Eyes are the mirror to your soul! Both tears of joy and sorrow find their expression through your valuable eyes. Yet, your eyes also take the brunt of daily stress and pollution. Here are some easy ways to keep your eyes relaxed and beautiful:
-Splash your eyes with cold water many times a day to keep them sparkling.
-Add a lot of vitamin A in your diet like milk, ghee, papaya, cilantro to make your eyes shine brighter with good health.
-To soothe the tired eyes, put cotton swabs dipped in chilled milk over your closed eyes for 10 minutes and relax completely.
-Close your eyes and think of something that is pleasing or soothing at a distance. Now gently open your eyes and look into the distance. Next, focus on an object at your arm’s length. Repeat this exercise four or five times. This is extremely relaxing for your eyes.
-You may do the following exercises to keep your eye muscles strong:
- Squeeze your eyes shut tightly and open them fully 10-15 times.
- Rotate your eyes 5 times each from left to right in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.
-If your eyes are feeling itchy and there is redness in the eyes, massage your scalp with curd.
-Make your eyes sparkle – Soak 1 tsp dry Amla powder in one cup of water overnight. In the morning, strain it through a muslin cloth and then add one cup of water. Splash your eyes with this solution every morning.
-To treat puffy eyes – Grate a potato along with its peel and apply it on your closed eyelids for 20 minutes. You may even take a nap.
Dark Circles under the eyes are another common problem which can be extremely annoying.
Why do you get dark circles?
- Age: As you age, the skin under your eyes becomes thinner. As the skin thins, the veins under the eyes become prominently visible.
- Allergies: Nasal inflammations happen due to allergies and create pressure on sinuses. This blocks the blood flow and causes blood pools in the veins underneath the eyes. Dark circles appear under the eyes.
- Nutritional deficiency: If your intake of vitamins and minerals is inadequate, dark under eye circles will show up. They appear if you are anaemic.
- Sleep: If you sleep for less than 6-8 hours at a stretch or if you sleep more than that then blood circulation under your eyes goes sluggish and under eye dark circles appear.
- Caffeine: Caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee also cause dark circles under the eyes.
- Alcohol and smoking: Frequently liquor and smoking cause dehydration and lower the blood oxygen level causing dark circles under the eyes.
- Sun exposure: Over exposure to the sun is also responsible for dark under eye circles.
Solutions to Bid Adieu to Dark Circles:
- Drink 6-8 litres of water daily
- Avoid salty and fried foods, carbonated drinks, caffeinated beverages and alcohol
- Get 6-8 hours of restful sleep
- Quit smoking
- Avoid straining the eyes (reading, driving, browsing, doing needle crafts etc.)
- Apply cold compress regularly. Best bet? Soak cotton pads in cold milk.
Home Remedies for Dark Circles:
- Squeeze cucumber juice and put it in your freezer for 10 minutes. Dip a cotton ball into this chilled juice and gently apply it on the delicate skin around your eyes. Leave it on to dry for 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
- Milk has a great skin lightening property and it is easily affordable. Dip a clean cotton ball in milk and gently rub it into the delicate skin around the eyes. Let it dry and rinse it off with warm water after 30 minutes.
- Apply a paste of turmeric powder mixed with pineapple juice over the closed eyelids. Let it dry and wash it with plain water after 15-20 minutes.
- Almond oil is an excellent skin food. Apply almond oil on the skin around your eyes. Wipe it off after 15 minutes. It is very effective in treating dark circles under the eyes.
- Take 2 tsp of rose water and add 2-3 drops of castor oil to it. Dip cotton swabs in it and place them on your eyelids for 15-20 minutes. It will soothe your eyes and relieve burning sensation in the eyes. Castor oil will help lighten the dark circles under the eyes.
- Put cold potato slice over your eyes to treat dark circles under your eyes.
If you love to put make up over your eyes, it is important that you should take it off at the end of the day. Leaving it on for long hours may cause itching or inflammations. Here is an easy way to use your own eye make up remover at home:
Club 2 ounces each of witch hazel and olive oil and shake the mixture well. Dab some mixture on a cotton ball and swipe it across your eye area. Wipe the eye area again with a dry cotton ball. Witch hazel will keep the wrinkles at bay and olive oil will keep your skin healthy! Alternately, you may use baby wipes or petroleum jelly too to remove eye make up.
Keep your eyes healthy and shining with these easy home remedies. Let your eyes do all the talking!