• Deanne Panday

One less problem without Facial puffiness

Do you ever look at pictures of yourself after a night out and notice that your face looks unusually puffy? Facial puffiness might be a problem when you have a special day ahead of you, especially during the festive season. Facial puffiness can either be a medical condition like hypertension or Allergies or a result of your lifestyle. When you're sure it's not something medical, and it only happens occasionally, it's most likely attributable to telltale lifestyle factors from not drinking enough water to imbibing too much alcohol, or the occasional lack of sleep.

Say goodbye to facial puffiness

For the sake of looking camera-ready the next day, it’s a good idea to avoid all the refined and processed carbohydrates, processed foods, and dairy products, because when it comes to having your sodium and not being bloated too, is nearly impossible. Your body needs to balance itself out, so it will end up holding onto water in certain places, which can include the face as well. Hormonal fluctuations can cause your face to swell up too. Plus, a bad night's of sleep or even stress, such as a bout of nighttime anxiety, can lead to morning inflammation. Once you figure out the likely offender, you can take steps to avoid it.

Here’s a few steps you can take to avoid facial puffiness -

Make changes in your diet

To reduce water retention, take a look at your overall diet. You may want to consider your intake of certain vitamins and minerals, or incorporating certain herbs when cooking, such as garlic, parsley, and fennel. At night, snack on fruits and vegetables instead of junk, replace your ice-cream portions with yogurt and go for fermented foods and beverages. Stick to whole grain foods than processed foods.

Stay hydrated

Just staying hydrated throughout the day and night can help to reduce water retention, stomach bloating, and the chance of facial puffiness as well. Try carrying a 16-32 ounce bottle of water along with you and keep refilling it.

Don’t miss out on sleep

Not getting enough sleep affects your skin adversely. Beauty sleep is not a myth at all! Sleep allows your nervous tissues to get rid of excess fluids from your body and thus prevents water retention. How you sleep matters equally as How much, including the pillow height and posture.

Careful with your alcohol intake

Alcohol causes inflammation throughout the body and face. Alcohol-induced swelling can enlarge pores, cause discolouration, cause sagging, fine lines and lack of elasticity due to the sugar glycation from alcohol.

It also acts as a vasodilator; i.e it triggers dilation of your blood vessels. Thus, it is one of the major factors causing your face to be puffy.

Quick hacks

Jade rollers are quite effective in fixing puffiness. Jade rolling boosts circulation and assists with lymphatic drainage, helping your skin look brighter and more energised. Incorporating some facial exercises into your beauty routine may also help strengthen the muscles under your skin, helping your face to look leaner and toned rather than puffy. Cold water also helps relieving the swelling.

These changes in your lifestyle will help reducing the puffiness in your face. Although it is vital to pay attention to the symptoms. If they are more crucial and serious, then consult a doctor.

Make Your Health a priority this year,

Wish you all a Very Happy New Year!

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