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by Gail Kavanagh

It is said that the eyes are the mirrors of the soul – and there is little doubt that a pair of beautiful, sparkling eyes can be a real asset.

Improve your general eye health

Include more fish and green vegetables in your diet, and cut down on white flour and sugar. Researchers at Tufts University in Boston found that so-called `bad carbs’ like refined sugar and flour can raise the risk of poor eye health in later years. On the other hand, fish oils and antioxidants can keep them sparkling!

Deal with those dark circles

If they are caused by late nights and too much coffee, you need to change your habits, for the sake of your eyes. Get some more sleep (they don’t call it `beauty sleep’ for nothing!) and switch to herbal teas. Bilberry was used by British and US pilots in WWII to improve night vision and has long been recognized as beneficial for eyes. Chamomile tea will help you sleep, and the cooled tea bags can be used as relaxing eye compresses.

Open up the eye area

Get your eyebrows professionally plucked. It’s amazing what a different this will make. The whole eye area will become lighter and brighter, the better to show off your make up!

Use a good eye cream

This doesn’t have to be expensive. Choose an eye cream that works for you, designed to concentrate on your areas of concern, such as puffiness or lines. It must be applied very gently, never rub or drag the cream onto the eye area. Just gently pat it on, avoiding contact with the eye itself. Even the best cream will sting and make your eyes water if you get it into the eyes. Cooled chamomile tea bags or slices of cucumber will help reduce puffiness, while egg white will tighten the skin around the eyes.

Do simple eye exercises

You can do these when you are waiting in traffic, or any other time when you have time to kill. They strengthen the eyes and help with the burning and itching of `computer eyes’. Just look up, and then down, right and then left and roll your eyes. You need to do each movement around ten times, looking as far as you can in one direction.

Use a light hand with make up for day

In daylight hours, you want to enhance your eyes. Use a light concealer to mask dark shadows, and powder gently over the eye area so make up does not run or cake into creases. Use a light powder shadow in a color to tone with your eyes. Don’t use dark or heavy eye brow pencils or eye liner, as these will age your eyes in daylight. Use eye shadow in the correct brown tone, applied with a brush to your eyebrows, as this will look more natural. Eye shadow can also substitute for eye liner and will look softer.

Sparkle at night

Evening is the time to add shine to your eyes with iridescent or metallic eye shadows. Gold tones look sumptuous and silver stands right out, but don’t overlook the possibilities in other glowing shades. A trick for soft but glamorous evening eyes is to use a darker tone of your eye shadow as eye liner. Use an eye lash curler to give definition to your lashes and apply thickening mascara. Use a light colored concealer to make your eyes stand right out.

Clean off make up thoroughly

It’s time worn advice, but no less essential for that. Eye make up left on while you sleep will irritate or even damage the eyes. Use a gentle cleansing pad and remove all traces of make up before you go to bed. Apply an overnight cream to hydrate the eye area.

Protect your eyes in strong sunlight

Sunglasses are not just from hiding from the paparazzi! Get the best sunglasses you can afford and make sure they wrap around the sides of you eyes. UV rays will damage your unprotected eyes and give you lines that have nothing to do with smiling, and be impossible to eradicate. Protect you skin and eyes from the sun and you will not need expensive creams or surgery in the future.

The last tip is attributed to Audrey Hepburn, whose eyes were legendary: “for beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.” Attitude can count for a lot – smile lines are better than frown lines, eyes that shine with hope and compassion will always be beautiful.

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Take Care Of You

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. It is easy to neglect yourself when taking care of others. Sometimes we are so incredibly occupied taking care of other folks that we just ignore ourselves. Like everyone else, we have our own special needs, and we have to guarantee that these are addressed. Taking care of yourself or self-nurturing is an essential ingredient to self-respect and your own inner and outer beauty. It’s so easy sometimes to talk about these things, and difficult to implement them on a regular basis, and not let them fall by the wayside. As women, mothers, farmers, nurses, teachers, spouses, and a plethora of other professional care-giving titles…we’ve learned to be great caretakers…of others! Learning to care for oneself is an ongoing experience. It starts today and continues throughout our lives. Here are some ways you can get that much needed “me time”.

Body Care

Start with your body, make sure you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Eating a balanced diet does not just mean high protein and less carbohydrates. It also means making the right choices and smarter decisions with the food you eat and drink. Exercise regularly. If you are not physically fit, then you may not have enough energy to build up reserves to deal with everyday life and be happy. Find a fitness program that fits you. That includes a daily walk around your property, in a park or around your neighborhood, going to a gym, swimming, biking, playing sports and so forth.

Skincare

Having healthy-looking skin is critical to feeling good about your appearance. Your skin is the largest organ on the body, so its beauty is not only important – but its health is too. If you have problems with your skin, then do whatever it takes to find resolve. And for some reason, skincare is usually overlooked by many women farmers who work under the sun everyday. You should change your routine to include a soak in that fragrant bubble bath you love so much every week, or mix up that sugar scrub recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Because when it comes right down to it, you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

Hair Care

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. A change of hairstyle can spell a huge difference on how she looks and how she feels about herself. Like our skin, our hair is often a neglected part of our bodies that we either forget about, not even bothering to do anything with it. Your hair can be either a pleasant addition to your overall appearance or it can be a distraction from your overall appearance. By taking care of your hair (regular maintenance and styling) your hair will look healthier and shinier creating a simple yet flawless look. And by all means go ahead, take that much-deserved occasional trip to the salon.

Leisure Time

Spending some of your free time in such activities that help you relax and reset is one way to stay happy and feel better. In day-to-day life there is (and should be) room for fun stuff. So learn how to balance the work with restful/recreational activities. Spend time with your family, play with children, go for hangouts with friends, or you plan for a fantastic vacation. Find a time when you can get away and recharge. Take up a hobby that you abandoned a long time ago, but would still enjoy doing.

Yes, women who take care of other people have the best jobs – doing for others is an unselfish and truly rewarding way to live. But again, you cannot keep doing all the wonderful things you do for others if you fail to recognize the importance of taking care of you. Implement a little me time in your daily life, it’ll help you to reset and make your life more balanced.


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