Eye myths: Fact or fiction

The most common eye myths debunked

There are so many beauty myths out there that we all for, especially when it comes to your eyes. But how many of them are true?

Tea bags are an effective cold compress for your eyes

Black tea is the best option because the caffeine temporarily tightens the skin around your eyes while the tannins act as an anti-inflammatory. To prepare, soak two tea bags in hot water for a few minutes and then remove and squeeze out excess water. Refrigerate until cool and then place the cold bags over your eyes for about 10 minutes. The cool compress of the bag quickly shrinks blood vessels around the eye, which reduces swelling.

Your pillow is giving you wrinkles

When we sleep with our faces smushed against the pillow, we put sustained pressure on our skin and break down collagen that, over time, will see us develop deep creases called sleep wrinkles. Sleeping on your back is the best prevention, but if you can’t break the side-sleeping habit, dermatologists agree that using a silk (rather than cotton) pillowcase will slow the process right down. Elevating your face with an extra pillow is also a top tip to prevent that dreaded morning puffiness by reducing fluid retention.

Eating carrots will improve your vision

Carrots are a source of Vitamin A and C, both of which are undeniably good for eye health, but these vitamins aren’t exclusive to carrots. Others that are high in vitamins but also rich in the antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids that protect eyes against dryness, macular degeneration and cataracts include oily fish, nuts, beans and eggs, darkly pigmented fruits such as berries, cherries, grapes, citrus fruits, and leafy green vegetables.

Bonus tip: Alcohol and salt equal dehydration, which equals fluid retention, which equals – you guessed it – puffy eyes. You have been warned.