5 easy ways to deflate your face
On a plane, the morning after the night before, on a sweltering hot summer day, or shortly after consuming a salty treat…all scenarios commonly associated with the dreaded puffy face. One of the common culprits behind puffiness (as opposed to facial swelling, which can be a sign of more serious issues), is dehydration and subsequently fluid retention, which is why an evening of booze can affect how your face looks the next morning.
“Puffiness is caused by a number of factors,” acknowledges facialist Katharine Mackenzie Paterson. “As well as salt and alcohol, these also include a sluggish lymphatic system, lack of sleep and congestion – especially during the summer months when allergies are at the forefront.” Skin expert Jasmina Vico recommends first establishing the cause of puffiness to prevent it from happening again. “Are processed foods, alcohol consumption, stress, allergies, or mold and damp affecting your environment?”
How to rectify the situation? Read on for five tips on how to deflate your face now.
1. Use massage
Along with being ultra-relaxing, using quick massage strokes on your face can help promote lymphatic flow and flush out puffiness from the face, says Mackenzie Paterson. Calling in a professional is always the dreamiest route, but it’s also quite easy to do at home. “Concentrate on sweeping some of the facial lymph nodes in front and behind the ear, and around the jawline and down the neck to the collarbone,” she advises. “I love doing this with a face massage oil to make it a more pleasurable experience – Decléor’s Lavender Iris Aromessence smells wonderful and helps firm the skin.”
2. Sleep on your back
Water retention during the night is normal, but if you usually wake up with a very swollen face, you may want to reconsider your sleeping position. Avoid sleeping on your stomach and “invest in a good pillow, keeping your head slightly elevated to allow fluid to drain more easily at night,” recommends Vico. “To promote good sleep – also important for deflating – your bedroom temperature should be around 18°C.”
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3. Try gua sha
From Phoebe Dynevor to Alicia Keys, a number of celebrities prioritize spending quality time with their gua sha. “Gua sha helps deflate the face by working on both the Chinese meridian points and the lymphatic drainage system to stimulate blood circulation, improve oxygen levels in the skin and regulate our internal balance, while eliminating toxins and stagnation,” says Ada Ooi, founder of 001 Skincare. . “It also helps loosen fascia and muscle tension, releasing blocked fluids in specific parts of the face – in turn, the face is less swollen and feels much lighter.” The 001 Skincare MicroSculptor No.3 is brilliant for this – the shape hugs all curves and contours of the face, plus its Chinese medical bian stone, which can be used cold to refresh the skin.
Remember when Kate Moss ticked off the ice dip as her favorite beauty tip? “Fill a sink with ice cubes, cold water and cucumber slices and hold your face there for as long as you can,” she told the Sunday Telegraph. “It instantly reduces puffiness and firms your skin.” She was onto something. “I’ve been advising my clients to use ice water to wash their faces for years,” says Vico. “You can use frozen, peppermint, chamomile and/or green tea ice cubes to help.”
Cryotherapy is a great way to reduce puffiness and swelling because, Ooi explains, it “delivers a cold shock to the surface of the skin, which sends a regenerative flow of cool blood to the area. This fresh blood flow is rich in oxygen and nutrients, which stimulate the skin’s metabolism, while eliminating toxins and reducing water retention. The cold also contracts the muscles, creating a lifted and firm appearance.
These days a range of tools are available to make getting your cryotherapy fix easier, from cryo balls to ice masks – just put them in the fridge (or freezer, see instructions) and use them. whenever you need it. You can also hold chilled cooking spoons over areas that need them.
Stop puffiness in its tracks by maintaining your hydration level at all times. Drinking plenty of water is essential all year round, but it’s especially important in the summer when temperatures rise. “Hydrogen water gives the body more hydration and neutralizes free radicals,” suggests Vico. “Or you can put Celtic salt in the water to help your body absorb it better, for optimal hydration.”