Are Your Eyeballs Their Whitest?
My mother-in-law and her sister are visiting us in Paris and before she came she read about eye-drops that claim to freshen and revive the whites of the eyes - essentially whitening your eyeballs - sold in Paris pharmacies which are, as you may have heard, a treasure trove for great skincare (and now apparently eyeball care) products that are effective and cheap.
She brought me a bottle today, it's called Gouttes Bleues (Blue Drops) from Innoxa who make a range of professional cosmetics products for sensitive eyes and skin, all made in France.
I tried it right away - it's a blue liquid or lotion as it's called that still looks blue sitting in your lower eyelid against your eye (which caused concern for about two seconds that it wasn't going to dissipate) but it did and although the stinging was intense, I was temporarily blinded for five minutes and found myself screaming in the bathroom and trying to rip my clothes off, I did notice a marginal difference (which may have in fact been a misperception caused by blurry vision).
NO! Seriously, it felt fine and I noticed immediately that my whites were very white and clear, even though I hadn't really noticed any redness prior to using the drops and I've even been told before I have 'really white eye whites' (sounds silly but it's true, I've heard that several times though I admit it's been at least 10 years) and others confirmed the difference. And it was indeed refreshing - like my eyes were relaxing on a beach with the sea air washing over them. That might sound like a joke as well but it's actually pretty accurate! And it cost under 6 euro. I think the secret lies in the blue; the whitest looking eyes are actually blue-tinged - try putting a clean white sheet next to your face by your eyes and you'll see if your whites are actually blue.
You can also buy them on Amazon but I know what you're thinking - that my eyeballs are going to fall out. Fear not, blue drops have been used by make-up pros for years. What do you think they did before Photoshop?