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Brighten up the windows to your soul

Go for natural looking eyelash extensions to doll up your look – it’s a fuss-free way to flatter your eyes
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - May 13, 2010
By: Sheila Lim
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Brighten up the windows to your soul

There’s a song about a woman who’s got “Betty Davis eyes”, but why hasn’t anyone been inspired as yet to pen something about Elizabeth Taylor’s strikingly beautiful peepers? In films like Taming of the Shrew and Cleopatra, this acclaimed actress uses her expressive eyes to best effect – they fit her exquisite face beautifully, are always perfectly made up and seem to flash like the diamonds in her vast collection of gems.

Few of us are blessed with “Elizabeth Taylor eyes”, but we can always make our own pair lovelier and livelier by keeping them healthy, applying eye make-up strategically and taking care of the extremely delicate skin around them.

How to take proper care of your eyes:

* Avoid straining your eyes. Remedy eyesight problems before they worsen. If you are reading or working on something, always do it in a well-lit place.

* If you are reading or working on the computer for a long period of time, take regular breaks to prevent eyestrain. One relaxation exercise you can do is to place your elbows on the table, close your eyes and cup them with your palms. Allow the weight of your head to rest on your palms. Another method is to focus on a far-away object for two minutes and then return your gaze to an object close to you. Repeat this exercise several times.

* Invest in a good pair of sunglasses that’s effective in filtering out glare and harmful UV rays, and always wear it when you’re out in the sun.

* Avoid smoky, dusty places; try not to rub your eyes when they get irritated. To soothe tired or puffy eyes, lie down, close your eyes, and place chilled cucumber slices, teabags or cotton wool swabs on them. Cleanse your eyes with an eye wash once or twice a week.

How to keep your eyes looking good:

* Get enough sleep. If you don’t, the signs of exhaustion will show up as “panda eyes” and eye bags, as poor blood circulation causes blood to pool in the veins and capillaries beneath the eyes.

* Vitamins A and D, found in foods like milk, cheese, eggs and green leafy vegetables, are essential for eye health, so try to include adequate amounts of these in your diet.

* When removing make-up, do it very gently to avoid stretching the fragile skin around the eyes. As we age, our skin naturally produces less collagen, resulting in decreased suppleness. The elastin fibres in the skin cells start to lose their elasticity, resulting in the skin becoming less firm. Over time, the damaging effects of sun exposure, pollutants and stress cause fine lines and wrinkles to form, which without proper care will deepen into creases known as crow’s feet.

* Wrinkles aren’t the only tell-tale sign of ageing. We’ll also look tired when the lower parts of our eye sockets become hollowed out with the loss of fats and moisture from the skin cells in this area.

To reduce the visible signs of ageing, use a high-quality eye cream formulated to increase hydration, reduce wrinkles, lighten dark circles and diminish puffiness.


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