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Natural Eye Care for you

Updated on December 25, 2009

Natural Eye Care

To prevent eye form damage its care is very necessary. It is best to avoid poor light when reading or using computers or watching television for long hours. Very intense light or using very hot or very cold water on the face and head is also not healthy for the eyes. Applying few drops of almond, coconut or sesame oil around the eyes prevents dark circles.
After every hour before a computer screen, close your eyes gently for 30 seconds to relax them.
Don't wear contact lenses for extended periods of time or overnight as this leads to complication.
Use disposable tissues instead of handkerchiefs to wipe eyes, as they are more hygienic.

    * Get into the habit of starting the day by splashing your open eyes with cold water, so that they are thoroughly cleaned and stimulated.
    * Make sure to remove all traces of eye make up before going to bed for it might cause infection in the roots of eyelashes.
    * Do not rub or stretch the skin under the eyes-it is very delicate and is easily damaged.
    * The skin around the eyes and eye-lids is very soft and delicate. Rubbing a little of almond oil, around your eyes before you go to bed, would keep the skin soft and glowing. The juice of a water-melon is also a very good substitute of almond oil, particularly in summers when you might like to avoid using greasy oil. This juice also takes away the wrinkles around the eyes.
    * Eating cabbage and carrots is very beneficial for the eyes. These should be eaten raw. It is all right to drink cabbage and carrot juice mixed together or separately.

Dark Circle

Dark circles under eyes (Dark eye circles) caused by lack of sleep, fatigue, genetics, poor circulation of blood, hyperpigmentation (higher than average amounts of melanin, the substanse that your skin its pigment), or illness. You can get dark circles as early as your twenties; at that age, it's usually hereditary. Dark circles under eyes may also be due to accumulation of toxins under the thin skin (possibly from excess alcohol,cigarettes,or coffee).

Preventive methods:
    * Dark circles (black circles) are often caused due to sleeplessness or disturbed sleep. If you prevent developing dark circles, you need to first catch up on your sleep.
    * Do not drinking an excess of beverages that contain caffeine.
    * Do not leave cream on the skin around the eyes before going to bed.
    * Increase your daily intake of water to minimum 8 to 10 glasses.

Dark circle under eyes remedies
    * Wash the face, then apply a skin tightening moisturizer around the eyes.
    * Massage a few drops of coconut oil around the eyes to get rid off dark circles.
    * Place cotton wool swabs dipped in cold milk on closed eyes for removing dark circles.
    * Massaging eyes with almond oil is of great help. Massage at bedtime daily, and in two weeks you will see the difference.
    * To reduce puffiness of your eyes, grate a potato and almond paste. Use the mixture regularly on the under-eyes to get rid of dark circles and puffiness.
    * Place two thin cucumber slices or potato slices on each side of the eyes and rest for 15 minutes.
    * Apply mint juice around the eyes.
    * Dip a cotton ball or pad in a mixture of cucumber and potato juices and apply it your lids for five to ten minutes.
    * place two thin slices of potato on top of closed eyes for 10 minutes and relax.
    * Getting enough sleep at least 7-8 hours a day, can fade out dark circles.
    * Under eye puffiness:
    * To reduce under-eye puffiness, be sure get sufficient rest and try applying cool compresses (cucumber slices or damp lemon or chamomile tea bags) for several minutes.
    * Puffiness may be due to pads of fat beneath the eyes. In that case, surgical removal of the fat can help.
    * If you have allergies that contribute to puffiness and redness, take your medication regularly.

Treatment for removing dark circles under eyes
    * Dark circles are easiest to hide with a concealer. But if your dark circles are severe, you might want to "erase" them permanently with one of several dermatologist-performed treatments.
    * If circles are prominent, apply an eye cream containing moisturisers, alphahydroxy acids, or vitamin A to exfoliate and tighten under eye skin.
    * Using a special type of collagen and a very fine needle, places collagen between the skin and the muscle, thereby hiding the circles.
    * Try to lighten the darkened skin with a bleaching agent such as hydroquinone. Ask your dermetalogist for a recommendation. The bleaching agent should be applied twice a day for three months. Caution: Be careful not to get the product in your eyes.
    * Severe, persistent dark circles can also be treated with facial peels (glycolic acid, amino fruit acid, microdermabrasion); consult a dermatologist.

Pretty Eyes

To test for satisfactoryeyesight you should beabletoread a car number plate at 23m/80ft. Eyesight shouldbe checked regularly. Squinting to reador see something distant causes stress and wrinkles.

Good quality sun-glasses should beworn when sunbathing or driving in sunshine. Wear Protective goggles when travelling on a motorcycle, welding or working with power tools.

When symptoms of redness, itching and swollen eyelids develop, it is probably a cosmetic allergy. Go without make-up until the symptoms disappear and do not use the product again.

Do not borrow or lend eye cosmetics as infections are easily passed from person to person. It is best to buy eye make-up from a reputable manufacturer. People with contact lenses require special hypo-allergenic make-up to avoid irritation.

Avoid putting on eye make-up when travelling as the eye can be accidentally poked with the brush or pencil. Always apply and remove mascara gently to avoid pulling out eyelashes.

When doing close-up make sure there is adequate lighting. Natural lighting is best, but if a lamp is used, position it so that the light comes over the shoulder. Adjustable desk lamps will give a softer light than overhead fluorescent ones. Repair any flickering lights immediately.

Remember to blink frequently when concentrating hard. This is especially needed if wearing contact lenses. This is especially needed if wearing contact lenses. Rest the eyes periodically by looking into the distance. The further away you look the more relaxation is given to the eye muscle.

Before going to bed, splash closedeyes 20 times with cold water then 20 times with warm water. This technique can be applied during the day but use the warm water first. To revived tired eyes, apply fresh apple peel and rest for a few minutes.

How to Beautify your Eyebrows

Eyebrows should compliment your face and accentuate your eyes, not attract attention to themselves. Eyebrows perform the very important function of preventing sweat running into the eyes. It also prevent debris such as dandruff and other small objects from falling into the eyes, as well as providing a more sensitive sense for detecting objects being near the eye, like small insects. Groom eyebrows regularly, using an eyebrow brush or dry, clean toothbrush. Brush first against the direction of growth to remove any loose hairs and flakes of skin, then brush back into shape.

To encourage growth and thickening, rub lanolin or any of the eyelash-stimulators into the brows each evening before bed. If your eyes are close set, removing a few extra hairs from the inner edge of the brows can give you a more wide-eyed appearance; otherwise, brows should begin directly above the inner eye corners. Besides plucking the stragglers under and between your eyebrows, you may want to adjust their eyebrow shape to conform to your facial structure. These simple steps you can have your perfect eyebrow shape.

Arched if your face is round.
Rounded if your face is heart shaped.
Slightly arched if your face is square or rectangular.
Straight if you have a long slender or oval face.

To eliminate tweezing discomfort when removing superfluous hairs, and to leave the vacated skin smooth and attractive:

    * Wipe your brows with an astringent-saturated cotton ball to remove any traces of oil.
    * Brush your brows the "wrong way" with an eyebrow brush or child's toothbrush to clear out any leftover makeup or flaky skin, then stroke them back into place.
    * For ouch less plucking: Press an ice cube over the area for a few seconds, blot with a tissue, then tweeze one hair at a time in the direction of hair growth.
    * Finish by again wiping the area with astringent, and then apply a moisturizer or a coating of honey. The honey not only softens the skin, but also acts as a natural bactericide.

Overly thick, bushy eyebrows (masculine or feminine) can be trimmed with manicure scissors or thinned with tweezers. To train your eyebrows and keep them in line: Start by brushing them straight up on your forehead, then coax them into the proper shape with the side of the eyebrow brush. Smoothing on a dab of petroleum jelly or hair-styling gel while brushing will help keep them in their place.

Longer Eyelashes

Each lash has an individual life cycle consisting of a six-month growth period followed by a resting period during which it separates from the root so a new lash can form in the follicle. A few eyelashes are dislodged daily by washing or rubbing the eyes, and the unnoticeable process continues. The massive lash-and-brow fallout sometimes engendered by severe malnutrition or lengthy illness is usually followed by regrowth after good health is regained. Cutting off your lashes in the hope of having them grow in longer and thicker doesn't work, but there are natural means of encouragement that have proven successful.

Castor oil or olive oil
A nightly brushing with either of these oils is an old-fashioned, slow-but-sure treatment practically guaranteed to produce long, silky eyelashes.

Liquid protein
Sold as a dietary aid, strengthens and lengthens eyelashes when brushed on nightly.

Petroleum jelly
Applied each night and morning, helps correct brittle, breaking eyelashes and makes them appear longer.

Vitamin D
Each evening, snip a capsule of vitamin D and pat the contents over your lids and lashes. Fantastic results have been reported after less than three months of this treatment.

Tired and Irritated Eyes

When using eye compresses or packs, reclining for 10 to 15 minutes enhance their benefit.. Wet tea-bag compresses are one of the most effective ways to refresh tired, itchy, puffy, or watery eyes. Make-ahead pads of cotton saturated witch hazel and stored in a jar in the refrigerator are even more convenient. For tired eyes wash them with cold water, several times a day. This treatment provides relief form tired eye and strained eyes.

Alum water
Saturate eye pads in a solution of 1/8 teaspoon of alum and 1 cup water.

cooked, chilled, grated, and sandwiched between pieces of gauze, help relieve eyestrain. Direct application of raw cucumber slices is equally effective.

Toast and cool a slice of stale bread. Cut in half, soak in ice water, then wrap in cloth for eye compresses.

Lavender oil
Dip two cotton wool pads in the liquid of few drops lavender oil and 1 cup water, squeeze out excess water and place cotton on each eye.

Golden seal tea
It brings relief to tired eyes. Steep l/4 teaspoon of the dried herb in l/2 cup boiling water. Cool, strain, then use to saturate eye pads.

Milk warmed to room temperature and used to saturate eye pads, puts the sparkle back in weary eyes.

Orange juice
freshly squeezed and strained, then used to moisten gauze pads, is an eye refresher.

Papaya-mint or plain papaya tea bags
Tea bags soaked in hot water, then chilled, not only refresh tired eyes but also reduce under-eye circles.

Grated or processor-pureed, raw potato wrapped in gauze is a time-tested remedy for tired eyes and sandy eyelids.

Natural remedies for Eye Problems

Black Eyes
Apply an ice pack or a cold compress for 15 minutes once each hour for 4 or 5 hours.

Bloodshot Eyes
Capillary weakness resulting from deficiencies of vitamin c and bioflavonoid may be responsible for redness that does not clear with natural eye drops and baths. If the problem continues after dietary supplementation of vitamin c and bioflavonoid daily, consult your physician-allergies or conjunctivitis might be the cause.

Droppy Eyelids
For immediate, temporary relief, chill 2 teaspoons in ice water and place them over your closed eyelids.

If weakened muscles are the cause, increase your dietary protein and add supplements of vitamin C, bioflavonoid, and vitamin E. Then strengthen the miniature muscles with exercise. Several times daily, cup your palms over your eyes and stretch the eyelids upward and outward for 10 seconds. Or, squeeze your eyes tightly shut; slowly relax the squeeze and lift your eyebrows, stretching the lids upward as far as possible without opening your eyes. Relax and repeat 5 times. Lids swollen from fluid accumulation may respond to chamomile compress for 15 minutes.

Dark Circles
Dark circles are caused by lack of sleep, fatigue, genetics, poor circulation of blood, or illness. You can read preventive methods and Under Eye Remedies to get rid off dark circles.

Inadequate nutrition or lack of humidity in desert-dry air or overheated rooms may instigate itching and burning not caused by allergy or eyestrain. An improved diet with daily supplements of 300 milligrams of Omega-3, plus frequently misted house plants or a humidifier, help moisturize eyes as well as skin. More often, dry eyes result from failure to blink as often as we should to keep our eyes lubricated. To remedy the problem, take a 10-second "break" of rapid blinking while changing focus from near to far during close work, deliberately blink at the end of each line of reading material, and use natural eye drops or washes every day.

Soothing Treatment for Tired Eyes

Do you occasionally experience tired, stressed-out eyes? Did you have a late night? Work all day at the computer? Or, are your eyes affected by pollution or allergies? Unfortunately, all of these can make eyes feel tired and strained.

Soothing Relief for Tired Eyes
The truth is, there is no special cream that will reduce puffiness around the eyes. But there is a remedy to counteract stressed-out eyes the cool eye compress. The cool temperature of the compress pressed against the eye area will help to soothe and refresh overworked eyes.

Step One: Making a Compress
Eye compresses can be made out of medical cotton or cotton pads, which can be found at your local pharmacy. If you don't want to use cotton, you can use folded terry washcloth.

Step Two: Preparing the Soothing Treatment
The compress can be made with a chilled solution of either a chamomile essential oil solution (two or three drops in six ounces of water), alcohol- and fragrance-free freshener for sensitive skin, or mineral water. Fill a small bowl with approximately one cup of compress solution, then place in the refrigerator to chill.

Step Three: Conditioning the Skin
Apply either an eye-care product or day moisturizer to your eye area. Be extremely gentle in your application.

Step Four: Applying the Compress
Place the cotton pad com¬presses or folded terry washcloth compress in the chilled solution. Wring out the excess liquid and apply directly to the eye area. When the eye compresses become warm, resaturate them in the solution and reapply. Repeat this procedure for 10 minutes or longer if you have the time.

If you don't have time to prepare homemade eye compresses, you can purchase a compress that is reusable. This eye compress can be found in most department stores and pharmacies and is not too expensive. You can keep this eye mask in the refrigerator or freezer.


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      4 years ago

      Advising something as dangerous as hydroquinine for the thinnest skin on our body, around the eyes, makes me question the rest of the content on this page :( thnx for the effort but plz do something about it

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      5 years ago

      Nice hub. I will try these for my dark circles. There are lots of online eye care products are available but still natural methods are always works .

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      6 years ago

      Great article. I was having dark circles and dry eyes and used sesame oil and it helped.

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      8 years ago

      Also, for longer eyelashes we have a lot of patients using latisse. Check it out on the web!


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