So you woke up tired and puffy, totally normal! I mean, you just had to over indulge in that sushi didn’t you. Now, you’re looking like the moon and you need your face shape back in order to go back into society. But fret no more, because depuffing that water weight can only take you about 15 minutes and if you don’t have that, then you can wait about 6 hours for your face to depuff naturally. So here are three ways to look like yourself again.
#1. Eye Patches
Probably the easiest thing to do to get rid of eye bags or swollen eyes is to pop on an eye mask. They take about 10 to 15 minutes and you can literally get ready while they are on your face. Albeit, you might just be keeping your head slightly upwards so they don’t slide off your face. But don’t get annoyed too easily because these babies really do the trick. I love the collagen eye patches from Etude House! I’ve been using them for almost three years now and they really help to hydrate and depuff the under eye area. You can also stick them in the fridge and apply them cold to really wake you up in the morning. If you don’t have any eye masks, you could put some ice blocks into a cloth and press that gently onto your eye area to get the same effect.
#2. Eye Massage
If you’re really puffy under the eye I would suggest you do a massage around this area so you can almost physically get rid of that water retention that’s causing a bit of swelling. Usually if you’ve been crying or suffer from seasonal allergies then doing a massage can reduce swelling and puffiness quite a bit (not that I cry all the time). The product I am currently using for this method is the Clarins Multi Active Yeux (whatever that means) because it has a metal applicator which just makes the process of applying eye cream longer. You think I’m joking but I’m not. You don’t want to be pulling your fragile skin with this applicator so gentle pressing motions all around the eye will decrease any swelling. Also, make sure to go above the eye, so the eye lid as well as the brow bone, to remove any water retention in that area. Alternatively, if your eye cream doesn’t have a metal applicator you could just put two spoons onto your eye area for a similar effect, or you know, just ice blocks.
#3. Lymphatic Drainage
It’s much easier than it sounds trust me. A lymphatic drainage massage allows you to accelerate blood flow by moving your hands (or knuckles) from the centre of your face towards the edge of it. So moving your finger from your chin towards the edge of your jaw or from the bridge of your nose towards the ears, thus allowing excess fluid to escape the facial area. You can do this either in your cleansing step by applying a balm or oily cleanser or post cleanse with a serum or an oil. Today I used the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil when doing my massage but any product that has a lot of slip to it will work just as well. Jade rollers and gua sas are well known for this method but I find moving two knuckles on each hand across my face works fine. Ice blocks I’m not sure will work this time, but hey, who knows.