I woke up this morning with a puffy face, which I’m sure had everything to do with the gluten free grilled smoked gouda sandwich with broccoli rabe, pickled onions and (ahem) bacon I ate for lunch yesterday. Can you say salty? It was an unusual meal choice for me, but truly divine at the time. Oh, and it came with homemade potato chips. Sodium laden indeed.
Although I hydrated well and made a healthy dinner, I still woke up with a puffy bloated face (not to mention the rest of me).
I needed relief!
I turned straight to a refreshing (translation: painful) splash of cold water, a cup of detoxifying dandelion tea with lemon, and blueberries for their antioxidant properties. It did help, but I needed to bring out the big guns.
So, I turned to face yoga! Okay, one session of face yoga isn’t going to work miracles, but according to researchers from Northwest Medicine in Chicago “an experiment with regular facial exercises made women look three years younger after 20 weeks.”
And NBC news reported, “The muscle growth is enough to add more definition to the cheeks and counteract the drooping and sliding of the skin and fat tissue in the face, making it look younger.” Hence, puffy face be gone!
I did these 6 exercises by face yoga expert Danielle Collins, and I admit, my facial muscles did feel like they got a workout and were tighter.
According to Danielle, “the exercises increase blood circulation allowing more oxygen and more nourishment to reach the cells of the skin. The result is a clear, healthy complexion with a beautiful glow which has less toxins and has a better ability to absorb moisture.’
It also stimulates collagen and elastin production in the middle layer of the skin giving you a smoother, more supple, tighter-looking skin.” AND, she claims it will reduce “turkey neck.” I’m in!
It does take commitment and time, but heck, no needles, invasive procedure or cost. Why not give it a try?!
If you’re really serious about keeping that bloated face at bay, stay hydrated and avoid salty foods like my grilled cheese lunch, sushi (yes, sushi often has soy or refined carbs), ramen, processed meats (like the bacon I ate), dairy alcohol and condiments. Get some sleep, add movement to get the lymphatic system going and you’ll be golden. And un-puffy.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™
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