Top tips on how to have healthier, younger looking eyes.
(This is a sponsored post but all views are my own and, as you know, I only work with brands that share my ethics and that I would want to buy anyway.)
I’ve also added a list of my top tips on how to improve your eye health at the end of this review, which I hope you find useful.
For the seven day trial. I received the PRAI Ageless Eye Tight Uplift Serum, (£29.99) which promises to target fine lines and imperfections as well as lifting and improving elasticity. This I popped around the upper part of my eye up to the brow and over the eye lid crease, night and morning. I was also given the peptide enriched creme, Ageless Eye D-Crease, (£29.99) for the baggy bits and crows feet under my eyes. Again, night and morning, using my ring finger to gently pat all round the under eye area.
So how did I get on? Well, first of all, it does say “targets fine lines” and my lines are very deep and anything but fine, so I didn’t expect a miracle in such a short time. Also, at my age, 69, I think I need at least two weeks to see the sort of results I got with the decolletage trial. Having said that, after just a week I definitely noticed subtle changes in the mirror……. my brow looked a little higher, the crows feet were a little less deep and the puffy bags underneath my eyes were certainly less puffy. If you are much younger than me, you will probably get a more dramatic effect quicker. I will report back when I have used the serum and creme for a month as the longer I use it the better the results seem to be.
These before and after photos were taken eight days apart, at the same time of the day and in the same location. I can’t control the sun and brightness but they have not been edited at all so here I am with my un-made up face, straggly eye brows and all!
The after photo of my eye, on the right below, certainly looks brighter and more lifted and there’s even a little improvement on the lid crease. You’ll just have to take my word for it that the under eye bags were much better as it was impossible to photograph them! But, as with all pro-ageing products, the real difference is when you stop using them. My eyes certainly missed the daily regime when I ran out and as it’s such a reasonably priced beauty product, I will be keeping these two in my cupboard to use long term, along with the fab decolletage creme.
If you want to give these very reasonably priced (and vegan) eye products a whirl, you can find them at your local Marks & Spencer or on-line at M & S here.
Offer: Free Neck Lift Discovery Duo worth £20 when you buy 2 PRAI products at M&S. To redeem add product code T231768F to your bag.
I am a big fan of PRAI, not only because their fairly priced creams and serums work but also because they donate a portion of PRAI's sales to animal charity work, looking after our furry friends!
Meanwhile, here are my top tips on how to have healthier, brighter looking eyes so you can treat them from the inside as well as from the outside……. starting with sunglasses. Having looked at my un-edited, un-made-up photos selfies, you probably now realise why I am always wearing vintage sunnies!
EYE HEALTH - TOP TIPS FOR HEALTHIER, YOUNGR EYES.
Wear sunglasses in the sun, with 100% UV protection. Don’t buy cheap sunnies that offer little UV protection and want to prevent macular degeneration and more lines.
Stop smoking: all those thousands of toxic chemicals go straight into your eyes. (That’s why mine are so bad, years of smoking before I knew better.)
Drink 1–2 litres of water a day. Your eyes need it as well as the rest of your body!
Eat a diet that supports eye health: antioxidant-rich berries such as blueberries protect the eye blood vessels. beta-carotene-rich carrots are fab too. Just be careful you don’t go orange! After three weeks of drinking juiced carrots daily, I had to have my eyes re-tested because my eyesight had improved between the eye test and the prescription. The optometrist couldn’t believe her eyes! Pun alert!
If you’re not so keen on juicing carrots: spirulina and goji berries both have one of the highest levels of beta-carotene so you can try these instead of carrots.
Lutein and astaxanthin can help improve eye health because they act as potent free-radical scavengers for the retina, helping to prevent or at least halt any further development of macular degeneration. My optician is a big fan of these two. Both are found in dark green foods such as spinach, broccoli and also in eggs.
There is also a spray you can buy to take orally, that contains eye nutrients such as lutein, bilberry and gingko biloba. This is available from reputable health stores or online. There are many supplements made especially for eye health, including s super supplement I take daily - astaxanthin. Six milligrams of astaxanthin was shown to support healthy vision and eye health in a randomised double-blind study.
Exercise every day to help oxygenated, fresh blood reach your eyes’ cells.
Apply castor oil to clean your eyelashes: it will help them grow thicker and longer. Why do they get sparser and thinner with age?
Quick fix: green-tea teabags soaked in hot water, chilled in a freezer then popped on the eyes, will help their appearance. The antioxidants in the tea reduce swelling and should put the sparkle back into the windows of your soul.
Eye tests: please have your eyes tested regularly because the optometrist can discover a lot more than failing eye- sight. Glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, cholesterol build-up and macular degeneration can all be diagnosed during your eye test.
If you work at a computer take a break every thirty minutes to an hour and rest your eyes. Looking into the distance for a couple of seconds as often as possible while working on-screen will also help. Your eye is a muscle and, like any other, needs exercising. Encouraging it to focus away from the screen regularly will keep it more flexible and help you avoid eye strain. As hunter-gatherers we developed our long-distance vision, so the muscles are at their most relaxed when we use them for looking into the distance.
Use an over the counter eye spray or drops if you get sore eyes from too much computer work.
I do hope my top tips and my PRAI trial have given you some useful info. As usual, I would love to hear from you if you try the PRAI eye products or any of my top tips. Just pop a Comment under this blog. And if there’s anything you need to know, please ask away.