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How to Achieve Bright and Healthy Eyes

Updated on August 24, 2009

Many women will admit that their eyes are their best and most stunning feature. However, it can be a real downer to wake up and see tired-looking, dark and puffy eyes staring back at you in the mirror. A lot of people will attribute this to a lack of sleep, and although we'd all like some more of it, most times its just not possible. Luckily there are some very effective tips, tricks and techniques that you can employ to brighten your eyes and make them appear healthier. 

Common causes of puffiness around the eyes are fluid retention and irritations to the eye. If, in your diet, you eat foods that contain a lot of sodium, your body will retain water to balance the salt content of your cells. This leads to puffiness of your skin, which is most noticeable in the tender skin of the eyes. In order to help this condition, it is adviseable to cut down on your sodium intake and drink plenty of water. While this last reccommendation may seem retrograde to your desires, it will help to flush your body of its high salt content and reduce puffiness.

Another reason your eyes can be puffy is an allergic reaction to any products you may use. Be very careful when selecting skin care products and eye make up so ensure it won't irritate your skin. Sleeping with your makeup on can also damage the health of your eyes, so you must remember to take it off before bed every night. It is reccommended that you replace your eye cosmetics, such as eye liner and mascara, regularly (at least once every six months) to avoid irritating your eyes with old, flaky makeup or bacteria. Additionally, while using skin care products such as face creams etc. do not use them on the area around your eyes, unless directed. Most facial products are not suited to the very delicate skin of your eyes, and applying such products can have an adverse effect on the health of your eyes. Cigarette smoke is another eye irritant to look out for, too.

Nutrimetics Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
Nutrimetics Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Lotion
Avon's Anew Clinical Eye Lift
Avon's Anew Clinical Eye Lift

So, how can we fix our dark and tired eyes? Follow these simple steps for brighter and healthier eyes.

 1. Drink lots of water. Not only will this improve the general condition of your skin and health, but will also wash the excess sodium from your system and reduce puffiness around the eyes.

2. Remove your makeup every night before you go to bed. Leaving your make up on while sleeping will cause irritation to the eye, resulting in redness and puffiness. A product I'd recommend is Nutrimetics Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Lotion.

3. Use a eye cream or gel to enhance the appearance and health of your eye area. These products generally reduce puffiness, eliminate dark circles and hydrate the skin. Try Avon's Clinical Eye Lift, which has a gel for above your eye, and a cream for below.

4. Apply a good eye mask weekly. This will tone and improve the elasticity of the skin around your eye.

Additional tips include taking a Vitamin C supplement in order to remove excess water and aid the development of collagen in your body, placing steeped and wrung green tea bags over your eyes for 10 minutes and using an under-eye concealer based on pink pigments to disguise bags. 

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      OTmommy - thanks for commenting! I'm sorry that allergies aren't covered in this article, I never thought of them. If the purple skin troubles you too much, you could always try a lightweight and gently-formulated concelear, taking care not to get it in the eye. Other than that, I know that Avon has a skin colour correcting treatment that you might like to try. However, having never used it myself, I don't know if this would help.

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      OTmommy 8 years ago from Southern USA

      Good information on keeping the eyes to look healthy. I suffer from allergies and tend to get purple-ish skin in the corner of my eyes, because I rub them so often. I will have to start trying a weekly mask in addition to what I already do. Thanks!

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      Yangtze 8 years ago

      Wonderful hubs,and eyes are so important-the window of our hearts.We should protect them well.

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      \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      i sell avon wish i could sell it on here to hundreds of people..... long time no see choke frantic... how are you

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Cosette - I've never tried the crushed ice, but thanks for the tip =]

      Pamela99 - I have the Avon Anew Clinical Eye Treatment and its really good for moisturising and rejuvenating the eye area. Good choice!

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      Good article. I think I'll try the Avon cream.

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      cosette 8 years ago

      one time I cried a lot, and I had to go somewhere, so I put crushed ice in a sandwich bag and wrapped a soft cloth around it and put it on my eyes and it reduced that puffiness right away. I like natural remedies too. great hub!

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Thanks for your feedback guys.

      Helen: I don't see the point in paying big bucks for chemicals which claim to fix the eye area. If you supplement the above tips with some of the reasonably-priced recommended products I am sure that you'll see good results.

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      This is nice. Thanks for sharing.

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      This is great I just found a new on e too in the Olay regenerist range, but I will try your tips.