How to Care for Your Eyes

Eye health often gets overlooked!

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This post is sponsored by Grace & Stella Co.; all opinions are my own.

People from our generation and younger are heavy screen-users, so our eyes will naturally age quicker than our parents or grandparents. Plus, tired skin can be hidden under makeup, but I don’t think there really is a way to hide tired eyes overnight.

So in this post, I’m sharing some of the things I do to take care of my eyes, and hopefully, you’ll find some useful tips!

Get Yourself a Hot + Cool Eye Mask

I used to use one-time heated eye masks to calm my eyes and help me sleep better, but at one point, I started feeling like I was creating too much waste because they are not re-useable. This gel bead sleeping mask I got from Grace & Stella Co., however, solves that issue for me! I just pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds and I get myself a heated eye mask whenever I need one! Isn’t that neat?

If you don’t want to use the microwave, put the mask in a ziplock bag and place it in a bowl of hot water; or do what I did last night and place it in a tub filled with hot water if you’re taking a bath!

Using the heated sleeping mask is a great way to relax the muscles around your eyes. I have very, very dry eyes, and the heat helps generate tears to keep it moist, too. What I also really love about this sleeping mask is how soft it is; I found myself falling asleep with it on few nights ago, and that never happens to me!

And let’s say one morning your eyes need a “wake-up call,” throw the sleeping mask in the freezer for 15 minutes and place it over your eyes before getting ready! Like a jade roller, the chilled mask can help with de-puffing your eyes. Sometimes ice packs are simply too cold to place directly on my skin, but it’s not the case with this mask, which I thought was awesome!

P.S. Don’t miss out on the sale (up to 60% off!) that is happening on Grace & Stella Co from September 23 to 30, 2018!

The  Hot + Cool Gel Bead Eye Mask by Grace & Stella  is so soft and comfortable.

The Hot + Cool Gel Bead Eye Mask by Grace & Stella is so soft and comfortable.


Eat Well For Your Eyes

My mom used to always tell my brother and I that “Bugs Bunny” has good eyesight because he eats a lot of carrots! I’m not sure about the eyesight bit but I do know carrots are indeed great for good eye health! They are rich in vitamin A and known to be good for improving your vision.

Food like bell peppers, cauliflower, strawberries and oranges are also good for your eyes thanks to the high content of vitamin C.

Don’t Wear Contact Lens for Too Long

I’m guilty of this because I often wear my daily disposable contact lens for over 12, 13 hours a day, when it really is best to wear them for about 8 hours or so. I do try to wear my glasses at home whenever possible so my eyes can rest though. Sometimes, when I know I’ll be out for a long day, I bring an extra pair of contact lens and switch them out after 8 hours.

Sunglasses Ain’t Just Part of Your #OOTD

Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays! Many people don’t realize that exposing their eyes to the sun for a long period of time can cause damage to your eyes (like blur vision). And keep in mind UV rays don’t only exist in the summer!


Properly Remove Eye Makeup

I’m sure you know how important it is to remove your makeup before bedtime. Be sure to really, really remove all the mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow etc so that none of it can get an opportunity to irritate your eyes.

What do you do to take care of your eyes? Share your tips with me by leaving a comment below! Thank you for reading!



Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.

Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.