7 Nighttime Rituals For Looking Less Puffy & Red In The Morning

It's a sad fact of life that most of us don't greet the day with the I-woke-up-like-this glow of Beyonce. Instead of dewy skin and shining eyes, we look bloated and unrecognizable. It can leave a girl wondering what she can do to wake up looking less puffy.

Of course puffiness is not the end of the world, and we all know that Beyonce probably (hopefully?) has a bunch of makeup on. But is it so much to ask to look refreshed in the morning? I'll be the first to admit it's such a bummer to see tired eyes and dull skin in the bathroom mirror, especially when it doesn't match how energized I feel.

So let's start by figuring out what causes puffiness in the first place. According to Ann Wolters on Livestrong.com, "A puffy, swollen face occurs when fluids have built up in the facial tissues." These excess fluids can be caused by all sorts of problems, but mainly they come lurking around after bed due to fluids gathering in the face while you lie down. The water rendition can also be due to dehydration, a diet with too much sodium, and can even be made worse by PMS, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Puffiness doesn't happen to everyone, and some people don't even notice. But if it's bothering you, then try these simple tricks at night to ensure a puff-free morning.

1. Drink Water Before Bed

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It may seem counterintuitive, but you have to drink liquids in order to flush out water retention, which is a major cause of puffiness. According to Tammy Dray on Livestrong.com, "Dehydration causes blood vessels to enlarge, leading to water retention in certain parts of the body, especially the face, ankles and stomach. If drinking a glass of water before bed doesn’t interrupt your sleep, make it a habit." In fact, make sure you drink enough water throughout the day so you're not playing catch up at night, because then you'll definitely have to get up at 2 a.m. to pee.

2. Skip Your Nightly Wine Guzzling Fest

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I know, it may not sound worth the trade off. But if you're puffy skin is really bothering you, then you may want to consider (gasp) giving up the sauce. According to In Style, "We all know alcohol is dehydrating, but it can also cause blood vessels to dilate, which leads to flushing and puffiness." However, if you absolutely must sip wine with dinner, or go to happy hour with friends, then be sure to drink at least one glass of water for every drink you have.

3. Don't Bring Popcorn To Bed

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I love to hunker down in bed with scores of chips and popcorn, and have myself an evening. (Who doesn't?) Unfortunately, if you take in this incredible amount of salt, you can expect nothing less than the puffiest of puffy faces in the morning. As Dray notes, "Salt retains water, which in turn causes puffiness." What a bummer.

4. Sleep Elevated On A Pillow

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You don't have to sleep on a giant wedge, but you will want to prop your head up on a pillow or two at night. According to Lauren Conrad, on her site LaurenConrad.com, "If you constantly wake up with puffy, swollen eyes, try this simple switch: Add an extra pillow and sleep on your back. This will allow the fluids around your eyes to drain easier and keep the puffiness to a minimum." Sounds worth it to me.

5. Use A Caffeinated Eye Cream

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Eye cream is where it's at. A small dab can help smooth out wrinkles, cover up dark circles, and apparently even de-puff those under eye bags. As Conrad noted, "Look for creams that list caffeine as one of the ingredients — it will help keep fluids moving."

6. Get Rid Of Allergens

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If you're lying unconscious all night in a pile of allergens, then it's really no wonder why you're waking up looking puffy. It could be due to a strong laundry detergent smell on your sheets, hair from your pet, or regular old seasonal allergies that you may not have considered. Try an elimination tactic to see which is the cause, suggests Gary Wickman on Healthguidance.org. Switch detergents, kick out your cat, and sleep with the windows closed to prevent allergens from wafting in at night.

7. Wash Off Your Makeup

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It's so hard to remember to wash your face at night. I like to fall into bed with a full face of makeup, because when I'm tired the idea of splashing water on my face sounds too awful for words. And yet, again, if you want to de-puff, you're going to have to make some changes. As John Socratous notes on Enformy.com, "... never sleep with eye makeup on and use a gentle make-up remover to clean up. This avoids specks of eyeshadow or mascara from entering the eyes and causing an allergic reaction."

It's no fun waking up in the morning feeling refreshed, only to be met with a puffy reflection in the mirror. If this bothers you, then make a few small changes to your sleeping and eating habits, and you'll soon be posting morning selfies with the best of them.

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