Sparkling Eyes

Sparkling EyesSaid to be the windows on the soul, your eyes are often the first thing people notice about you. Sparking eyes are an indication of good health. The most effective way to maintain that inner sparkle is by resting your eyes with sufficient sleep and not overstraining them with inadequate lighting and overlong periods of close work or computer use.



Tired eyes and eyestrain are common problems. The most obvious causes are long hours spent in artificial or bad light, reading and doing close work, especially in front of a computer screen, others include day to day stresses, incorrectly prescribed glasses and pollution. Feelings of tightness around the eyes, difficulties in focusing and headaches can all ensue.

Preventing eyestrain can be simple. Make sure you work or read in a good light, take brief breaks every hour from a computer screen or close work and focus on distant objects for a few seconds to alter your depth of vision. Have you eyes checked regularly and do not watch television in the dark. Closing your eyes and pressing very gently on the eyelids with your palms can also help (remove contact lenses first if you wear them). A simple remedy is to lie down in a darkened room, place slices of cucumber or cotton wool pads dipped in chilled milk over the eyelids and relax for 10 minutes.

Bags and circles

Sparkling EyesIf you suffer from puffy or dark circles beneath your eyes they may be heredity, in which case you cannot get rid of them although you can help them. Manual lymphatic drainage massage in conjunction with a good eye product may help reduce puffins, drinking plenty of water and using an eye product that strengthens the under eye area will help dark circles. Otherwise there is very little you can do about them, other than disguise them. If the puffiness beneath your eyes is due to excessive alcohol, rich foods and little sleep, the following exercise is beneficial in conjunction with an eye cream but bear in mind that continual excesses will cause the delicate skin beneath the eyes to stretch and may result in a permanent problem. Using the ring finger of each hand, press firmly but gently for the count of three at small intervals along the eye socket, working from the inner corners out to the temples. Keep going until your reach the 'dip' just to the outside of your eye sockets. This is the point where the toxins you have moved along from the under-eye area will be released into your bloodstream.

Natural remedies

A number of herbs can help for soothing, toning and brightening eyes.

  • Sparkling EyesEyebright is a particularly helpful herb for various eye troubles and makes and effective eye compress. Make and infusion using 1 tablespoon of chopped eyebright and 150 ml (1/4 pint) of boiling water. Leave until cold, strain into a screw-top bottle and use within 12 hours. To make a compress, soak two cotton wool pads in the cold eyebright infusion, squeeze slightly and place one over each eyelid. Rest for 10 minutes -an ideal time is while lying in the bath -replacing the soaked cotton wool once it becomes warm. Finally, dab the eyes with fresh cold water and pat dry with a soft clean towel.

  • An infusion of elderflower made in the same way is a mild stimulant and can be used in a compress for brightening the eyes. An infusion of camomile flowers makes a soothing compress and reduces inflammation.

  • Camomile or rosehip teabags available from healthfood stores, can be used for puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. Steep two teabags for three minutes in boiling water then remove and set aside. When they are sufficiently cooled place one over each eye. Leave for 10 minutes and sip the tea while resting.

  • Another remedy for puffy eyes is to apply the grated flesh of an unpeeled potato to closed eyelids for about 20 minutes.

  • Cucumber juice applied to the area below your eyes every night at bed time may help if you have dark circles.

Contact lens care

Spectacles have become a wonderful fashion accessory nowadays but you may prefer wearing contact lenses to glasses. Always wash you hands and dry them well before handling your lenses. Avoid perfumed or medicated soaps and remember to apply make up hand creams and lotions after inserting your lenses to avoid getting particles in your eyes which cause irritation

Eat Plenty Of :

  • Carrots, sweet potatoes and dark green vegetables, for beta carotene.

  • Fruit and vegetables for vitamin C.

  • Seafood and wheatgerm for zinc.

  • Lean meat, poultry, fish, nut, whole grains,
    seed and green vegetable for their B vitamins.

  • Seed oils and avocados for vitamin E.

Dated 28 July 2012


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