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Morning face isn't made up.
It's what happens when you wake up in the morning, take a glance in the mirror, and see a puffy complexion looking back at you.
What's the reason behind it? And is there a way to de-puff your face?
Absolutely! Let us fill you in.
Several culprits could be behind your facial puffiness.
You're Eating too Many Salty Foods
Sodium is great - in small doses.
When you consume too much sodium, your body retains extra water leading to water retention which ultimately puffs up your face.
In order to keep your body healthy and your face chiselled, you need to maintain a healthy sodium and potassium ratio. Thus, experts recommend filling up on potassium-rich foods like avocados, bananas, and tomatoes.
You're Lacking Sleep
When you're skimping on sleep, it shows up on your skin - particularly around the eyes.
So you might want to lessen those late nights if you want to say bye-bye to bloating.
Besides lack of sleep, it could also be due to other sleep-related factors.
"It could be due to the position that you sleep in, the type of pillow used, your water or fluid intake during the day. Also, there is a fluid redistribution to face when we are in a horizontal-lying-down position," says dermatologist Dr. Apratim Goel.
Let's not forget that your skin undergoes a regeneration process as you snooze, so missing out on it can show up as face puffiness, sallow skin, and dark circles.
You May Be Allergic to Something
Facial bloating and puffy eyes can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
It could be an allergy to food, medication, or even skincare products.
When you're experiencing an allergy, it may manifest as red, watery eyes, and puffiness.
Looking for some quick de-puffing tips? We've got plenty for you to try.
So we know it's not exactly the easiest task on a winter's morning. But hey, at the moment it's summer and you can see it as a refreshing way to wake up your skin.
Washing your face with cold water as soon as you get out of bed can boost blood circulation and in doing so, bring down the bloat. It really is the fastest depuffing technique we have to offer.
For intense bloating relief, you could also try the ice cube facial, which involves rubbing an ice cube all over for your face to dilate the blood vessels of the skin, promote lymphatic drainage, and depuff the skin.
Some people even swear by dunking their head in a bowl of freezing cold water to beat bloating.
Let's start with the teabag method which, as its name suggests, involves applying chilled teabags over your eyes for quick depuffing effects.
The teaspoon method works just as well.
Simply place cold spoons on your peepers to relieve swelling. It should feel really nice, too.
You can also target some pressure points around the eye to stimulate blood flow. Starting at the bridge of the nose, use your thumbs to apply pressure along the brow bone and work your way out towards your temples.
If eye puffiness is your issue, try refrigerating your eye cream or serum 10 minutes before massaging it in for an intensely soothing sensation.
Fluid retention happens when your skin is thirsty, so the best way to fight morning puffiness is to ensure you're also drinking plenty of water. Hydration is essential for battling bloating.
It'll also keep your skin healthy, smooth, and ward off breakouts.
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Seeing as fluid retention is the main puffiness culprit, an effective way to help your face return to its normal, chiselled self is by draining the said fluid from your face. Most of our lymph nodes are located in the neck, so this is the best place to begin.
You can use your fingers, gua sha, or a jade roller - use whatever works best for you.
Start from just underneath the ear, making firm sweeping motions towards your shoulder. Repeat the process on both sides of the neck. Move into the center of the neck, using a downward motion from your jawline, to either side of the throat, to your collarbone.
Perform these massage movements after applying a facial oil or serum for an easier glide.
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Pay attention to what's inside cleansers, serums, and moisturizers. Choose the ones that contain calming, depuffing ingredients, and start making them a part of your skincare routine.
"Caffeine, green tea extract, and antioxidants including rosemary and vitamins C and E help constrict blood vessels to decrease swelling," says celebrity facialist Joanna Czech.
Supercharge their de-puffing powers by keeping them cool, or massage them into your skin with your fingers or a cold tool.
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The quickest hack to wake up without puffiness? Place another pillow under your head.
"I tell patients to add in an extra pillow to fight against gravity," says New York City–based dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali. "This is one of the easiest ways to prevent bloating because it reduces the amount of fluid that retains in the face."
The next day, you won't have to worry about bloating whatsoever.
Morning face affects us all at some point or another. For some, it may be a case of overeating salty snacks. For others, it might be down to dehydration.
Whatever the reason, you can now start treating facial puffiness with our useful de-puffing tips.
Got any de-puffing tips of your own? We'd love to hear about them!