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Healthy Eye Creams

Body+Soul, April/May 2005

Eyes are everyone's center of attention -- and attraction. But they're also the place where age and stress make their marks first, in the form of dark circles or early wrinkles, which makes the idea of eye-specific creams very appealing. As a consumer, though, you have to wonder, are those tiny, pricey tubes really worth it? Experts say yes. Products designed for the rest of the face can irritate eyes. The eye area is delicate and prone to dryness and early thinning of the skin. Many eye creams target specific problems using natural ingredients like soothing herbs, antioxidant vitamins, and wrinkle-smoothing peptide complexes. With an arsenal of appropriate products and the proper eye-care techniques, you can attain a youthful and well-rested appearance.


The Problems

Under-eye and eyelid skin doesn't have the same oil-producing glands as the rest of the skin, making it extra prone to dryness and flakiness.


Fine Lines
Over time, habitual expressions and free-radical damage cause skin's collagen to regenerate imperfectly. This causes fine lines, or "crow's feet," at the outer corners of the eyes.


Dark Circles
The already delicate under-eye and eyelid skin gets thinner and more transparent with age, allowing bluish-red blood vessels to show through.


Stress and lack of sleep cause inflammation and irritation, and the super-sensitive area under the eyes can become especially pink and puffy.


The Solutions


Eliminate Dark Circles, Deflate Puffy Eyes

Serums or creams infused with caffeine and vitamins C and K are the keys to well-rested eyes.


Treat Crow's Feet

Soothing creams can give crow's feet the permanent boot when applied appropriately. 


Cover Up Dark Circles

Light-reflecting concealers disguise the ultimate signifier of exhaustion: dark under eye circles. 


Get Fuller Lashes

A full fringe of lush lashes will frame the windows to your soul.


Apply Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid liner can both simulate the appearance of fuller lashes and redirect attention from redness.


Get Smokey Eyes

When date night arrives each week, stroll the town in style with sophisticated smokey eye.


Reduce Red Eyes

Nothing belies a good night's sleep like red-rimmed eyes. Eye drops can remedy the residual effects of sleeplessness.


Take Your Makeup from Work to Play

Transitioning your look from daytime to evening is a snap with a simple smokey eye routine and an extra coat of mascara.


Tips for Hazel, Green Eyes

Enhance olive eyes with a dash of gilded shadow.


Tips for Blue Eyes

Intensify vivid baby blues with an earth tone eye shadow palette.


Tips for Brown Eyes

A pop pf plum lends luster to beautiful brown eyes.


Pluck and Shape Eyebrows

Expertly shaped brows frame your best feature and enhance your hue.




Tips For Beautiful Eyes


If your eyes require extra TLC, crafting your very own eye cream is one expert solution. This simple DIY treatment utilizes the healing capabilities of cucumber, chamomile, and aloe vera to treat weary peepers. As an added bonus, the recipe is completely composed of natural ingredients.

Get the Soothing Cucumber Eye Treatment How-To 

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