Don’t you just hate it when you see a photo of yourself and your eyes just look a bit, well, dead! Tired, red and just letting our look down.

That beautiful, star-like, flawless eye look is not as far away as many of you may think.

The best part of it is that you can make a few simple lifestyle adjustments and see the difference in your look as soon as 1 week later!

1.     The most obvious one of all! Sleep properly. Insufficient sleep leads to dilated blood vessels around the eyes and, because the skin under the eyes is the thinnest in the body, it’s quick to expose you.

By these blood vessels expanding, it creates the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes, as fluid escapes the vessels and sits in the space under the eyes.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to sleep but, ensuring quality sleep is the most important thing.

Search any article on sleep hygiene in order to see how you can maximise your sleep quality and take your eye game up a level.

2. Turn off the computer, phone, TV. I could start with the fact that many of us sleep with our devices on and that blue light not only damages your skin but also affects your sleep quality.

Or, I could mention the fact that we’re so attached to our devices that we do not create time in our routine for self-care.

However, most importantly is how we relate with our devices when working.

How so? Well, many of us look at our computer / laptop screen for long stretches of time.

We then take a break from them only to go on to our phones. It has been shown that by being on these devices our blinking is reduced and, as such, we develop dry and red eyes.

If this is you, then try using devices for no more than 20 minute stretches, taking a 5 minute break in between.

If that’s really not possible, you can get preservative free artificial tears to help keep your eyes lubricated.

These come in the form of eye drops you can use a couple times a day. Alternatively, find eyeglasses protection, like that provided by Ocushield, to help protect the eyes from that damaging light.

3. Wear eyewear! So, you eat right, go running 3 times a week but, wait! How about your eyes? If you’re the outdoorsy type, then consider using eye protection.

This is especially important during the autumn and winter months when it becomes far windier and this dries out the eyes.

By drying out the eyes we become more prone to rubbing. This leads to low level inflammation around the eyes, redness, puffiness and dark circles.

4.     Oh coffee where art thou!? So many of us rely on coffee first thing in the morning as a pick-me-up but, in fact this caffeine agent does your eyes no good when you drink it.

Not only does the caffeine in coffee stay in your system for up to 6 hours (do not drink it at night if you intend to sleep) but, also coffee is a potent diuretic.

What does this mean? It means it will make you pee on end. You’ve probably already experienced this.

This is an issue because it dehydrates you and very quickly leads to sunken eyes; giving that hollow tired look. “But, I’ve got tonnes of coffee in my cupboards” I hear you say.

Okay, no problem. Make a coffee paste, keep it in your fridge and put it on your under-eyes for 10 minutes each morning.

When applied on the skin, the caffeine causes tightening of the skin and can make you look less saggy.

5. Quit smoking! Even without me having to write another word, we all know smoking breeds nothing good. It’s your fastest ticket to wrinkles around your eyes.

Cigarette smoke contains chemicals which speed up the breakdown of collagen and elastin, essential for young looking skin.

Furthermore, it reduces your body’s oxygenation and you might start to notice a darkened or bluish tint to your under-eyes. Stop smoking and your eyes will spark back to life.

Now, for those of you who like to absolve themselves by smoking only marijuana, guess what – that’s ruining your eye beauty too! Cannabis contains something called THC.

This lowers blood pressure and dilates blood vessels; it’s why you get those red eyes after smoking.

However, prolonged use will lead to a longer lasting red eye effect and you can kiss sparkly white eyes goodbye.

So, there you have it. 5 lifestyle hacks that will save you money, improve your life in every way but, also get you on the way to that beautiful, bright eyes.


Dr Uche

Dr Uche is an author and award winning advanced Aesthetic Practitioner. He is also the founder of the founder of The Cosmetic Eye Clinic.