How to De-Puff Your Face in 2 Minutes

Dr. Janet Zand

July 5, 2024

You know how some mornings you wake up, look in the mirror, and whoa! Your face is so puffy!

Sometimes, you know what caused it. Maybe you ate too much salt the day before. Or you drank too much caffeine or alcohol, which are dehydrating. (Facial puffiness is essentially caused by water retention.)

Other times, the cause isn’t so clear. That’s because puffiness can also be caused by things like hormonal changes, stress, a lack of sleep, allergies, and even the weather!

But whatever the cause, there’s good news: There’s an easy way to quickly de-puff your face in the morning, and it only takes a couple of minutes.

Here’s how to do it...

Enjoy a face massage

Start with a quick massage that stimulates lymphatic drainage. Stimulating lymphatic drainage will get all the excess fluid to move toward the lymph nodes, where it can be carried away.

To do this, use a face roller that you keep stored in the fridge. (Cold temps constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling). As for what kind of face roller to use, you don’t need to spend a lot of money unless you just really want to. Alternatively, you can just use a spoon.

Okay, so here’s what to do...

Start with clean skin. Give your face a splash with cold water -- ice-cold water is even better!

Then, apply your moisturizer and eye cream. Ideally you want to use an eye cream with active ingredients for reducing puffiness.

Next, get your roller (or spoon). You’re going to do one side of your face at a time.

• Start at the center of your chin, rolling out and up toward your ear. Do three strokes with light pressure.

• Now move the roller up to the side of your mouth and repeat, rolling out toward your ear three times again.

• Then start at the side of your nose and repeat the same motion.

• Roll it under your eye, moving it horizontally toward your temple, and repeat it on your eyelid.

• Move to your forehead, rolling it from your brow to your hairline.

• Now roll it horizontally out toward your temple.

Then you’ll repeat this massage on the other side of your face.

If you have more time and need more de-puffing, you can always add more cold therapy.

How? With an inexpensive gel-pack face mask. These masks are made specifically for the face, with openings for your eyes, nose, and mouth. (They’re also great for relieving sinus pain!) Put it in the freezer for 30 minutes, then put it on your face for 10-15 minutes.

Finally, make it your goal for the day to drink lots of water ... and to avoid salt, alcohol, and caffeine. That way, you’ll address the root cause of puffiness. And you’ll wake up to much better skin the next morning.

So try these tips out, and let me know how it goes!


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