Eye whitening drops are actually safe

Have yellow eyes? Here's how to make them white again

Add this to your list of beauty concerns to worry about: yellow eyes and learning how to brighten your eyes. Yes, it is a legitimate concern that people have and it is common.

As if dull, tired skin wasn't enough to ruin your day, studies show that yellow eyes can make you look older, tired, or even sad., If the whites of your eyes turn yellow, it could be a sign of bigger ones, among other things Health problems like allergic reactions, glaucoma, and toxin build-up. Once you've ruled out health issues after consulting a doctor, here are 10 ways to make the whites of your eyes look whiter, from eye whitening drops to clever makeup tricks.

For instant results

Eye Drops: There are many eye drops that claim to make the whites of your eyes lighter, but for quick results when you need them most, try Lumify Eye Drops ($ 9.58 on Amazon)., They're the only drops on the market those made with brimonidine, an active ingredient that specifically targets redness without the side effects often caused by other brands. It's also worth noting that these eye drops are FDA approved and made without bleach or dyes.

Be sure to use them as directed to avoid something called "rebound redness," which basically means your eyes will look white a few minutes after using the drops and the redness will return hours later with continued use If you wear contacts, Los Angeles-based dermatologist and author Jessica Wu recommends using formulas that emphasize moisture.

Soy milk: "Soak a few cotton pads in cold soy milk and hold them over your eyes," says Dr. Wu. "The cold temperature, along with the anti-inflammatory proteins in soy milk, shrinks blood vessels to reduce bleeding eyes and reduce puffiness."

Lots of fluids: Dehydration can really affect the whites of your eyes, which is why it is extremely important to drink plenty of water.,

Shimmery White Shadow: Using a shimmery white eyeshadow only in the inner corners of your eyes can make a world of difference. Aside from lightening the darkest, shadowiest place on your face, you'll also brighten your yellow or red eyes and make everything look fresh!

Blue eyeliner or mascara: For a makeup approach, take out your favorite blue eyeliner or mascara. Just as blue eye drops counteract the yellow and white colors, so will blue make-up. Applying a blue liner along the lower lash line is especially effective., Also tap a concealer on your upper and lower eyelids, recommends Dr. Wu.

For gradual results

Eat carrots: Vitamin C is extremely helpful in brightening your eyes as it can help prevent the build-up of foreign objects that can get into your eye. Carrots are high in vitamins A and C and promote brighter, healthier eyes.

Avoid Sugars and Fats: If it's not clear by now, sugars and fats are doing you a disservice. We're all suckers for candy and junk food, but the effects of eating foods high in sugar and fat are nothing but terrible. These become toxins that flood your liver, and when your liver can't work properly, they take over Toxins your body, which can lead to yellow or red eyes. Avoid processed, sugary, and high fat foods to clear out your liver (and therefore your eyes).

Avoid Caffeine: As mentioned earlier, anything that dehydrates you can ravage your eyes, and caffeine is one of the biggest culprits for dehydration. If you have a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea every day, combine it with a glass of water to make up for the dehydration., After that, stay away from coffee, tea, or caffeinated soda.

Wear sunglasses: "Wear sunglasses outdoors because wind and UV rays can cause white eyes to thicken and yellow, a condition known as pterygium," says Dr. Wu.

Avoid Irritants: Avoiding irritants, from smoke and dust to pollen and other allergens, can seriously help your eyes stay white. Avoid smoking on the street or hanging out with friends while they smoke and do what you can to keep your living area free of dust and allergens, these can cause red eyes virtually instantly.

How to make the whites of your eyes whiter | @stylecaster

A version of this article was originally published in July 2016.

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