One unwelcome side effect of summer travel is extra baggage, and not just the kind you have to check.
â€śPuffiness is the No. 1 complaint I get during the summer,â€ť said Melanie Simon, a celebrity facialist and the founder of ZIIP Beauty. â€śPuffiness from planes is 100% going to happen.â€ť
Add in seasonal allergies and free-flowing rosĂ© and you have a recipe for bloat city. Good thing Simon has pro tips at prices high and low.
For the most aggressive fix, Simon suggests investing in a device that delivers tiny electrical currents that speed circulation and, she said, can help flush out lymph nodes. The trick is in how to use it.
â€śIf you have puffy eyes, you canâ€™t just work on the eyes,â€ť Simon said. â€śYou have to start working on everything below it so the fluid will actually drain out of your face.â€ť Begin at the base of your neck and move horizontally outward with each stroke, working your way up your face. â€śYouâ€™re pulling it to the outside edges where the majority of your big lymph nodes are,â€ť she said. (Her own ZIIP nanocurrent device sells for $495.)
Not ready to commit to a device? You can replicate the same movements with a face massager, Simon said. Her favorite is the Joanna Czech Facial Massager, $189, but she has found vibrating face rollers on Amazon for much less. â€śYou kind of canâ€™t go wrong,â€ť she said.
Follow the same steps as with an electrical device but finish each stroke with a gentle press, to massage the lymph nodes at the outer edges of your neck and face. â€śWhile youâ€™re rolling, you want something on your face thatâ€™s slick,â€ť she said. â€śYou donâ€™t want to pull on your skin.â€ť Try the recently introduced Prima Night Magic oil with CBD, $88, from Christopher Gavigan, a founder of Honest Beauty.
If youâ€™re saving your dollars for a vacation, feel free to use your fingers, Simon said. Youâ€™ll still want to use an oil or other moisturizer, though. Indie Lee Squalane Face Oil, $34, is simple but effective.
For a quick under-eye fix, she recommends lightweight gel moisturizers that contain caffeine or a calming agent. See Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift, $69; the new Codex Eye Gel Cream with cucumber extract, $65; and Milk Makeup Cooling Water Eye Patches with caffeine, $22.
â€śGet some gauze and soak it in an ice bath of one part white vinegar and two parts purified water,â€ť Simon said. â€śSqueeze out the excess before putting it on the skin. Repeat several times for your own kind of sheet mask.â€ť