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Sperm Brow and Other Eye Aging No-No’s You Need to Know

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Are you guilty of giving yourself a sperm brow? Do you use so much eyeliner that your kids accuse you of going Goth? On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz discusses these and other eye-opening, eye-aging no-no’s that you need to know so that you can look 10 years younger beginning today.

“It’s the biggest health sign that gives away your age—your eyes. But what if I told you that your eyes could look not just two, but a decade younger?” posits Dr. Oz as he and special guest celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal reveal the following anti-aging eye tips to make you look younger.

According to Ms. Roncal one of the biggest problems women face when applying makeup around their eyes is that too much is applied in the wrong way.

“This is the thing—they want their eyes to pop. They want them to look younger, and so they put on tons of product. They are putting on layers and layers of makeup and sealers and powders, and lots of eye makeup and what that is doing is making them look older—not younger,” says Ms. Roncal. “But I have lots of secrets to make you look ten years younger.

Anti-aging eye secret #1: Youthful eyeliner

“The number one problem is that so many women are wearing so much heavy eyeliner that it is instantly making them look older,” says Ms. Roncal who tells viewers that the mistake many women make is putting on too much eyeliner all around the eyes―and of the same color.

Her advice is to try applying a thinner application of dark eyeliner to the top of the eye and a lighter color on the bottom of the eye to avoid that shadowing effect that makes you look like you actually have dark circles around the eyes.

In addition, you have to be careful about your source of cosmetics for the eyes as some eyeliners reportedly contain arsenic.

Anti-aging eye secret #2: Make sure that you are not iron deficient

Not only will applying too much eyeliner make you look like you have dark circles, but being deficient in iron is one cause of natural dark circles around the eyes.

The quick and easy fix for this is to eat iron rich foods such as spinach, beans—and dark chocolate.

Anti-aging eye secret #3: Use an eye primer

Eye primer is a skin cosmetic that locks in the moisture and serums under the skin, while at the same time smoothening out the surface. According to Ms. Roncal, this helps make the concealers and eye shadow that are applied on top avoid creating a wrinkled eye skin look.

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Anti-aging eye secret #4: Never over pluck

“Put the tweezers down,” admonishes Ms. Roncal to all those women who are guilty of over-plucking their eyebrows to the point that either their eyebrows are totally gone or fashioned into a sperm shape that is referred to as “the dreaded sperm brow.”

“The thinner the eyebrows, the older you’ll look,” says Ms. Roncal.

Fortunately, for women who have over-plucked their eyebrows, judicious use of liner pencil using short feathery strokes with a light application of powder to soften the stroke lines can give a convincing illusion of eyebrows until the real ones grow back.

Anti-aging eye secret #5: Grow your moisturizer collection

“The thing that is worst for your eyes is looking dry,” says Ms. Roncal. “Instantly, when they are dry, you are going to look older no matter how old you are.”

Her solution for fighting dry skin around the eyes is to try out a number of moisturizers that contain retinol, vitamin E and sunblock to ensure that you are giving your skin a fighting chance against avoidable dryness.

Anti-aging eye secret #6: Eliminate salt, add sweet potatoes

According to Dr. Oz, too much salt in your diet leads to water retention that especially accumulates in the soft skin around the eyes that will result in “bags” under the eyes. His recommendation is to eat no more than 2,300 milligrams per day and to drink 2 cups of warm lemon water to help reduce puffiness around the eyes.

Ms. Roncal’s tip is to forget about putting cucumber slices over the eyes and try slices of sweet potatoes instead.

“Sweet potatoes are great because they have anti-inflammatory properties and essential fatty acids,” says Ms. Roncal who tells viewers that cucumbers offer coolness, but not nutrients for the eye skin. Her recommendation is to cool the sweet potato ahead of time in the fridge and then cut it into one-inch thick slices that will put a slight pressure against the eye. This way, you will get both the cooling sensation and skin nutrients for healthier looking skin around the eyes.

For additional anti-aging advice, here is an article on how to look younger today with 2 anti-aging cures for 2014.

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show