Have you ever woken up in the morning with a puffy, swollen face despite having slept well and followed your usual skincare routine the previous night? Same. If this happens every once in a while, then you can totally ignore it and move on with your life. But if you find yourself waking up to a puffy face almost every other morning, here are four sneaky reasons to be blamed.

However, if the puffiness resembles swelling with discoloration and is painful and warm to touch, it’s recommended that you see a doctor ASAP. A potentially serious bacterial skin infection called cellulitis can cause redness and swelling and may require immediate treatment.

 

01. You sleep face down

01. You sleep face down

If you have the habit of sleeping face down, then that could be why your face feels puffy in the morning. The lymphatic fluid in your body flows downward and pools when you sleep, which results in puffy eye bags and a swollen appearance. To avoid this, either sleep on your back or use a pillow to create some alleviation.

 

02. One (or more) of your skincare products aren’t working for you

02. One (or more) of your skincare products aren’t working for you

If you have recently added a few new products with active ingredients such as AHAs, BHAs, retinol, etc. in your skincare routine then that could be causing the swelling. When these active acids and exfoliators get too close to the delicate skin around your mouth or eyes, it causes swelling. Instead of using such potent products all at once, start by using it just once a week and slowly increase application as your skin gets used to it.

 

03. You did not have a good night’s sleep

03. You did not have a good night’s sleep

If you did not get sound sleep, then your body didn’t really have a chance to repair, replenish and rejuvenate itself. This leads to your eyes and face looking really puffy and swollen the next morning. If getting quality sleep is a recurring problem, try to minimise screen time a few hours before bedtime, light a scented candle and have a nice warm shower. These little tricks can help you sleep better.

 

04. You have eaten salty snacks

04. You have eaten salty snacks

Puffiness can also be a result of a sodium-rich diet. Eating salty foods can retain water in your body. But you can help flush it away by drinking lots of water after you snack. Also, cut back on salty snacks before bedtime to avoid the chances of waking up with a puffy face in the morning.

 

05. You don’t take your makeup off before bed

05. You don’t take your makeup off before bed

Felt lazy AF to take off your makeup before hitting the sheets on more than one occasion? Well, that’s your reason right there. Sleeping with makeup on can leave your skin itchy, irritated and surprise, surprise —even swollen. Thus, don’t forget to take your makeup off with a before going to bed, no matter what. If you’re feeling too tired for a double cleanse, use a no-rinse formula like the Ponds Vitamin Micellar Water D - Toxx Charcoal to get rid of every last trace of makeup.