Just as a pimple on otherwise smooth skin can ruin your day, red or yellow eyes can put a damper on your look. Besides just being a vanity issue (people with yellow or red eyes are perceived as older, tired, and sad), yellow tinted eyes can also be a sign of a larger health issues like allergic reactions, glaucoma, toxin buildup, and more. If you’ve ruled out health issues after heading to a medical professional and you’re in search of ways to make the whites of your eyes look brighter, check out our tips and tricks below!
Eye Drops: There are plenty of eye drops out there claiming to make the whites of your eyes brighter, but for quick results when you need them most, try these Innoxa Blue Drops. The drops are blue in color, which will counteract the red or yellow tint in your eye, making them appear brighter and whiter. Be careful not to use them on a regular basis, as you can get what’s called “rebound redness,” which basically means that your eyes will look white a few minutes after using the drops, and then the redness will return hours later with continued use.
Blue Eyeliner or Mascara: For an approach with makeup, take out your favorite blue eyeliner or mascara. In the same way that blue eye drops will counteract the yellow and white colors, so will blue makeup. Applying blue liner along the bottom lash line will be especially effective.
Cold Compress: You may have used a cold compress for puffy or swollen eyes, but they actually work to make your eyes brighter, too. Fill a bowl with very cold water and ice, then soak a washcloth in the bowl until it’s saturated. Wring out excess water, fold up the washcloth horizontally, and lay it over your eyes for 5-10 minutes a few times a day. You’ll see a reduction in redness, and a bonus reduction in fluid retention (which causes puffy eyes).
Avoid Irritants: From smoke to dust to pollen and any other allergens, avoiding irritants can seriously help your eyes to stay white. Steer clear of smokers on the street or hanging around with any friends while they’re smoking, and do what you can to keep your living area free of dust and allergens. These can cause red eyes practically instantly.
Plenty of Fluids: Dehydration can really take a toll on the whites of your eyes, which is why drinking plenty of water is extremely important.
Shimmery White Shadow: Using a shimmering white eyeshadow just in the inner corners of your eyes can make a world of difference. Besides brightening up the darkest, shadowed place on your face, you’ll be brightening your yellow or red eyes, too, making everything fresh!
Eat Carrots: Vitamin C is extremely helpful in brightening your eyes, as it can help prevent the buildup of foreign debris that can come into your eye. Carrots are high in vitamins A and C and will promote a brighter, healthier looking eye.
Avoid Sugars and Fats: If it isn’t clear by now, sugars and fats aren’t doing you any favors. We’re all suckers for candy and junk food, but the effects of eating foods with high sugar and fat content are nothing but terrible. These become toxins that flood your liver, and when your liver can’t work properly the toxins take over your body, which can result in yellow or red eyes. Avoid processed, sugary, and high fat foods to clear out your liver (and thus, your eyes).
Avoid Caffeine: Like we mentioned earlier, anything that dehydrates you can wreak havoc on your eyes, and caffeine is one of the biggest culprits of dehydration. If you’re going to drink one cup of coffee or caffeinated tea a day, match it with one glass of water to balance out the dehydration. After that, steer clear of coffee, tea, or caffeinated soda.
Keep Your Sunglasses On: Just as the sun can damage your skin, it can damage your eyes, too. Overexposure to sunlight can yellow your eyes after time, so be sure to keep your UVA/UVB protected lenses on at all times while it’s sunny outside.