Our tips to reduce facial puffiness after a night of overindulgence: the Irish Independent's Chr

After a night of overindulgence, it is very common to wake with a puffy, swollen face, says Dr Caitriona Ryan, a Consultant Dermatologist in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.

"Dehydration due to alcohol leads to retention of fluid in the skin. Although it seems counter-intuitive, the most important way to reduce fluid retention in the face is to drink as much water as possible throughout the day. Avoid diuretics such as coffee and tea which cause further dehydration and exacerbate the problem. Ingestion of salty foods (the type we typically crave when hungover) will increase water retention and puffiness. If possible, work out - this will improve circulation, while sweating will reduce the salt load in the body to help reduce swelling. Cold compresses (ice cubes in a wash-cloth) help to reduce puffiness. Gently massaging the skin for 5-10 minutes can help to encourage lymphatic drainage. Moisturisers containing caffeine increase the circulation within the skin to help reduce excess swelling. Get some 'beauty sleep' - studies show that we appear more attractive when well rested! Elevating your head when sleeping by using two pillows will also improve drainage of fluid from facial skin, particularly from around the eyes."

Read the full Irish Independent's Christmas Survival Guide here

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