways our eyes show a lack of sleep is through the formation of dark circles, known dermatologically as “periorbital hyperpigmentation,” or POH. This becomes even more apparent as we get older, due to the skin becoming less firm and thinner, exposing the purple-hued blood vessels beneath the top layer of the skin. When we do not allow our bodies enough sleep, these blood vessels dilate and become even more obvious.

Because it doesn't look like our lives are going to become less busy any time soon, technology is being developed to help prevent and reduce under-eye shadows. From the rather intimidating-looking SpectraLite glasses by Dr Dennis Gross to the more simple IRIS Eye Massager by Foreo, there's no shortage of high-tech tools that promise to reduce the appearance of tiredness.

While you're waiting for the effects of 21st-Century tech to take effect, makeup remains your best friend when it comes to eye-bag camouflage. The iconic Touche Eclat by YSL is still one of the best under-eye concealers on the market, but rivals such as Smashbox's Camera Ready BB Cream and Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind are also firm favorites for neutralizing purple hues and brightening the area.
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Dr Dennis Gross SpectraLite EyeCare Pro LED Device - $159
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Foreo IRIS Illuminating Eye Massager – 123€
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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat - $42
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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream For Eyes - $25
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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser - $10
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Soothe and Prevent Eye Strain

Another symptom of repetitive eye squinting and fatigue, eye strain can be caused by computer screens, phones and even textbooks. While it's not an excuse not to do your homework, it's important you do not damage your eyes by forcing them to focus at the same distance for hours on end, and that you take measures to reduce the strain as much as possible.

An optician should be your first step when it comes to relieving the pressure on your eyes. The right pair of glasses can provide immediate relief, plus they're a great fashion accessory! Much like makeup and hair color, you have multiple optical options, meaning you can change your frames as often you change your outfit.

Performing simple exercises throughout the day can also prevent the blurriness that results from strained eyes. At least once a hour, look up from your book or screen, and focus your eyes on a specific object at the other side of the room. Wait until your eyes adjust to the object, then look back at the screen, wait and repeat. By changing your vision from close to far-off focus, you are stretching your eye muscles.

Technology can also come to our aid when it comes to eye strain. Experts recommend installing an app on your phone or tablet that filters out blue light, reputed to prevent the body from switching off and going to sleep. This means fewer bags and fresher-feeling eyes when you wake up! Blue-blocking technology also exists in the form of special, light-reflective lenses, although research has yet to confirm their efficacy.
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Warby Parker Chelsea Eyeglasses – from $95
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Urban Outfitters Vintage Professor Round Metal Readers - $20
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Coastal Gucci Eyeglasses with Kodak BlueReflect Lenses – from $180
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Leap Fitness Group Blue Light Filter Night Mode App – $0
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F.Lux Blue Light Reflector Software – $0
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