By Julie Jorgensen
They’ve been deemed “the windows to the soul.” They come in all shapes and sizes, and in a myriad of colors. To say that our eyes are a precious and essential part of ourselves is an understatement. Seeing as it is Eye Health Month, it’s only appropriate we take a “look” into what’s necessary for gorgeous, healthy eyes.
Y’all probably grew up like I did, hearing your mamas demand that you eat your carrots to help your vision. It turns out they were right, for the most part: the beta carotene found in carrots is converted in the body into vitamin A, which supports the health of our mucous membranes, skin, immune system and eyes! Taking care of our eyes via the foods we eat goes far beyond the whole Bugs-Bunny carrot thing. Salmon, eggs, leafy greens, whole grains like quinoa and brown rice, citrus fruits and berries have all been clinically shown to support and improve overall eye health. Additionally, WebMD suggests upping your intake of calcium, selenium, lutein, zinc and vitamin C to preserve eye health. Omega-3s play a crucial role as well. If you spend a fair amount of your day staring at a computer screen or driving, invest in some eye drops to prevent those orbs from becoming dry. Look for drops that offer lipid-based lubrication, and try not to freak out when you’re administering them to yourself. That’s never a good look.
What you apply onto the delicate skin around your eyes matters, so it’s important to do your research and invest in an eye cream. Yes, I said invest. My experience has always been that with eye cream, the saying “you get what you pay for” applies. Snag a formula that includes caffeine to alleviate puffiness and hyaluronic acid to plump up fine lines and wrinkles and is free of moisture-zapping alcohol. The Neocutis Lumière eye creams are simply the best I’ve ever tried. An airtight pump bottle will set you back about a hundred bucks, but will last you a few months and will have you fielding questions like “so where did you go on vacation?”
When it comes to beautification of your precious little eyeballs, it’s all about illusion. Now I don’t mean piling on makeup until you look like a drunken panda – I mean playing with shadows and light. A nude-colored eyeliner pencil applied to the lower inner rims of your eyelids will make your eyes pop like you’ve had twelve hours of sleep. Experiment with different hues of mascara: a cobalt blue will make the whites of your eyes look whiter and therefore bigger and more youthful, a deep plum shade makes hazel and green eyes come to life, but nothing makes your eyes stand out like a full fringe of black lashes. Cover Girl Lash Blast and Chanel Le Volume are my all-time favorites. You fair-haired lovelies with blonde eyelashes should stick to brown or a brownish black instead. Dot a subtly-shimmery pale ivory or gold powder shadow at the inner corners and onto the brow-bones to really take things to the next level. Invest in eye-makeup remover that won’t irritate your eyes. Bi-Facil by Lancôme removes any trace of makeup while being sweet to your peepers.
There you have it – a back-to-basics rundown of what you should eat, take and apply for the most gorgeous eyes ever. Keep those “soul windows” healthy, and they’ll pay you back in spades! Cheers!
The Beauty Junkie