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August 2010
The Koala in You
Dark circle woes
Sonali Seth
 
Are your dark circles making you look like a koala bear? It’s true that today’s range of makeup offers an array of cosmetic magic to cover up the ugly under eye circles. But, wouldn’t you just like to rid yourself of this dark hidden secret. Try some of these home remedies for dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.

Though exposure to sun and lack of sleep do contribute to eye problems, the truth is that there may be many more reasons for those ugly circles and puffy bags under your eyes. But people suffering from such problems can relax. There are many home remedies to clear your eyes of all blemishes and make them look as beautiful as nature intended them to be. Apply these to your eyes for an all-new you!

Cucumber Coolers
Before going to sleep, give your eyes the gentle cucumber treatment. For this, you will have to keep the cucumber in a freezer for an hour, and then cut two thick slices and put them upon your eyelids for about half an hour.

Smooth Complexion
Whip some fresh cream or malai, tomato juice, lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric together, and massage with an upward circular movement under your eyes. This will help reduce and finally banish those bags from under your eyes, as massage stimulates blood circulation and perks up the skin around the eyes.

Drink Up
The therapeutic effects of drinking water cannot be over-emphasised. It not just nourishes every part of your body, but also rids it of all kinds of toxins. Drink upto six to eight glasses of water every day, for clear eyes.

Work Things Up
Exercising improves the blood circulation and provides cells with nutrients so vital for every part of the body. Join a gym or go for a walk, do some cycling or jump rope or swim. Exercise is the key to a healthy heart. When you do aerobics you work up a sweat, which helps clear up the dark circles and the ugly puffiness from under the eyes.

Count Sheep
Well not literally, a restful sleep of seven to eight hours is extremely important for the eyes, as it greatly relaxes face muscles. Moreover, skin cells tend to regenerate twice as fast when you are sleeping. For best results, it is imperative to have a regular sleep cycle.

Start eating the right foods!
Make sure you stay away from sugary snacks and drinks, fried or fast foods. Start eating dark green leafy vegetables, multi-coloured fruits, whole grain breads and pasta, nuts, legumes, and soy.
It you follow these home remedies, it will not just make dark circles and under eye bags disappear, but will give your skin a healthy glow as well!

Magical Vitamin
It’s a known fact that Vitamin E works magic on your skin; improving its condition. So why not inculcate it into your diet with some peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1½ cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoons peanut oil
Method
  • Mix the peanuts with the peanut oil, and pour the mixture into the food processor.
  • Process the mixture until it's very smooth.
  • Store your smooth peanut butter in a sealed container in the fridge. It will be good for two weeks.


    
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