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The eyes are often the first to show when you are feeling tired, ill or stressed. Because the eyes are the focal point of the face, dark circles and puffy eyelids will give you a worn out appearance even if you're feeling well. Although there are many products that will cover up puffiness or discoloration, there are natural ways to make your eyes brighter and give you a rejuvenated, well-rested look.

Get enough sleep every night. Not getting enough sleep will reflect on your eyes and make them less bright. Healthy adults require between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep nightly.

Splash cool water on your eyes. This cools the eyes and increases circulation, helping the eyes stay healthy and, in turn, improving their overall appearance. Allow the water to dry on the eyes without wiping it off. Repeat about four times a day.

Place cool green tea bags or cotton balls soaked with milk on your eyelids. This will refresh the eyes and reduce puffiness and dark circles. Repeat daily.

Massage the eyes nightly with warm vegetable oil such as safflower or olive. Dab a few drops of the oil around your eye area, being careful not to get any oil into the eye. Massage with gentle, circular movements without tugging or pulling the delicate skin. Repeat until the oil is absorbed into the skin.

Improve your diet. The eyes are a mirror of general health and a poor diet will reflect on their appearance. Consume plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Eating foods high in vitamin A will improve the appearance of your eyes and make them brighter and healthier. Vitamin A rich foods include cod liver oil, egg, pumpkin, carrots, mango, papaya and green leafy vegetables. Include these foods in your daily diet to keep your eyes bright and healthy.


If puffiness and darkness around the eyes persist, consult your physician to check for any underlying conditions.

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Allie Gore

Allie Gore is a Toronto-based writer and editor with over five years experience in the field. She has served as a submissions editor for Existere and a health and wellness writer for HealthAware.ca. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from York University and currently works in advertising.