Facial Swelling: 101

Facial swelling (AKA puffiness) can occur due to various reasons, including inflammation, fatigue, allergies, or simple fluid retention. No matter the reason, it’s never fun!

 

To help reduce facial swelling and its unwanted effects, here are some tips and tricks that may help alleviate the issue in a jiffy:

 

COOLNESS

 

Applying a cool compress or ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth to the swollen areas can help reduce inflammation and provide temporary relief. We love the Skinny Confidential Hot Mess Ice Roller for this, especially in the morning before starting the day. Remember to avoid direct contact of ice with the skin to prevent ice burn.

 

Cooling masks are also a great option:

    

IS CLINICAL HYDRA INTENSIVE COOLING MASQUE

 

BIOPHORA MULTIVITAMIN FREEZE MASK

 

FACIAL MASSAGE

 

A gentle facial massage using upward strokes can help stimulate lymphatic drainage, which directly aids in reducing fluid retention and swelling. We recommend using a facial oil or moisturizer to allow your tools or your fingers to glide smoothly over the skin and massage properly into the facial muscles. 

 

Curious about how to perform your own facial massage at home? Check out our recent blog right here! 

  

MOUNT LAI THE SELFCARE MINIS SKINCARE SAMPLER SET

 

MOUNT LAI THE STAINLESS STEEL GUA SHA FACIAL LIFTING TOOL

 

SOOTHE

 

When experiencing puffiness, it’s best to reach for skincare products that contain soothing ingredients known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Think aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber, or green tea extract–all ingredients can help calm the skin and reduce redness and swelling.

 

HYDRATE

 

Dehydration is often a root cause of facial swelling due to its effect on fluid balance in the body. When dehydrated, the body tries to retain water to maintain proper hydration levels. As a result, fluid can accumulate in various parts of the body, including the face.

 

Therefore, we recommend drinking a big glass of water upon waking up and drinking plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. It’s also recommended to steer clear of irritants or dehydrating drinks such as caffeine and alcohol. 

 

Last but not least…REST

 

Getting adequate sleep is essential to helping the body restore fluid distribution and regenerate healthy cells. It’s normal to feel swollen after a short night or too many cocktails–but make sure to make up for it by drinking enough H2O and getting some adequate rest the next days. 

 

Remember, skincare alone may not be sufficient to address all types of facial swelling. Identifying and addressing the root cause through proper medical attention is crucial if the problem persists!

 

Until next time,

 

The BSE Team

 

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