As much as I love travelling and discovering new treasures, sometimes the shifting time zones and multiple flights can take a toll on my skin, especially around my eyes. Here are some of my favorite ways to soothe and refresh my eyes after a long journey:

1. Use a hydrating and nourishing eye cream

As part of your skincare ritual, a non-irritating and gentle eye cream will nourish the skin around the eyes. Powerful botanicals highlighted in the centuries-old beauty manuscript we re-discovered are the main actives in our Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream. Peony extract, for example, boosts microcirculation beneath the surface of the skin, helping deliver nutrients to the skin.

 

2. Made in the shade

Sunglasses not only give you an air of mystery and glamour, they also protect the delicate skin around your eyes from UV rays. The shade they provide also help prevent squinting, which can strain facial muscles. Make sure your sunglasses provide full UV filtering.

 

3. A powerful pick-me-up

When you have some time to relax, this simple home-remedy will calm puffiness and revitalize skin. Immerse two green teabags in hot water to replenish the dried leaves inside. The hot water will also release green tea’s tannins and catechins, antioxidants that reinvigorate skin. Once the teabags have brewed for a couple minutes and the leaves have plumped up, remove them carefully from the tea and gently squeeze out the water they've absorbed. Place them on a small plate or saucer, and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes. If you’re a tea drinker like me, sip and enjoy the tea you’ve just brewed! The teabags should feel cool to the touch when they’re ready. 

Just lie down with your head slightly propped up and place the teabags over your eyes. The combination of cool temperature and antioxidants natural to green tea help reduce swelling and inflammation. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes as you listen to soothing music, or perhaps try to meditate.

Gently pat dry your eye area and use an eye cream to seal all this goodness in.

 

4. Dream sweetly on a buckwheat pillow

A buckwheat pillow can help you sleep on your back by providing support for your neck and head. If you notice your eyes are puffy in the morning, it could be because excess fluid has collected in the area, especially if you sleep on your side or stomach. Sleeping on your back with a slight elevation to your head will help keep fluid circulating.

 

5. Create an evening ritual before bed

A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your eyes and overall health. To cultivate good sleeping habits, establish an evening ritual for yourself. Whether it’s winding down by gradually dimming the lights, curling up on the couch to read for a bit, or taking a moment to follow your evening skincare ritual, mindfully preparing yourself for sleep has been shown to improve sleep quality.

Of course, the best news is that you can do all these things even if you aren't feeling sleep-deprived, and taking a few minutes every day to pamper yourself is the best eye-opening experience of all. 

Victoria Tsai
Chief Treasure Hunter

published May 2015

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