For your eyes only
The area around the eye is delicate. Tension and stress show on the face through dark circles and puffiness. Tips on eye care.
EYES ARE the mirrors to the soul. But sitting long hours on the PC, taking pollution upfront and sleepless nights can do a lot of harm to them and the result - dark circles, puffy eyes and crows' feet. While tension and stress reflect on the face instantly, it is the fine skin around the eye that shows the first signs of ageing. The area encircling the eye needs extra care because it is thinner in comparison to the skin covering the rest of the face, with fewer oil glands and no fatty layer underneath. Professional help is available today, and also assistance from gels and eye treatments that one can avail of.
"Apart from heredity, late nights, alcohol, cigarettes and faulty food habits can lead to dark circles. Tension and stress show immediately on the face. There are scientific ways of treatment though food habits count a lot. People are into fast food these days most of the time. One meal a day should be of a balanced diet," says Chetana Parekh, Cosmetologist. , If one is opting for the dark circle treatment at a parlour, it is always better to combine it with facials as it saves time and money. There are gels available in the market especially formulated for dark circles with natural fruit extracts. Gels with ceramides or botanicals such as green tea can help minimise appearance of dark circles.
Synergy, Fair & Lovely, No Marks and Biotique's Almond Under Eye Cream in the Indian brands and Elizabeth Arden Eye Wish and Estee Lauder Uncircle from the international market are some of the products in the eye care segment that work fairly well for dark circles that can be supplemented with periodic eye care regime at the parlours.
This is one of the common problems of water retention. The `drainage facial' where extra water is drained out helps reduce puffiness. The orange and cucumber gels work wonders combined with galvanic treatment. But it can be heredity, stress or faulty diet - different reasons that can be the root cause. Likewise it is very important for a specialist to take up the remedial treatment based on the causing factor, which differs from one individual to another, says Chetana.
Helping puffy eyes:
Cold compress works excellent on puffy eyes. Used tea bags kept in the freezer (totally frozen) can be used as cold compress.
Place grated potato in a soft cloth and leave it on the eye for a few minutes. This provides a mild bleaching and whitening effect.
Alternatively, place strips of grated potato, strawberries or cucumber under eyes to help reduce puffiness.
Soak cotton wool in ice-cold milk or water and lie down with the dampened pads over the eyes. Replace the pads when they turn warm. Continue this for 15 minutes. Apart from reducing puffiness this treatment brightens the white of the eye.
Store creams in the refrigerators - the coldness helps reduce puffiness.
Gel-based eye treatment creams are refreshing. Serums and gels with soothers such as chamomile help to de-puff eyes. Apply in small quantities with the ring finger so as to put minimal pressure on the delicate skin. Gently tap the skin when applying eye cream to drain away the excess fluid.
One sure thing you could do daily to avoid the puffing is to sleep chin up.
"These can appear at any age. Again because of negligence, excessive intake of alcohol and smoking. Further, in women, moisture levels and elasticity of the skin drops with menopause which result in crows feet at the corners of the eye," says Chetana. Using a good moisturiser and going for regular facial helps.
A few minutes on eye care regime can definitely change the way you look and the way the world looks at you. All you need is a healthy food habit, lifestyle and time off to pamper yourself to find a sparkling pair of eyes.
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