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The eyes have it ( with care.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, according to Margaret Wolfe Hungerford's 1878 novel, Molly Bawn.

But the beholders need to care of their eyes.

Leading make-up artist Daniel Sandler, in conjunction with Johnson's Baby Wipes, offers the following eye-care tips.

Dark shadows

If you suffer from panda-eye effect you're probably not getting the recommended eight hours' shut-eye a night. More sleep is the first way to remedy those shadows, but for party princesses, try this. Place a slice of raw potato underneath your eyes, lie down and leave for 10 minutes ( the potassium in the potato counteracts dark circles, leaving the skin looking refreshed.

Bags and puffiness

Those late nights can cause puffy post-party peepers, but a poor diet can also contribute. Increase your iron intake (green leafy veg, eggs, and red meat are all great sources), cut back on caffeine and increase your water intake.

Want a quick fix? Lie down in a quiet room for 15 minutes with your head elevated slightly to encourage fluid to drain away from the eye area. Place a couple of cooled tea bags over your eyelids and relax.

The polyphenols and tannin in the tea are mild stimulants and have a slight tightening effect which will de-puff your eyes.

Crow's feet

The delicate skin around the eye is one of the first areas to show signs of ageing. Rubbing tired eyes or pulling the delicate skin around the eye can also cause the skin to wrinkle.

Take care when removing make-up from this delicate area by gently patting, not dragging the skin around the eyes and use a soft, mild product like Johnson's Baby Wipes.

Watery eyes

Troublesome tears are often caused by your skin's reaction to make-up. Thoroughly cleansing your skin at night gives your delicate eye area a well- earned rest and leaves your eyes sparkling when you wake.

Thin cucumber slices are an old remedy, but still a good one for reducing puffiness and soothing tired, sore eyes.

Bloodshot eyes

Redness can be combated by holding a metal spoon under cold running water and then gently pressing it onto the eye area for 60 seconds to soothe, cool and reduce swelling.

Did you know?

The skin around the eye has virtually no sebaceous glands, which makes it highly prone to dryness. It's much thinner and more sensitive than other facial skin and is easily aggravated by harsh cleansers.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2006
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