6 ways to fight a puffy face
Waking up with a puffy face is one way to put a damper on the start of your day. While the difference may seem minimal to others, when you’re feeling puffier than usual you just can't help but notice it. There are several culprits behind a puffy morning face including too much quarantine-related wine (been there), indulging on late night salty snacks (been there too), or, simply, lack of sleep. Avoiding these habits is one way to dodge puffiness, but we're here to let you know what you can do to bring down the bloat when you're staring in the mirror and the damage has already been done.
One option is to give yourself a DIY lymphatic drainage massage to draw away waste that’s built up in your system. The simplest way to do this involves using clean hands and facial oil. Start at the top of your face and massage your skin in gentle circles, slowly working your way down to your jaw. You can also use tools like a jade roller or a gua sha instead of your fingers if you prefer! If you’re using a gua sha you’ll want to reverse things by starting at your neck and working your way up. Check the photo to the right for the correct gua sha motions.
2. Eye cream
Eye cream is a staple in our morning routine and it can do wonders for under-eye bags. Eye cream instantly brightens the eyes and is also a great base for make-up, as the added moisture plumps fine lines and creases. All-star ingredients to look for in an eye cream are caffeine, as it has been proven to reduce puffiness and vitamin c because it’s great at brightening and reducing the appearance of dark circles. Our go-to eye cream is OleHenriksen's Banana Bright Eye Crème (Sephora, $52) and when our eyes are extra puffy we like to use a caffeine-based eye mask.
3. Green tea
Green tea is a great way to kick start things in the morning. The hot water flushes out the system, while polyphenols (a natural compound) helps to reduce inflammation. Tea is a great alternative morning beverage, especially in the colder months, and it contains almost the same amount of caffeine as coffee itself, so it’s a win-win for us. If you have some extra time, make your tea with two bags and, once the tea has steeped, put the bags in the freezer until they are cold then use them as an under-eye mask. Leave the bags on for 5-10 minutes, rinse, and follow-up with your skincare routine.
Getting a move on can make all the difference for a bloated face, as the horizontal position of sleeping is known to cause swelling. Getting upright and getting your blood flowing will help take care of this. Even if you only do a quick stretching routine, your body and puffy face will thank you.
5. Temperature matters
Colder temperatures help to de-puff the face, which is one of the main reasons why you may experience puffiness less in the winter months. Like placing an ice pack on a wound to reduce swelling, applying something cold, like ice cubes, to the face can help to de-puff. Simply massage your face with the ice cube for a few minutes, being sure to spend extra time on your under-eyes. If you want to get fancy, chill your gua sha or roller overnight in the fridge to get the added benefits of a cool massage. Our Gua Sha is from Sephora ($42).
Last but not least, concealer! This is our saving grace when we’re tight for time and need to look more presentable. We like to use a shade lighter on our under-eye area because it helps to downplay the puffiness in a natural way while brightening our appearance. We usually skip foundation and use a little of our concealer on the high points of our face to make our skin look blended and awake without the added weight of too much make-up. Our favourite concealer lately has been Too Faced's Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Concealer! (Sephora, $39)