My beauty routine is essentially all about cleansing, toning and
moisturising. And I make it a point to remove my make-up even if I get back in the wee hours of the morning.
I also drink lots of water to flush out toxins and eat lots of salads and green vegetables. I go for a massage and a fruit facial once a month. For both my skin and hair, I use products from Body Shop and Clinique. My cosmetics are
usually from MAC, Nina Ricci and Christian Dior. Also, when I am not shooting, I restrict the use of
make-up to lip gloss and a blush-on.
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Whenever I use a night cream, I end up with puffy eyes in the morning. How do I deal with this problem?
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Face creams and oils are generally too heavy for the eye area. And they can block the tear ducts, thereby causing puffiness. Therefore, you should be careful and choose a specific eye treatment that wont aggravate your skin problems.
There are loads of products to choose from. Gel-based ones are great for oily skin and they also work well in firming the skin around the eye area. As an added bonus, these are extremely refreshing to use.
Use a tiny amount of the eye treatment, as you dont want to overload this area. Its better to apply it regularly in small quantities than apply lots only occasionally.
Apply with your ring finger, as this is the weakest one on your hand and wont stretch the delicate skin. This will help keep your skin more supple, and will also prevent premature wrinkling in this area.
Here are a few tips which will help you in preventing puffy eyes:
• Gently tap your skin with your ring finger while you are applying eye gel or balm. This will encourage the excess fluid to drain away.
• Store the eye treatment inside the refrigerator. The coldness will also help reduce the puffiness of your eyes.
• Place grated potato under your eyes to help reduce swelling. You could also try using strawberries and cucumber which are equally effective.
• Fill a small bowl with iced water or ice-cold milk. Soak a cotton pad with the liquid and lie down with the dampened pads over your eyes. Replace the pads as soon as they become warm. Continue for 15 minutes. Apart from reducing the puffiness, this treatment also helps you to brighten the whites of your eyes. Besides, this is also effective in reducing dark circles.