Let’s face it — it’s really not that easy to get a full 8 hours worth of sleep every day. We can probably get away with the lack of sleep once in a while… but in the long run, signs of sleep deprivation will emerge — especially through the eyes. Think puffy eye bags, dark under eye circles, fine lines and premature wrinkles, and an overall dullness. Not a good look is it?
While it will probably take some time for you to introduce an hour or two more of sleep into your daily routine and make it a good habit, you can always count on dietary aid and the help of these BAZAAR-approved eye products in the mean time. With these tips, you can bid adieu the visible signs of sleep deprivation, and say hello to enviably bright, vibrant peepers.
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Food rich in healthy oils and nutrients not only maintain good overall health, it also promotes beautiful eyes by protecting the cells from environmental damage and feeding them with all the good stuff to function properly.
Fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines are loaded with essential fatty acids that lubricate the tissues, thus preventing eye dryness helping them to appear brighter and fresher. Photo: Getty
Nuts are loaded with naturally-occuring vitamin E which provides antioxidant benefits — including protecting the eyes from harmful free radicals. Photo: Getty
Though small in size, berries are powerhouses for vitamins — namely vitamin C. This famous vitamin and other berry-derived antioxidants help to rejuvenate fatigued eyes and fend off damaging free radicals, so they appear less tired and more perked up. Photo: Getty
What do pumpkins, sweet potatoes, mangoes and carrots have in common? The answer is: beta-carotene. The body then converts this bright orange compound into vitamin A which promotes night vision and also prevents the eyes from diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Photo: Getty
Protect & Nourish
The skin around the eyes are significantly thinner than every other part of the body, so extra care must be taken to keep it in tip top condition — especially when you’re sleep-deprived. Sun protection is crucial in the day time to fend off nasty UV rays from damaging the skin, while restorative eye creams repair and recharge the skin’s health when you go to sleep at night so it’s ready to face the day when you awake the day after.
This day eye cream is formulated with Icelandic Glacial Water™ that helps to de-puff the eyes as well as the brand’s Transparency Enhancing Complex to brighten the skin around the eyes for a dramatic reduction of dark spots and under eye circles. Mallow extract also creates a protective barrier to shield the eyes against external aggressors so the skin around the eyes looks youthful and radiant all day long. Photo: Dior
While the powerful broad spectrum sun protection shields the skin around the eyes from harmful UV rays, the emollient formula conditions the eye area to promote a more youthful appearance. The cream’s Light Diffusing Powder also promotes instant brightening so the eyes look more awake. Photo: Shiseido
Loaded with Éphémères of Planifolia – a potent age-defying component derived from the vanilla plant – this eye cream restores youth and rejuvenates the skin around the eyes so they appear well-rested and more luminous over time. Photo: Chanel
Harnessing the anti aging powers of red pine, this luxurious eye cream fills up fine lines and nourishes the skin so it is more plump and hydrated. Photo: Sulwhasoo
Prevention is better than cure, and Lancôme’s Génifique Yeux Youth Activating eye cream sees that it protects the eye area with its potent blend of yeast extracts and humectants to energise, hydrate, and promote skin luminosity. Photo: Lancôme
Infused with the antioxidant amino acid compound pro-cystein, this age-defying eye cream promotes the maintenance of skin health by neutralizing harmful free radicals. Signs of ageing will be slowed down, so fresh and younger looking peepers result after continued use. Photo: L’Oreal Paris
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Treat Them With Love
Once or twice a week, slip a luxurious eye treatment into your skincare routine to soothe and pamper tired eyes for a brighter appearance.
While the luxurious gold components of the treatment hydra gel eye patch work to lift and firm the eye area, hyaluronic acid and glycerin intensely hydrate giving the eyes a well-rested look. Hydrolyzed collagen promotes healthy skin condition and caffeine de-puffs excess water retention. The result? Younger-looking eyes that will be the envy of many. Photo: Peter Thomas Roth
The mask works to keep dull, tired eyes at bay with its brightening and age defying compounds like the brand’s exclusive nutrient-dense Pitera and Eye Stress Eraser Complex™. Photo: SK-II
Hydration is key when it comes to iron out fine lines and this treatment mask for the eyes does just that with its high hyaluronic acid content. Antioxidants and plant-based extracts work to brighten and firm up the eye area so your eyes look fresh and sparkly with each use. Photo: Murad
It doesn’t hurt to cheat a little bit. With moisturising contact lenses, achieving a sparkly pair of eyes instantly is well within reach.
Blending three layers of translucent layers seamlessly, these moisturising lenses enhance the appearance of the eyes so you can get that glossy well-rested look in a snap. Photo: ACUVUE®
Not only do these daily lenses employ Micro-Encapsulation Technology that hold the colour pigments together without coming in direct contact with the eyes, they’re also created with 55% water content and highly moisturising methacrylic acid so the eyes appear bright and sparkly instantly. Photo: Bausch + Lomb
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