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Posted: Wednesday April 4, 2012, 5:27 PM
Health & Beauty: Beauty is in the Eyes
By De'on Mallory

The eyes are a sensitive pair. Redness, wrinkles and poor eyesight can all make us cry. Avoid the tears by fusing old eye-deology with new. Dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt, of Baxt CosMedical in Paramus and New York, lends her expertise on the subject of eye care.

"Wrinkles look worse when they are dry," says Baxt. "Moisturizing makes lines look better. My favorite night cream for the eyelids is Vaseline. It's a great emollient and protects the eyelid skin, which is very thin, through the night."

General care is essential to healthy eyes

Having regular vision screenings is one way to monitor your eyesight and the overall health of your eyes. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, these exams should be conducted increasingly with age.

Diet is beneficial to eyes and the skin around them

Your eyes and skin need to stay moisturized. Drinking a lot of water and minimizing salty foods and Omega-6 fatty acids, commonly found in vegetable oil, keeps you hydrated. Be sure to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Carrots are particularly good for your eyes because of the vitamin A they contain. Omega-3, found in fish and flaxseed oil, helps keep eyes well oiled.

Say Goodbye to Shine

An easy way to reduce oily shine is to peel, then coarsely chop half a cucumber. Place in a blender until smooth. Apply liberally to your face for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

Protect your eyes

Baxt affirms that sunglasses are the best defense against the sun. "Sunglasses also protect the eyelid skin from the sun," she says. "No one likes to put sunscreen on their eyelids." Wear sunglasses with UV protection, a wide-brimmed hat or both while outside. Wear goggles when playing sports that involve smaller balls, doing work around the house and when in contact with chemicals, like those in a pool.

Give it a rest

Take a break when doing focused work, as it tends to force us to blink much less and puts more strain on the eyes. Getting enough sleep is also vital. "If you are chronically sleep deprived," Baxt says, "your skin will show the stress and you will look tired."

Puffiness is a thing of the past

It's actually easy to get rid of puffy eyes that result from a rough night's sleep. "Wash your face with cool water and a mild cleanser in the morning," Baxt says. "Apply a lighter eyelid moisturizer before makeup. If the eyelids are very puffy, then cold compresses, ice packs, cold tea bags, and sometimes oral antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra, can help."

Accentuate your eyes

Once you've ensured the health of your eyes, accentuate them. Try a concealer containing Nylon 12 under the eyes; it gives concealer a flexible property that allows it to work with facial gestures. Use mascara to create the illusion of longer lashes and top it all off with bold, metallic eye shadow.

Ways to Reduce Wrinkles

• Wear a thick eye cream at night and a lighter one in the morning.

• Avoid sun exposure.

• Use a mild cleaner or eye makeup remover.

• Eat a healthy diet.

• Get enough sleep.

• Drink water and stay hydrated.

• Use anti-wrinkle creams or Botox, if necessary.

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