July 24, 2004
Keep it SIMPLE Beauty Tip
Every day, our eyes are placed
under severe working conditionsreading a manuscript, staring
at a computer screen, crunching numbers, and a whole host of other
jobs requiring intense focus and concentration. Even pleasurable
activities such as watching television, enjoying a novel, and sewing
can cause eyestrain when done for long periods of time. This can
result in fatigue, trigger migraine headaches, and worsen wrinkles
and bags under your eyes.
My answer to the quest for
vibrant, younger looking eyes? Treat the cause not the symptoms.
When your eyes are overworked and overfocused, the nerves and muscles
surrounding the eye become imbalanced, throwing you into a state
of sympathetic dominance. This causes you to tense and stress the
muscles of your eyes, which then creates those pesky wrinkles and
By practicing these eye exercises, you can move
to a state of parasympathetic dominance, which promotes the relaxation
response within your eyes and the tissues surrounding them, thereby
supporting the beauty of your eyes safely and naturally.
Both of these exercises can be done at your desk
or anywhere you are working, in order to break up periods of intense
mental focus and concentration. They are also nice to do before
bed, particularly if you like to read or watch television, since
they relax your entire body as well as your eyes. Doing these exercises
regularly will make your eyes feel more comfortable and relaxed.
Your vision will be clearer and sharper, and you will find colors
are more intense. Over time, these exercises will also help soften
the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.
Softening Your Gaze
This simple exercise is adapted from Paul Scheele’s groundbreaking
work on Photo Reading and can be done whenever you feel your eye
muscles beginning to tense.
Read More on Aging Beautifully:
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EFAs = Extremely Flawless Appearances
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