This can be quite distressing if you notice your face or skin looks slightly puffy. Although it may not be related to a severe medical issue, it can hurt your self-esteem and make you feel uncomfortable.
Fortunately, some home remedies can help reduce the puffiness and make your face and body look normal again.
Apply a cold compress to the affected area. The simplest way to do this is by using a cold, damp (and clean) cloth and gently pressing it against your skin.
This can work exceptionally well for puffiness around your eyes. Be sure to stay upright, as lying down may worsen the puffiness.
Drink More Water
When you are dehydrated, the cells in your body respond by holding onto whatever water they’ve got, increasing puffiness.
Drinking more water throughout the day will help keep the fluids in your cell tissues moving and reduce the amount of water retention and puffiness.
Eat Less Salt
Salt can also lead to increased water retention, blood pressure, and puffiness. It’s estimated that a single gram of table salt can cause your body to hold onto an extra 4 cups of water, which may affect your appearance.
Make an effort to reduce your sodium intake and eat more naturally low-salt foods.
Massaging the affected area can also help to reduce inflammation and puffiness. This helps to stimulate blood flow and move any fluid that has accumulated.
A good massage can also reduce stress levels and blood pressure, which can further help reduce a puffy appearance.
When you sit still for too long, the fluids in your body tend to settle and accumulate, leading to swelling and puffiness, especially in your legs and feet.
Anytime you’ve been sitting for a while, take a few minutes to walk around and get your blood flowing.
Get a New Pillow
Your pillow may not be providing you with the support you need. This can diminish your sleep quality, and it can also put a strain on your neck and shoulders, which can then lead to puffiness.
When you are lying down, your head should be comfortably elevated to be at a higher level than your heart. Add an extra pillow if you need to prop yourself up more.
Puffiness, especially around your eyes, can also be an allergy symptom.
Talk to your doctor if you think your puffiness may be due to allergies. They will likely recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to help relieve your symptoms.