Our eyes might be the windows to our souls but they are also the first thing we see when looking in a mirror – and can cause anxiety when they start looking tired and lined.
Let’s start with dark circles, and how to treat them from the inside, since this is where they begin. In Alfred Vogel’s health manual ‘The Nature Doctor’. Vogel, a respected Swiss naturopath, states that dark circles are often symptoms of liver disorders and constipation. To remedy these he suggests drinking lots of carrot juice, taking a daily calcium complex and liver restorer Milk Thistle (available in health shops). I would add beetroot juice to his suggestions (wonderful blood cleanser). Here’s link to my video showing you how to make juice recipes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC_CihwaT98
If you get dark circles around your eyes when you’re tired, you can minimize them by cutting two thin potato slices and placing over the top of your eyes for ten minutes. If done on a regular basis, it lightens the skin around your eyes and is a perfect sneaky trick before an important meeting or special occasion.
For puffy eyes, I came across this gem of a technique when studying Ayurvedic medicine in India and since blocked nasal passages and sinus issues can result in eye puffiness, is definitely worth a try if you’re a sufferer. Take a tiny glass bowl, fill with half teaspoon of sea salt and lukewarm water (which has been previously boiled). Then, holding right nostril closed with thumb, inhale the mixture through your left nostril until you feel its saltiness trickle down your throat. Repeat with other nostril and have a good blow into a hankie. (You’ll be surprised how much mucous comes out and how clear nasal passage is). The added bonus when performed twice weekly is that it protects energy field from picking up colds and viruses – and I can honestly say I’ve been cold-free for years.
To deal with crinkly skin around the eyes, massage daily for two minutes with castor oil, (making sure you don’t get any in the eyes). Castor oil has been used since biblical times for its healing properties and considered by many to be one of the best natural skin emollients available. It also acts as a powerful humectant, which helps to attract and retain moisture, so is a super home remedy for wrinkles. Before you go to bed, take this a step further by gently dabbing Vaseline around your eyes and leave on overnight. This is one of the best products to stop wrinkles forming so you can forget about expensive stuff.
Another inexpensive product to keep wrinkles at bay is Aquaphor. Keep a tube on your nightstand so you remember to pat it on your lips (and they may never chap again) and under your eyes before bed. “Tapping a little Aquaphor over your eye area at night plumps up lines by sealing in moisture, and it’s nonirritating,” says Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City. “It’s one of the best products for the under-eyes.
Regarding saggy skin, let’s consider something I do every morning to tighten the skin around the eyes. Take two ice cubes and run them around eye area for thirty seconds. This will contract and stimulate eye muscles – further helping keep wrinkles at bay.
Let’s go bananas. Bananas are packed with potassium, Vitamins B, C and E and are extremely valuable for the skin because they promote collagen production. Here’s how to make a banana mask. Mash one banana into a paste, apply it to the skin and leave it on for fifteen minutes before washing off with warm water. To make this mask more potent as a wrinkle busting remedy, here’s a tip I picked up in India. Fenugreek is a herb that has been used for its remedial qualities for centuries. I became familiar with it at a beauty salon in Puna. The therapist was fenugreek mad. She gave me fenugreek tea to drink, mixed it with olive oil to make a mask for my hair (super shiny for weeks afterwards) and mixed half a teaspoon of crushed fenugreek seeds into my banana mask. Why fenugreek is so good for the skin is because it contains niacin and Vitamin B3, which promote the growth of new skin. These days when I make the mask, I use half a teaspoon of powdered fenugreek (to save me crushing time lol). Give it a go. You’ll love the results.
Tomatoes are so much more than something we toss into salads and are something we should eat a lot more of (if not allergic to them) since tomatoes contain lycopene which is said to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. In addition, they are with packed with vitamin C, which helps build collagen – our ammunition to hold back wrinkles – and talking about wrinkles, here’s another fantastic beauty mask using tomatoes to make your skin look as smooth as a baby’s butt.
Wash a medium size tomato, peel off its skin then extract and strain its juice. Add white flour and mix until you have a thickish paste. Apply the mask, leave on face for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. If your skin is really dry, add a teaspoon of olive oil. I cannot tell you whether it’s true but I read somewhere that Sophia Loren favours this mask. However, even if she doesn’t, I do, and since we’re both aging well, give it a go.
High on my list of skin power foods along with beetroots, carrots, bananas and tomatoes are berries. Eat all the berries you can since they contain flavonoids, polyphenols, probiotics, vitamins and antioxidants and these are the very ingredients that promote cell regeneration for new skin. Along with berries, here are three foods no self- respecting beauty diva should live without.
Fish. As we know beauty starts on the inside, and since salmon along with sardines and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids, they’re excellent beauty aids for glowing skin.
Nuts. I couldn’t imagine a life without nuts and that’s a good thing because they are another fantastic source of good fat. Instead of munching on a packet of crisps, fill a small bowl with mixed unsalted nuts. Apart from ingesting good fat, nuts, particularly walnuts which are rich in Vitamin E are believed to help with skin inflammation.
Avocados. I remember the first one I tasted back in my teens and thought it quite peculiar. Today I can’t get enough, which is useful since avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods – as well as being high in antioxidants themselves. Avocados contain nutrients lutein and Zeaxanthin. These are extremely important for eye health and studies show these nutrients are linked to a reduced risk of cataracts and macular degeneration so avocado is an excellent double service power food.
Well, I think I’ve left you with enough to be getting on with beautiful people. Coming soon I have more up my sleeves. More beauty bible tips and more beauty secrets from around the world. So until we talk again, stay feeling beautiful and blessed.
Stella Ralfini is an international online life coach, beauty guru and award winning author. She writes for Huffington Post and Consumer Health Digest.