Your eyes are the first thing people see and are the most important feature to focus on when it comes to anti-aging. Trust me on this!
I swear the day I turned 30 I looked in the mirror and thought “what is up with my eyes???”. I was starting to get crow’s feet, my eyelids looked tired and heavy, and I even had wrinkles UNDER my eyes. I still blame it all on having my first two kiddos in 18 months and a complete lack of sleep. But seriously, I felt like it happened overnight.
That’s when I became INSANELY obsessed with anti-aging. Trust me, I know there are more important things in life to worry about but we all want to look good and bottom line it’s hard to see yourself age.
And I know I’m not alone. I can’t tell you how many conversations I have had with my girlfriends over wine about anti-aging and skincare products. We all think we are looking older, and most of us complain about the wrinkles on our forehead and around our eyes.
I have hooded eyelids, which means I have an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to look smaller. When I would apply eye shadow, often you couldn’t even see it…so it was kind of pointless. And if I woke up with puffy eyes, often my eyelids covered my lashes. All of this combined just (just in case meaning) gave me an overall tired look.
I’ve spent the past 8 years researching and trying every anti-aging night cream, serum, and product under the sun. What I can tell you is no one product will work miracles and nothing works overnight. However, I will share a few simple things you can do to get rid of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and give your eyes an overall more awake and youthful appearance
Take care of those brows
Getting your brows in check is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your eyes look more awake. The first thing you need to do is STOP TWEEZING. Take a look at any beauty magazine these days and all of the young models have dark, full eyebrows. Until about a year ago I was someone who could grab a pair of tweezers and go to town. If you live in Omaha I would highly recommend visiting Dustin @ Comb Brows & Hair.
Boost Your Lashes
Longer lashes give your eyes a more youthful look. They also HIDE the appearance of drooping, sagging, or hooded eyelids and make you look more awake.
When I was a kid I had really long lashes…women used to always complement me on them. But just last year I noticed no matter how much mascara I put on my lashes just appeared shorter. Were they falling out? What was happening?
Right before the holidays I discovered a new Lash Serum by Rodan + Fields that helps your lashes grow longer, darker, and thicker. I started to notice growth at about 2 weeks, and after 8 weeks my lashes were insane. People started asking me if I had extensions! Now, I hardly wear any mascara and very little eye shadow. It’s been a great quick fix for my hooded eyelid issues.
Use a Hydration Serum
Nothing can replace drinking water, but there are many hydration serums out there that help attract and retain water to diminish wrinkles and give your skin a glow. Remember your eyes are the first thing people notice…when your skin is dry and dehydrated the skin around your eyes will show more wrinkles.
There are two really great Hydration products on the market now I have tried and love (fall in love synonym) them both. I have tried SkinMedica’s HA5, and it’s lovely…but at $178 for me it’s not worth the cost. I was told by my dermatologist that Neutrogena makes a hydrating product that is only $15, but I have yet to try this.
My favorite so far is the new Active Hydration Serum. It plumps my skin, fills in wrinkles, and gives my skin a really nice glow. I’m KICKING myself right now because I accidentally left a brand new bottle in my hotel room on a recent trip to Las Vegas!!
Stick with a Consistent Skincare Regimen
At a MINIMUM wash your face every night and wear an SPF 50 Sunscreen every day. But ladies, this is at a MINIMUM. If you are over 30 you need to be using a consistent skincare regimen and eye cream every day. There are regimens for every price point. 85% of the way your skin looks is based on how you PREVENT it from aging. So much is under your control. I have SO many friends who tell me they forget to wash their face at night. I just cringe when I hear this. Did you know your face ages 7 days for every night you skip washing your face. Not worth it! If you would like to know more about the skincare regimen and eye cream I currently use, comment or send me an e-mail.
And yes, there’s always Botox
So many are scared of the needle, but if you have wrinkles on your forehead or your brows need a little lift, nothing can really compete with Botox. Injected on the forehead and in between the eyes, it makes you look youthful and more awake…if done correctly. It’s about the only thing that REALLY helps people with droopy eyelids, because there is just no serum or cream for that.
I have seen many women with almost vertical brows that look downright scary. With Botox my rule, less is more. Start small and add more IF you need it. And quite honestly I believe that if you are going down the road of Botox and other injectables, stick to one feature. I think the eyes are the most important because that’s what people notice first. I personally don’t love the look of botox and fillers around the mouth, because I think it makes you look like a lion!
Cost-wise Botox can vary. I’ve seen it anywhere from $10-14 per unit. Shop around and make sure you find an experienced professional. I would recommend a Dermatologist or a very well-known or respected Med Spa. Stay away from prices that seem too good to be true, because it’s usually inexperienced people trying to get new business. Remember, you get what you pay for. Your best bet is to get a referral from a friend you trust!