There is no question, we are all facing a great deal of additional stress right now. Often that leads to poor food choices, poor hydration, and poor sleep. One of the most easily visible side effects of not caring for ourselves is a puffy face and dark under eye circles. Getting back to our good habits can take some time, some intention and some mindfulness. While taking care of the underlying causes will give you the most benefit, here are some tips on getting some quick relief in the meantime.

Drink Water

Try drinking the recommended amount of eight to 10 glasses of water a day to keep you, and your face hydrated. When your body is not trying to hoard water, it allows the edema (puffiness) to disappear, and is better able to flush out toxins.

Sip on Some Green Tea

Green tea is packed with antioxidants and is a natural detoxifier for your skin and body. Sipping a warm cup in the morning and the afternoon can do wonders for your skin. You can also use green tea as a topical remedy by steeping the bags in boiling water, allowing them to cool for a few minutes in the refrigerator (or freezer) and applying them to areas of puffiness such as the cheeks for about 20 minutes.

Give Your Face a Massage

Sometimes your face could use a helping hand to get the blood flow going and relieve the puffiness. Using a moisturizer or light oil, lightly massage your face with your fingertips in a gently circular motion.  Start at your forehead and slowly work your way down under your eyes, then to your cheeks, jaw and neck. Repeat several times.

Other methods can include using a cool face mask or a washcloth dipped in cold water and wrapped around an ice cube to compress your face and eye area, or laying cool cucumber slices on your eyes.

Whether you need some serious self care or just want to ramp up your skin care, we are here to help. Call today, or schedule your next treatment online