As I get older I have become so much more in tune with my body and how easily my actions (even the smallest things) will impact my appearance. For example, if I have dairy or gluten, my face (and stomach) is visibly more puffy the next day. Same thing goes for alcohol. Last Monday I was in a bad way at my early AM barre class. I’d eaten Chicken Tikka Masala for dinner (my favorite, but it always makes me feel awful the next day) and I got my period. Yuck. My face was super puffy, and I looked like I could possibly be a few months pregnant. Barre class helped, and I grabbed a big green juice afterward, but man – I felt disgusting. With summer coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about quick (healthy) ways to de-puff and wanted to share those here today. The easiest thing for me to do is to exercise regularly and avoid gluten and dairy (which I do, 90% of the time) but sometimes you need a quick fix. Here they are.
ONE // Take a detox bath. My absolute favorite soak is this seaweed soak. I’ll sit in my tub for 15-20 minutes (I can’t handle much longer) and sweat out all the toxins + bloat. I don’t think there’s any science behind it, but I swear by it — I always feel so much better and less puffy afterward. I put a lot in… I usually use about a third of the bottle. I also really love Mio‘s products. This soak, called “Liquid Yoga” is incredible, and they have an amazing firming body oil that sinks in immediately and smells incredible. On a budget, you can always also just add a big scoop of Dead Sea salts + a little bit of sweet almond oil to the tub for an equally detoxifying soak. (There’s something about the seaweed though… I swear by it if I’m really bloated.)
TWO // Probiotics are your friend. Ages and ages ago I saw a nutritionist and he got me taking two of these (along with two of these) every night before bed and I notice such a difference in both my digestion + how I look when I take them every night. It’s especially beneficial if you’ve had a big dinner. I also always pack them when I travel. I don’t know why but I get so bloated when I travel… there’s something about flying that does a number on my body.
THREE // Green juice, green juice, green juice. You can make your own (love this recipe, and there is a great recipe here – this one is designed specifically to flatten your stomach!) but my go-to in the city is Juice Press’s Mother Earth. It’s super strong and all greens with no fruit. Also, keep this list on hand… these foods all help to reduce bloating, yay!
FOUR // Do something light that will make you sweat. This is completely unfounded, but I have found that on days where I go for a really long run or take a Soul Cycle class, that night, I look puffy. It’s totally counterintuitive but it’s always the case. So if I need to look lean in a pinch I’ll usually do barre or yoga.
FIVE // Anti-inflammatories are also your friend. Last week when I had cramps + bloating, I made goop’s Ginger Turmeric Latte and it helped a lot (it’s also so delicious + soothing). Both fresh ginger and turmeric have amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
SIX // Start every morning with hot lemon water. There are so many benefits to doing this, but it definitely helps to flush out toxins and keep you looking your best. I pour warm water into a mason jar and juice half a lemon (using this handy little guy). It’s a nice little ritual to start the day with, but also helps with regulating your digestion + keeping you puff + bloat free!
SEVEN // Lay off the booze. A big part of my job is networking, which means loads of events + drinks dates with PR reps, editors, + fellow bloggers. I’ve started to look at alcohol as a “treat” and have been planning my nights out so that I am not drinking every night (which is a sort of sad + gross thing to think about, but can happen so easily living in New York… all of those events really add up, and that’s not even counting seeing friends and dating!) When it’s work related, I’ve started suggesting healthier alternatives to drinks… taking a barre class together, getting a manicure, or going for a really nice cup of tea. Makes such a difference.
EIGHT // Roloxin Lift. Another (completely short term) fix for a puffy face is Roloxin Lift. I’ve written about these little masks before (here!) but they are a game changer as they tighten and firm up your skin in ten to fifteen minutes. Be sure to apply under your chin /to the top of your neck as well. Bye bye, fat in the face. Like I said – it’s totally short term… but it’s great for special occasions (i.e. before a wedding when you had too much to drink at the rehearsal dinner… Not that I’ve ever done that before).