Here’s How to “Depuff” Your Face at Home
I’m sure everyone reading this has, at least once, experienced a puffy face!
Facial swelling often happens in the morning as we wake up and try to put our best face forward - our skin is reddish and we don’t fully look like ourselves. What happens next? Usually, we just accept it as “oh, my face is puffy today,” but what if you could ‘depuff’ your face and get ahead of the swelling?
So before we go into how we can tackle this unflattering and annoying effect that seems to creep up out of nowhere, let’s talk about what causes it in the first place.
“Why is My Face Puffy?”
A puffy face is most often caused by water retention. This can be due to the following reasons:
- Not enough sleep
- Too much salt
- Pre Menstrual Syndrome
- Hot showers
- Underlying health conditions such as thyroid disease and rheumatoid arthritis (if this concerns you, be sure to call your doctor).
Some Immediate De-Puffing!
There are a couple of ways you can prevent and lessen the effects of puffiness (other than cutting out/cutting down on most of those causes), such as ensuring to drink plenty of water (2 liters if possible) throughout the day and getting up out of bed as soon as you wake up (as this urges fluid to drain from your face quicker and thereby ‘depuff’ you).
It is not pleasant if you have a presentation to deliver or a day-out ahead of you, only to discover upon waking that your face looks as though it has been blown up with a bicycle pump. So what are some other methods to get rid of the puffing fast?
Fortunately, these are some tried and tested methods and while they may not get rid of the puffing entirely, you can drastically reduce it. Plus, drinking plenty of water and working on the causes in the first place will help with preventing it entirely.
Every little bit helps!
5 Ways To Reduce Your Puffy Face
1. Face Roller
Also known as a Jade Roller but a Face Roller is anything which rolls on the face and usually has crystals attached (an added bonus!)
Jade, rose quartz and tourmaline are the most popular. They are tiny crystals that have been pierced into the roller and you spend 5-10 minutes rolling it onto your face. The puffiness should, at the very least, decrease.
The reason this is effective is that the coldness of the crystals helps to reduce puff (anything cold in general works to decrease puff; this is why cold spoons tend to be a popular method to de-puff the eyes). The massage of the roller likewise gets the drainage out of your face, so the two combined can produce a potent effect.
They can range anywhere between $5 and $70. Sometimes if you pop into a bargain store with a beauty section you might see a Jade Roller available for a lower cost. Otherwise, you can also get them online.
2. Tea Bags
The caffeine in tea has a positive effect on puffy eyes and face. It constricts the blood vessels which, in turn, reduces puff.
You simply take a couple of tea bags (preferably green tea ones which are high in antioxidants) place them in the fridge to cool down for about 15-20 minutes and then leave them on your eyes for a further 20 minutes.
This method can be time-consuming, so it’s best to do if you’re not in a rush.
However, this method can be very effective, plus you also get lots of nice antioxidants penetrating your skin.
3. Serum + Eye Massager
These are the man-made things and they probably won’t appeal to those who go all-natural! But there is no denying that they can be very effective. They were created with the specific intent to treat puffiness, so you can bet they are the best that we humans can produce.
A good serum can be very effective, but it can be even better when combined with an eye massager. If you are prone to dark circles and puffy eyes, a quick thirty-second treatment in the morning is all you need. This eye massager is on the pricier side, but it uses T-sonic technology which mimics finger-tapping that recreates professional beauty treatments. It also helps to tackle crow’s feet and fine lines.
Learn more about skincare serums here.
4. Face Yoga
Face yoga is terrific for maintaining the health, youth, and beauty of a face in general, but it is also great for depuffing. Massaging your face in this way and pulling certain facial expressions helps the face to stay active, which in turn drains fluid from the face due to puffing.
Check out this 60-second face yoga depuff video or try this guided facial yoga flow to get started.
5. Egg Whites
A natural remedy that can be very effective. Simply whisk the egg white and leave on the face for about 15 minutes. The egg whites are an astringent, so they can tighten the skin and can be especially helpful for under the eyes.
It’s a good method if you’ve got a lot of eggs to spare, but if you’re low on eggs then one egg should suffice! You don’t need a lot – a little goes a long way.
You may or may not be able to depuff your face entirely, but the methods above should help the natural face swelling decrease.
Remember, it’s a combination of things that help to get rid of that puffy face completely. A healthy lifestyle, ensuring to get adequate sleep and taking good care of your mental and physical well-being are paramount in tackling the puff, not to mention essential for your overall health in general. These methods can help to make the puff less noticeable, but prevention is always better than cure.
So ensure to drink plenty of water throughout the day; try healthy and helpful practices such as meditation and yoga; spend time among nature to relax your mind and spirit; and keep this article at hand whenever the dreaded puff emerges!
Want more skincare love? Read how to love your natural skin again next.