Beat The Bloat (Or, At Least, Look Like You Did) With These Depuffing Beauty Secrets

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
There is one rule we have for Thanksgiving dinner: Treat yo' self. But, sometimes all of that indulgence can show up on your face the next morning. Puffiness and bloating are things we all experience — after a particularly rough night involving margaritas or a seriously decadent meal. Fortunately, there are ways to camouflage these issues — or fix them completely.
Where to start? "It sounds contrary to [popular] belief, but hydrate," says Melanie Palm, MD, founding director of Art of Skin MD. "This will help detoxify your system from things such as sodium or alcohol that could have led to [the bloating]." Dr. Palm also advises to keep the heck away from sodium until the bloating goes down — that includes even a sprinkle of salt.
But, that doesn't mean you can't snack. "Diuretics in food or beverage sources include cranberry juice, apple-cider vinegar, citrus fruits (particularly lemon), blueberries, grapes, or cherries," says Dr. Palm. "Healthy, water-shedding veggies include asparagus, beets, and leafy greens, like lettuce and spinach." She notes that onion, garlic, ginger, leeks, and parsley are also clutch for putting that puff down. One of the best snacks you could have? "Pineapple on an empty stomach," she says. The fruit contains a protein extract called bromelain, which helps reduce swelling. And, if the idea of exercising doesn't make you want to puke, try going for a brisk walk. "It will improve circulation, removing swelling from tissues."
In addition to chowing down on depuffing foods, you should try some of the genius beauty tricks we've picked up. Click through for advice that will make it much easier to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast worry-free.
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"Try a compress of green tea," Dr. Palm says. "Cool-steep tea bags and place them on top of closed eyes." The tea acts as an anti-inflammatory — soothing skin — and the caffeine in it helps reduce undereye swelling. Win-win.

Teavana Gyokuro Imperial Green Tea, $19.98, available at Teavana.
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If a mask is more your speed, give Boscia's version a try. It contains willow herb, which reduces redness, and aloe vera, which hydrates. Plus, it's a peel-off, and those are always pretty entertaining to remove. Ah, the simple pleasures.

Boscia Cool Blue Calming Mask, $34, available at Sephora.
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Another way to get rid of bloat: facial massage. "Mild, but firm, sweeping pressure, using a light moisturizer and pads of the fingers, is best," Dr. Palm says. "Start from the middle of the face and work outward, and from the top of the head down."

You can also beat puffiness while you're sleeping. "Puffiness can be reduced by keeping the head upright and above heart level," says Dr. Palm. "Sleep with an extra pillow, on your back, and you'll enhance fluid uptake from puffy tissue."

Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage Royal Massage Milk, $180, available at Barneys New York.
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Orlane's Anti-Fatigue Masque acts to decongest, brighten, and energize skin, which will help it bounce back from puffiness.

Orlane Absolute Skin Recovery Anti-Fatigue Masque, $90, available at Orlane.
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Dr. Palm says the spoon-in-the-fridge trick is actually legit for bringing down undereye puffiness. "Hold it curved side down," she says. And, make sure the spoon is cool — not freezing.

Crate & Barrel Four-Piece Dinner Spoon Set, $9.95, available at Crate & Barrel.
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If you like your depuffing treatment to feel a bit more luxe, Klorane's patches have cornflower extract and chamomile, which soothe your skin and reduce dark circles.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches, $18, available at DermStore.
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The craziest tip that works? Use good ol' Preparation H — but only if you really need it. "The main ingredient is phenylephrine, [which] causes blood vessels to constrict," says Dr. Palm. "This can be used in an emergency." And, don't overdo it: Use a tiny bit at a time, she advises, and make sure to stay far away from your lashline, or you'll run the risk of getting it in your eyes. Ouch.

Preparation H Cream, $7.99, available at CVS.
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