How To Keep Your Eyes Looking Youthful

Updated on January 1, 2024
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How old we look has a lot to do with our eyes. Eye bags, crow’s feet, droopy eyelids and bloodshot eyes can all age us. By looking after your eyes, you can reduce wrinkles around the eyes and dryness – keeping you looking more youthful. Just what are some ways to care for our eyes? This post delves into a few different eye care tips.

Get your beauty sleep

You can often tell someone hasn’t been getting enough sleep by looking at their eyes. Sleep deprivation causes us to wake up with dry eyes, droopy eyelids and dark circles around our eyes. This is our body’s way of telling us to shut our eyes and get back to sleep. 

Of course, as much as we’d like to just go back to sleep, this isn’t an option for those of us who have responsibilities like jobs/kids/dogs. Instead, the best solution is often to go to bed earlier. You should aim for about 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. This means that if you have to get up at 5am, you should ideally be looking to go to sleep at 9pm or 10pm!

Getting your beauty sleep won’t just prevent tired-looking eyes the next morning – it could prevent permanent aging to your eyes caused by years of dry eyes and dark circles. And of course, there are so many other benefits to getting a good night sleep from better skin health to a healthier heart. So try to get 7 hours per night whenever you can (if you’re a mom, try some of these tips to help you get more sleep). 

Stop smoking

Smoking damages pretty much every part of your body – including your eyes. Smoking can speed up AMD, increase your risk of cataracts and cause dry eye syndrome. Constant squinting while smoking can also increase the risk of developing wrinkles around the corners of the eyes (known as ‘crow’s feet’). Collagen production is also negatively impacted by smoking, which can lead to a greater chance of developing droopy eyelids and eye bags.

By quitting smoking, you could keep your eyes looking more youthful. You could also maintain more youthful looking skin and whiter teeth, as well as warding off all kinds of other health problems caused by smoking.

There are many ways to quit smoking that are worth exploring. Vaping is one of the most common ways to quit smoking, but unfortunately can cause similar damage to your eyes, so is not the best replacement.

Drink more water

Staying hydrated is very important for your eye health. When you’re dehydrated, your eyes produce less tears. This can result in dryer eyes, which can become permanently bloodshot as you get older. Dehydration may also speed up development of wrinkles and make eye bags appear more prominent.

It’s recommended that you drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water per day to maintain a good level of hydration. Obviously, if you’re doing a lot of exercise or in a very hot environment, you may need to drink more than this. You can usually tell if you’re not drinking enough water from symptoms like a dry mouth, headaches, dark urine and sunken eyes. 

Staying hydrated can lead to a rosier complexion and better functioning organs. In fact, your whole body will feel better because of it. 

Drink less alcohol

As with smoking, heavy drinking can age your eyes. Because alcohol is a diuretic, it can dehydrate you. This results in hangovers being accompanied by dry, sunken eyes. In the long run, this could permanently age your eyes. Heavy alcohol consumption over time may even damage your optic nerve.

What is defined as ‘heavy drinking’? For men, regularly drinking anything more than 15 drinks per week. For women, regularly drinking anything more than 8 drinks per week. 

Making sure that you are drinking in moderation could help to keep your eyes looking youthful, as well as helping to ward off all kinds of other health problems like liver damage and gout. Consuming more water between alcoholic drinks can also help. 

Cut down on salt

A diet high in salt could also potentially be damaging your eyes. Consuming too much salt can lead to permanently high blood pressure, which can increase your risk of developing cataracts. Salt also dehydrates the body – leading to dry and sunken eyes.

It’s recommended that we all consume no more than 6 grams of salt per day. Salt is naturally found in many of the foods we eat and is generally not necessary to add it to foods. Using other herbs and spices to add flavor can be much healthier. It’s also worth limiting certain salty processed foods including canned soups, pizza, cured meats, white bread and sandwiches.

Lowering your daily salt content could not just help you to preserve youthful looking eyes, but could also reduce the risk of many other health problems. This includes a reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes. 

Get your fix of vitamins

Like all organs in our body, the eyes are reliant on a steady stream of nutrients to function well. The most important vitamins needed to keep our eyes healthy are vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. 

Which foods and drinks are high in these vitamins? Carrots, cantaloupe, red peppers, tomatoes and broccoli are some of the best examples. Try to incorporate these foods into your diet where you can. Certain foods like tomatoes and carrots can be even healthier when they are raw (best served in a salad). 

Wear shades in the sun

The sun can also damage our eyes over time. In fact, too much sun exposure has been linked with an increased risk of cataracts. The sun also causes us to excessively squint, which can increase the development of crow’s feet wrinkles.

Wearing shades is a simple way to stop you from squinting as much, as well as protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays that could cause cataracts. When choosing shades, make sure to choose shades that actually provide a decent level of UV protection. 

Use the right skincare products

When it comes to treating dry skin near eyes and reducing wrinkles, there are various skincare products that you can use to help. 

Perhaps the most obvious skincare product is moisturizer. This can help to introduce oils back into the skin to fight dryness and reduce wrinkles. There are eye moisturizing creams that you can buy for easier application to the eyelids.

It’s worth also looking out for eye serums containing retinol. This chemical compound has been proven to boost collagen production, helping to reduce production of wrinkles and even reverse tiny wrinkles. There are moisturizers on the market that also contain retinol.

Another skincare product that you shouldn’t overlook is sunscreen. While shades will provide the most protection to your eyes, adding sunscreen to your face could also help reduce wrinkles around the eyes. This is because UV rays from the sun can inhibit collagen production and speed up wrinkles – wearing sunscreen blocks out these UV rays so that collagen production isn’t affected.

Use eye drops

If you suffer from dry eyes, eye drops can help to keep your eyes hydrated. This can prevent redness and damaged blood vessels.

There are many eye drops that you can buy over the counter. Try these out and see if it has a positive impact on your eyes. Those who suffer from allergies could find that eyedrops are particularly useful for reducing irritation. 

Go easy on the makeup

Some of us like to wear a lot of makeup around our eyes to disguise wrinkles or dark circles. But all that mascara and eyeliner could be making it worse over time. 

How so? Some of the makeup we wear around our eyes naturally gets into our eyes and contributes to eye dryness – which can lead to permanent damage if you’re wearing makeup every day. Applying eyeliner every day can also affect the elasticity of our skin and may lead to faster development of wrinkles around the eyes.

Try not to wear makeup every day to give your eyes and your face some time to breathe. Wearing makeup occasionally is unlikely to cause any damage to your eyes. 

Explore cosmetic procedures

If you’ve already started to develop wrinkles or droopy eyes, there could still be a way to restore youth to your eyes. Many cosmetic procedures exist that can help to tighten skin or reduce wrinkles.

Injectables are one common treatment that has temporary results lasting a few months. Botox injections can help paralyze muscles causing crow’s feet wrinkles. Fillers can meanwhile restore volume to sunken eyes.

As for eyebags and droopy eyelids, this can all be treated by undergoing a blepharoplasty. This is a type of surgery that is used to remove excess skin from around the eyes. It can be quite expensive and it does come with its risks, but it can have more long-lasting results than Botox or fillers. A cosmetic surgeon will be able to explain more. 

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