How to Get Rid of a Puffy Face

How to Get Rid of a Puffy Face | by The Luxi Look

Helloooo Monday! The weekend is over and it’s the start of a new week. If you’re anything like me, the morning after a sushi or ramen dinner, too many carbs, alcohol, or not enough sleep, you wake up looking…puffy. This is especially the case after an indulgent day or weekend. My face is notorious for retaining water and it doesn’t take much for it to swell up, especially in the morning. My eyes, around my nose, even my lips get extremely inflamed. It’s pretty embarrassing, to be honest. All too often, I’m thinking about how to get rid of a puffy face on a Monday.

Since the whole puffy face look isn’t my thing – and I’m not sure it’s anyone’s – I’ve tried a million different things to solve the problem. Some work better than others, but in general, these are the best tips to de-puff my skin. A few of these exercises can be done daily, or they can be perfect for the puffy face mornings once the damage is done.

Here’s how to get rid of a puffy face (for real)

Hydrate like cray. Hydration seems to be the answer for most skin issues, and a puffy face is no different. A puffy face is a sign of inflammation and fluid retention, aka you’re not detoxing properly or keeping things moving. If I know I’m going to be drinking or eating a dinner full of sodium or carbs, I’m diligent about drinking water that day – a ton of it. This will help your skin overall and will flush out the sodium.

How to Get Rid of a Puffy Face | by The Luxi Look

Use a jade roller. A jade roller is one of the best tools when it comes to depuffing skin, specifically faces. Jade rolling comes from 7th century Chinese culture. Today, spas everywhere use the technique. Jade rolling helps cells turnover, so it’s smart to jade roll daily, but it can be used in a pinch if you’re puffy, too. Simply apply lotion – or oil, whatever – then roll. Here’s an easy tutorial on the exact technique.

How to Get Rid of a Puffy Face | by The Luxi Look

Ice, ice, baby. Kate Moss would famously dunk her head in an ice-filled sink before photo shoots, and the girl was on to something. Just like you’d use ice on a swollen injury, you can use it on your face to help with swelling. If you’re not into sinks full of ice, an ice roller is ahhhmazing. I leave it over my eyes for about 20 seconds each, then roll towards two areas specifically helpful for lymphatic drainage: your ears and collar bone.

How to Get Rid of a Puffy Face | by The Luxi Look

Rely on a mask. If it’s just your eyes that are puffy, or at least the worst, throw on some chilled eye masks. I actually keep these guys in my fridge. Putting them on feels stellar and the coldness helps wake that sensitive skin up. If you’re not a morning person these are GREAT for waking up.

Massage. Another ritual borrowed from Asian cultures, you can give yourself a detoxifying face massage to promote drainage. Here’s how!

How to Get Rid of a Puffy Face | by The Luxi Look

Stay away from certain foods. Pretty obvious, but if you know you have a big event or want to look your best, limit certain things the days leading up. Sodium, excess carbs, and booze tend to puff us up, so focus on water-dense foods like cucumbers, and other lean proteins. Again, water is your BFF!

Fix allergies. Believe it or not, allergies play a huge roll in puffy faces – or can. In the springtime, take an OTC allergy pill if all else fails. I like to use essential oils to purify the allergens in my home as a more natural solution. An air purifier machine helps too!

PLEASE let me know your tips for getting rid of a puffy face! I’m dying to hear.

Want more anti – inflammatory beauty tips? Check out this at home spa day & these clean beauty products.

xx, Amy

5 Discussion to this post

  1. Miki says:

    Great post! I have a jade roller, but don’t have an ice roller. I do sometimes apply ice cubes to my face. I put them into a clear bag and dab. lol The roller would be much more effective! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Elizabeth says:

    My face is the part that bloats up the easiest too, and I know exactly what you mean about having a puffy face after a weekend of indulgence 🙁 Haha I’ve heard so much great things about jade rollers, but I’ve yet to try it because I’m scared it may be a little harsh for the my sensitive skin. How often do you use it? And thanks for sharing all of these great tips/tools, love! 🙂 <3 Super helpful!

    XO, Elizabeth

    • Amy Zhang says:

      Not as often as I should!! Usually just a couple times a week after a couple drinks or salty meal LOL but I should really do it every day! It only takes a couple seconds! xx

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  4. EyeSoothe says:

    Really great eye roller. I was looking for the same. I have puffy eyes. I want to try ece roller for my puffy eyes. Thanks for sharing.

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