How to Stave Off Age-Related Puffiness

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Wrinkles may be the aging symptom that gets the most attention in the dermatologic community, but it’s far from the only one many of us would like to get rid of. While it’s true for many of us that getting older can add lines to our skin, puffiness is another common — but less addressed — sign that the years are catching up to us. While it’s easy enough to find a wrinkle cream at virtually any drugstore in New York City, if you’re looking for products that promise to de-puff your face, they’re few and far between. So what can an image-conscious Manhattanite do? Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments that can reduce puffiness in your face, neck, and even the delicate eye area, while reducing wrinkles and keeping your skin as smooth and supple as when you were young.

Addressing facial puffiness starts with two crucial steps: getting your diet in order and making sure you’re addressing the root cause of the puffiness plaguing your skin. While the thought of dieting for better skin may be a hard pill to swallow, reducing your face’s puffy appearance is a less painful process than you might think. While it may seem counterintuitive, making sure you’re drinking enough water is the first step toward a less puffy face. When you’re dehydrated, your body retains excess water, often causing bloating and puffiness in your face and extremities. Enjoying at least eight glasses of water a day (more if you’re active) can help you deputy and see the cheekbones and jawline that were being hidden by your water retention. Equally important is cutting down on dietary salt, which can be a major contributor to water retention in your skin. Last, but not least, reducing your alcohol intake can help keep puffiness at bay while improving the overall condition of your skin and reducing breakouts, dark circles, and fending off fine lines and wrinkles.

When it comes to relieving puffiness from the outside in, soothing your skin is key. Treatments like the Dorothy Mask, available at Flawless Skin Solutions in Manhattan, can help decrease inflammation with powerful botanical ingredients like olive, rose water, and gingko biloba. Unlike harsh puff-fighting treatments, like cold packs, that can actually make skin irrational worse, this relaxing, 15-minute sheet mask is gentle enough to use even on the most sensitive skin. If you’re eager to enjoy a spa treatment with similar results, the Oxygen Facial nourishes your skin wth pure oxygen, reducing inflammation, redness, puffiness, and leaving your skin smoother than you’ve ever felt it before.

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you need to wake up to a puffy face every morning. A few small changes to your routine will have you looking like a more relaxed, more beautiful version of your old self in no time.


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