7 Easy Kitchen Ingredients for Healthy Eyes this Summer

Cold Water

Splashing your eyes with cold water is vital to eye health and helps them relax after a long day at work. The radiation from electronic devices like laptops or mobile phones is very detrimental for the eyes, and they always get affected irrespective of wearing glasses or other protective eyewear.

Don’t forget to cool your eyes by splashing water on them every two hours or better still, use cotton pads soaked in cold water. It helps regulate blood flow and aids in keeping the eyes fresh. Also, guzzle down this wonder fluid throughout the day, as drinking plenty of water helps prevent dehydration, thereby reducing the possibility of dry eyes.

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Cucumber

Cucumber slices are often used in various spa therapies or at salons after applying a face pack. They are said to have a naturally refreshing effect and also provide cooling relief from sunburns. Its astringent properties help soothe tired eyes, relaxing the eye muscles. Cucumber acts as a natural moisturizer that hydrates the skin by comforting the vessels present in the thin skin of the eye. Cucumbers are rich in vitamin E, vitamin A, and Vitamin K along with a high level of water content that keeps your skin hydrated. 

The beta–carotene in cucumber tackles damage, reduces puffiness and promotes healing. Place fresh-cut slices of cold cucumber on your eyes for 10-15 minutes. You can also soak cotton balls in cucumber juice and apply them around the thin skin of the eye. It will have the same relaxing effect.

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Rose Water

Eyes burning? A cotton pad with a few drops of rose water, a natural coolant, can help cool them down and reduce irritation. The anti-inflammatory properties of rose water provide comfort and rejuvenate the eye after a long day. Rosewater works like magic in lightening dark circles, getting rid of blemishes, and smoothening the skin around the eyes. Its antiseptic properties protect the eyes from inflammation and harmful substances in makeup products. The easiest way to apply rose water is to dip some cotton in it and place it on the skin of your eye for 4-5 minutes every day. You can also apply it along with milk which acts as a natural soother for the eye. 

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Strawberries

This fruit is a rich source of antioxidants and contains plenty of vitamin C which could lower your risk of cataracts significantly. Berries promote blood circulation in our body, especially in the tiny capillaries in the skin. Juicy strawberries work wonders for your eyes by getting rid of dark circles under the eye. You can cut thin strawberry slices and place them on the eyes for a cooling effect. Pair this fruit with other vitamin C-rich foods including bell peppers, berries, citrus fruits such as oranges, and grapefruit for maximum impact, this includes consumption.

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Dairy

Dairy products such as milk and yogurt are great for improving eye health. They are loaded with calcium, phosphorus, zinc as well as vitamin A. Vitamin A protects the cornea while zinc is responsible for transporting said vitamin to the eyes from the liver. Zinc is especially found in the retina and this mineral helps with night vision and often prevents cataracts. A dab of cold milk can lighten dark circles, prevent puffiness and strained eyes caused due to fatigue. You can easily include them in your diet as a healthy option for breakfast, coffee/tea/smoothie, after lunch (yogurt), or with your cereal bowls.

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Tomato

Tomatoes, an excellent source of antioxidants and carotenoids, also work as vision protectors. Tomatoes can be applied under the eye which helps lighten the skin and reduce dark circles. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a substance, which gives tomatoes their vibrant red color. Studies have revealed that the lycopene present in ocular tissues helps diminish the light-induced damage to the retina and other areas of the eye and is also responsible for maintaining healthy skin.

Here’s a quick homemade fix for tired eyes – Mix the pulp of tomato with some lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric and apply the paste under the eye. Keep it on for about 15-20 minutes and then gently wash it. They also work wonders when consumed raw with all the goodness of beta carotene and Vitamin C. Do consult a health professional before consuming or applying anything on the skin to eliminate possible reactions or allergies.

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Tea Bags

Using tea bags on the eyes is an easy and inexpensive home remedy. Teabags are a boon for tired eyes as caffeine tea reduces the swelling and puffiness around the eyes. It aids in relaxation and even the Vitamin K present in tea helps reduce the dark circles, taking care of several other eye ailments such as pink eye, or conjunctivitis.

Once done preparing tea, take the leftover tea bags and freeze them for a while. Just place the brewed tea bags on your eyes and leave them for around for 15 minutes to get the sparkle back! Placing a cold tea bag over the eyes may help soothe red eyes and improve the appearance of puffiness or swelling under the eyes.

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Note: Do consult a health professional before consuming or applying anything on the skin to eliminate possible reactions or allergies.

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Shreya Paul
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