Here are some tips to combat puffy face:
1. What causes a puffy face?
“Some people wake up bloated for many different reasons,” says Margarita Lolis, MD, a dermatologist in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Some common reasons are dehydration, seasonal allergies and excessive consumption of salt or alcohol.
However, if the skin swelling resembles a discolored bump, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
A dangerous bacterial skin infection called cellulitis can cause redness and swelling, says Dr. Lolis.
2. How to reduce swelling quickly?
When you wake up and you notice that your face is swollen, the first thing you should do is rinse it off with cool or warm water and put on a cold compress, says Sejal Shah, M.D., a dermatologist in New York.
Drinking lots of water can also help, but exercise will lead to your recovery—the combination of sweating and replenishing water helps balance the salt and water in your body, explains Dr. Shah.
If puffy eyes are your main concern, apply wet tea bags; Caffeine can help to shrink blood vessels.
3. Don’t wake up bloated
It’s important to hydrate throughout the day, says Dr. Waldorf, especially if you are sensitive to salt. Avoid salt at all if you have an event or a special occasion.
Sleep with two pillows so that your face is slightly raised. And if it’s allergy season, make sure you take an antihistamine.
4. Use makeup to hide your puffy face
You can always opt for the help of makeup. David Scott recommends facial contouring to create the illusion of a thinner face.
David Scott’s pro tip: Use a concealer that isn’t too much lighter than your skin tone—generally the lighter color is good for glowing, but in this case it will have the opposite effect.
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