Monday, June 18, 2012

Age-Proof Your Eyes

Wrinkled, baggy, or dark skin around your eyes can make you look years older than you really are. Save them now. Dermatologists Joel Schlessinger, M.D., and Ariel Ostad, M.D. give their advice for DIY solutions.

Eat Healthy Meals - The more salt and booze you consume, the more fluids you retain, puffing your eyes. But back on both, as well as sugar. A high-sugar diet can generate harmful molecules that damage collagen, leading to wrinkles.


Sleep on Your Back - If you're on your side or stomach, the pressure of your head pressed against the pillow can cause permanent creases around your eyes. Try sleeping face-up and elevate your head with an extra pillow to prevent fluid from pooling in your face.

Wear Tea - Green, chamomile, and black teas have astringents that constrict blood vessels and pull skin taut. Steep two bags, let them cool. Wrap each in a clean dishcloth and lie down while placing a bag over each eye closed for five to ten minutes.

Don't Squint - The skin around your eye is 1/13 the thickness of the skin on your palms. Habitual squinting can forge deep crevices. Wear sunglasses outdoors.

Use Your Ring Finger - It's weaker than your pointer finger. Touching your eyes with your stronger finger tends to stretch the skin.

Peel a Potato - Potato starch has anti-inflammatory properties, so it's good for soothing redness and irritation. Peel and grate a raw potato, and then mash it and wrap it in a clean dishcloth. Lie down and place the pouch on your eyes for fifteen minutes.

Source: Men's Health

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