Refreshing Your Eyes – the Perfect Peepers
Yes, it’s the dead of winter. But thankfully, you don’t need dead eyes to match the décor outside! Having perfect peepers can be a tall order, however, for many people at this time of year. If you’re a student, you’re in the midst of studying for midterm exams and probably haven’t gotten much sleep. If you’re working, either staring at the computer screen all day or the TV screen once you’ve gotten off your feet at night might have done a number on your eyes. Let’s face it, waking up to dark circles and bloodshot eyes is no one’s idea of a perfect morning, but c’est la vie. So what to do about it? Next time you’re greeted by a zombie in the washroom mirror, try these quick fixes to freshen up.
There’s no need to see red if you’ve got ice cubes and a washcloth handy. Make a cold compress and put it on your eyes for 30 minutes. The lower temperature will relive tension in the blood vessels that are causing your bloodshot eyes. If you’re in a bit of a rush and don’t have 30 minutes to spare, drop by a local pharmacy to pick up moisturizing tears or, if you wear contacts, rewetting drops. Your eyes will be back to normal in no time.
If it’s black circles that have you stumped, look no further for a solution than your teapot. Besides being an excellent sleep inducer, chamomile constricts the blood vessels under your eyes that cause darkness. Placing cold chamomile tea bags on your eyes for 10 to 20 minutes should do the trick. If not, try dipping a cotton ball in witch hazel and then putting it on you eyes for 20 minutes instead. Once you’re done, the zombie you saw before will have gone back to its resting place and you’ll find a much fresher, lovelier-looking you.