It is really hard to feel fresh and alert when your eyes are tired, droopy and puffy. These signs of stress and fatigue are a common struggle for most of our clients and something that they worry about on session day. Our photographers work wonders during post-production of your session’s photos. But when you are gearing up for an intimate session such as boudoir, you want to look and feel your best on session day.
Asian Roots Luxury Spa, Delhi, has come up with some handy and effective tips to get rid of under eye bags and dark circles that are so quick and easy to do, you could easily conquer your puffy eyes the morning of your session. We thought it would be fun to try these out for you to see which of these tips are actually worth doing.
1. Go potato: Slice a raw potato (after refrigerating for a few minutes) into two and circle the closed eyes gently with those halves. Place it on your eyes so that it also covers the puffed ares under your eyes and leave it like that for 15-20 minutes. You’ll notice a tremendous change in those bags as they’ll be diminished in size.
2. Milky way: If you have extremely puffed up eyes this is the regular regime that you will have to follow. Dip cotton pads in chilled milk and place on your eyelids and relax for 20-30 minutes. This well help your eyes with water retention and it would also cool them off.
3. Cucumber relief: Cucumbers are a fantastic natural remedy to get rid of under eye puffiness. Take 2 slices of fresh refrigerated cucumber and place it on your eyes for 25 minutes. Relax with the cool soothing slices over your eyes and slip into a short nap, it will help refresh your mind as well as your eyes, and the anti-inflammatory properties of the cool cucumber will naturally help reduce puffy tissues.
4. Spoons and iced water: The puffiness of the eyes can be reduced with the help of a glass of ice water and four stainless steel spoons. Chill the spoons in the water and then place one over each eye. Keep switching the spoons while letting the other one chill in the glass of water. Keep switching until you see improvement. 15-20 minutes is the average time needed.
5. Egg white: Stiffly beat a few egg whites and apply it around your eyes with a brush. It will result in making the area around and under the eye feel tighter and look less puffy. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse your face in cold water. Of course, be careful not to get any IN your eye.
6. Green tea bag: Settle down for 10-15 minutes with a chilled, steeped chamomile or green tea bag over each eye and then relax. The natural properties of these herbal teas will help bring puffy eyes back to their original size.
7. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
AND THE RESULTS ARE IN!
While we loved experimenting with everything they suggested, there were definitely things that stood out as the obviously leaders in the battle against puffy eyes.
1. While the chill of the refrigerated potato felt refreshing and the skin around the eye did feel as though it were getting tighter, this was definitely a “feel better not look better” solution to puffy eyes.
2. The cotton pads in chilled milk had a similar effect to that of the potatoes. The coolness of the chilled milk on the pads felt refreshing until they warmed up but we didn’t notice any tightening effect of the skin. Our eyes felt refreshed for a small time but after the 20-30 minutes of suggested time, we just smelled warm milk and didn’t see any difference in the look of our eyes.
3. The cucumber relief was the most effective of all the tips we tried. The coolness of the cucumbers were refreshing and after relaxing for about a half an hour we all noticed a good decrease in puffiness.
4. The spoons of ice water were just painful. Somewhat similar to taking a nap on an icepack, we’re pretty sure that if we had it in us to hang in there for any length of time we would haven noticed a decrease in puffiness. But unfortunately, the only thing we gained was an extreme increase in redness of the skin because of how cold the spoons were. Maybe we had too much ice in the water? Not something we’d repeat or suggest to a client, especially considering how well the cucumbers worked.
5. The egg whites made us feel like we were scientifically conquering the issue at hand but it was messy. Had we been born to paint, rather than photograph, the egg whites may have stayed where initially intended. But between the mess and the worry of accidentally getting some in our eyes and going blind, we just didn’t see the point or any results from this method. The skin around the eye did feel tighter and look a bit shinier but we think the tightness we felt was because of the egg drying on our skin and not actually anything happening to the skin itself.
6. The chilled tea bag (we went with green tea) were amazing. It smelled wonderful and was relaxing. We didn’t feel any tightening of the skin but there was a reduction in puffiness of the eyes after 15 minutes. It didn’t work as well as the cucumbers but there was a noticeable difference. Maybe a longer trial?
7. We can all agree that drinking as much water as physically possible, in between coffee and cocktails of course, is the best preventative medicine for puffy eyes. We always suggest drinking extra water and decreasing your salt intake for the week leading up to your session. In addition to helping with bloat and puffiness, it also gives your skin a healthy glow.
And remember, whatever issue you may have be sure to talk to your photographer. Whatever your worries may be, there is usually a post-production cure!
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