Return of the rings

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Working at night, concentrating your eyes for too long on a computer screen, reading small type and watching television too can weaken the retinas, worsen sight, and cause swelling and dark rings around the eyes, according to herbalist Kieu Ba Long. Your eyes show tiredness.

To lose the black circles around your eyes, Long recommends several inexpensive but effective traditional eastern remedies.

- Squeeze three ripe tomatoes into juice and add a half of coffee spoon of lemon and two grams of saffron powder. Stir thoroughly and use a small piece of thin cloth to apply the mixture around your eyes for 15 minutes. Then rinse the face off with warm water. Apply the treatment for three days to rid your face of the grey bags forever.

- Blend two potatoes and half of a large cucumber into juice and add one third of a spoon of salt. Stir thoroughly and use a small piece of thin cloth to apply the mixture around your eyes. Let the concoction sit for 20 minutes before washing off with boiled but cool water. Carry out the procedure once a day for two days to stop both the swelling and darkening around the eyes.

- Pound the petals of two fresh lotuses, and mix them with two chicken egg whites (it's best if the eggs are part of the first batch the chicken has ever laid). Apply the mixture of ground petals and egg white around the eyes for 20 minutes before sleeping at night. After waking up the next morning, wash your eyes with cold water to help the blood vessels in your eyes. Five days of this remedy can correct eyesight problems.

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