February’s Valentine for Your Eyes?
The eyes are like every other part of the body. They need TLC in order to function and stay in shape. Simple YBR relief for your eyes and other easy lifestyle changes really help.
Are you focusing enough on the health of your eyes? The American Optometric Association is so concerned about the wellbeing of our eyes during today’s “digital age,” it has set aside March as “Save Your Vision Month.”
So let’s get a YBR jump on it.
After or during a long day of working at a computer, have you experienced any of the following problems?
If you have, it’s likely the result of eye strain, which happens when your eyes get tired from intense use. Fortunately, it can be remedied with a helpful trick called the 20-20-20 Rule:
The American Optometric Association estimates that we spend an average of 10 hours per day looking at a screen of some sort. This prolonged use of digital devices – computers, tablets, e-readers, cell phones, televisions – can damage vision and cause Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also known as digital eye strain. The symptoms include headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, tearing, irritation in the eyes, burning, dryness, and neck and shoulder pain.
Wearing computer glasses, taking a break, magnifying text, blinking frequently, and making sure the screen is 20 to 28 inches away are all also ways to prevent uncomfortable symptoms.
And there is so much more to know.
We all know the benefits of a healthy diet, but certain foods and nutrients are really great for eye health. Antioxidants in coffee, leafy greens, berries, and cold-water fish such as salmon are beneficial to eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon help prevent dry eyes and keep the retina healthy. One trustworthy fish oil, Omega 3 Innovations, really helped relieve me when I had dry eye syndrome.
Wear polarized UV sunglasses when in direct sunlight. The sun has damaging UV rays that can cause sunburn of the cornea (photokeratitis), produce a growth to develop on the eye (pingueculae), and even cause permanent retinal damage. Look for sunglasses that protect you from 99 – 100% of both UVA and UVB light.
It’s very important to wear protective lenses or goggles that have UV protection if you work in a hazardous environment, like a construction zone or workshop, to protect from harmful dust particles. Also shield your eyes if you participate in extreme sports or sports with balls (not body rolling balls, of course – ha ha ha!).
There are brands that are organic, accessible, affordable and perform. Here are just three examples: Zuzu Luxe and Gabriel, both owned by Gabriel Cosmetics. You can find them in most Whole Foods makeup section. Lily Lolo is 100% natural and has a wide range of products, many with cult followings. Talk about professional quality makeup at a budget friendly price, Made in the USA Root is full of swoon-worthy makeup in more colors than you may have thought was possible with natural makeup.
Wash your makeup off every night. This is an important habit to embrace. Remove that old mascara, eye shadow, or eyeliner. This not only promotes eye health, but it’s good for your skin. Bacterial infections can occur if makeup is not removed and builds up. And use non-toxic makeup remover to avoid toxic heavy metals and allergic reactions. Most oils work great for removing eye makeup from your eyelids. You can choose from almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil. Or wipe off eye makeup with a cucumber slice; or try wiping gently with cotton swab soaked in milk. Even try mixing one-part witch hazel with one-part water and jojoba oil for a super-gentle, all-natural makeup remover.
When you thoroughly cleanse your face in the evening, the next morning you’ll only need to rinse with water or a warm wash cloth. By not over-washing you’ll also protect your face’s Microbiome!
And what is the Microbiome? Microbes (composed of bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa and viruses) that live inside and on the human body. We’re dependent on these bacteria to keep us healthy by protecting us against disease-causing bacteria.
And YBR is all about keeping us healthy, inside and out.
Try this video with your Yamuna Face Balls to relieve eye strain and improve eye health. It will also smooth out wrinkles! February’s valentine for your eyes!
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Now that I’m finished writing this blog I’m going to take 20 to soothe my eyes with the face ball!
Hope to see you on the ball!