Waking up to a puffy face can happen to anyone — and it can throw a wrench in your early-morning confidence. Today, we’re explaining some of the most common reasons for morning puffiness and giving you five easy ways to combat it.
What Causes a Puffy Face?
You aren’t planning a trip anytime soon, but when you wake up, the bags are already packed under your eyes. Your cheeks may also show signs of puffiness, making you look tired and bloated. There are a few reasons why this may be happening.
You’re already going to experience some facial swelling simply by sleeping. When you lay down, the fluid in your body is more evenly distributed than when you are standing. That means there will naturally be more fluid collecting in your face.
If you sleep on your stomach, your face will automatically be puffier in the morning because fluid is pooling in the soft tissue under your eyes, around your cheeks, and your jawline.
Sleeping in Makeup
When you’re tired, the thought of removing your makeup may sound like a chore. However, sleeping in makeup could lead to contact dermatitis, which could cause your face to swell or even blister.
If you don’t want to devote ten minutes to your typical nighttime skincare routine, try NuFACE® Prep & Glow® Exfoliating & Hydrating Facial Wipes. These powerful little wipes clean away dirt, makeup, and impurities on one side and provide mild exfoliation on the other in about one minute flat.
What you eat can play a role in how much water you retain, especially if you’re eating it within a few hours of bedtime. Salty snacks automatically drive us to drink more fluid, but studies show that the excess fluid we consume isn’t eliminated through urine. That means it’s being stored in our bodies overnight, in places like the face.
A nightcap may help you drift off to sleep peacefully, but it can also cause you to wake up puffy. Alcohol dehydrates the body, which will make the body naturally retain water. If you’re going to drink a nightcap, chase it with a large glass of water to ensure you don’t become dehydrated.
You can also opt to try an herbal tea at bedtime. Caffeine-free options can be soothing and calming on your nerves and also help promote a good night of sleep without the use of alcohol.
Sinus issues, infections, and even dental conditions can lead to swelling in the face that you might notice in the morning. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to deal with this puffiness without seeing your doctor — they can help guide you through a treatment plan to get you back in the same.
5 Ways To Depuff Your Face
Ditch the puffiness with these five easy tricks that you can add to your morning skincare routine.
Start your day with water before you eat breakfast or drink coffee. About 20 ounces of water is a good place to start. This helps hydrate your body after a night of not drinking any fluids and can help make sure your body doesn’t retain water unnecessarily.
2. Wash With Cold Water
Splashing your face with cold water will constrict the blood vessels and help reduce swelling in your skin. It will also help soothe irritation and reduce redness.
3. Use Ice
An elevated version of a cold splash is the ice cube massage. Try gliding an ice cube over particularly puffy parts of your face, like under your eyes. If that’s too much, you can also try freezing a spoon or a face mask and applying that to areas of your face that need puff reduction.
4. Switch Up Your Snacks
Before bed, swap out your salty snacks with lower sodium options. This will help you avoid storing excess water overnight, which could end up hanging out in your face.
5. Try a Gua Sha Massage
Gua sha is an ancient Chinese practice that promotes lymphatic drainage and helps with facial puffiness. You can use a gua sha stone to gently massage the skin to help support blood circulation and drain fluid away from the face.
While all these methods can help reduce the puffiness you experience, you can also take steps to level up your depuffing game, adding shape and contour to your skin and even minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Level Up Your Depuffing Game With NuFACE
Nothing feels better than a solid level-up, and using microcurrent is one way you can significantly level up your skincare in a non-invasive way that provides serious results.
Microcurrent uses low-level electrical currents that mimic the body’s natural current to stimulate the skin down to the MUSCLE. Microcurrent may help to minimize the appearance of puffy skin by:
- Increasing circulation
- Retraining the facial muscles
- Minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles
- Sculpting, contouring, and lifting the skin
Microcurrent is safe, painless, and takes about five minutes per day to see results that become cumulative over time.
You can get started with microcurrent therapy by grabbing the NuFACE MINI+ Starter Kit - Smart Petite Facial Toning Kit:
NuFACE MINI+ Facial Toning Device: A pint-sized microcurrent device that allows you to TLC (tone, lift, and contour) anywhere.
Aqua Gel Activator: A seriously hydrating activator gel that keeps your skin hydrated for 24 hours while conducting microcurrent down to the MUSCLES
Silk Crème Activator. A firming and brightening activator that conducts microcurrent to the MUSCLES while helping to restore a naturally radiant, even skin tone.
Clean Sweep Applicator Brush: The best way to get an even, clean, mess-free application of your favorite activator gel each and every time you use your microcurrent device.
With the NuFACE MINI+, you’re increasing circulation which can lead to tackling puffy skin as well as retraining facial muscles, firming, toning, and tightening the skin at the same time. It’s an at home facial treatment without the cost or time investment.
Puff Be Gone
Puffy skin can be hard to deal with, but you’ve got serious solutions. You can use holistic, non-invasive methods to eliminate facial puffiness when you wake up, and you can even take it a step further and treat fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin while you’re at it.
NuFACE makes it easy for you to take care of your skin at any age and find beauty in the current.
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