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6 Real World Fixes for Holiday Bloat


‘Tis the season of articles instructing women on how not to end  up  chubby and miserable during the holidays. “Don’t drink too much,”  “Don’t eat  too many snacks,” “Get plenty of sleep,” they recommend  cheerfully.

But isn’t constant snacking on bad-for-you delights, imbibing eggnog and hot toddies and way too much champagne,  and staying up late on weeknights to do it all sort of the entire point  of the holiday season?

It’s true that all that partying can take its toll not just on your   waistline, but also on your face—causing you to look bloated, tired, and  puffy  during a season when you’re likely to be photographed more often  than usual. So  what’s the solution? Eschewing the cheese-and-cracker  platter in favor of  low-calorie carrot sticks? Refusing a glass of wine  in favor of sipping  daintily on club soda? Passing up party invitations  where you’d get to wear  glittery heels? Frankly, that’s not how I want  to spend my Christmas season,  and I don’t think you do, either. I’m not  even going to suggest it.

It’s all about moderation and mitigation—there are realistic ways to  have a  fun, delicious, tipsy holiday season without regretting it when  you upload  those party pics.

Drink Plenty of Water This one’s a “duh.” You can drink  water and have a glass of  bubbly. Doesn’t have to be either-or. During  the day and in between  cocktails, make sure to drink plenty of fluids to avoid  water retention.  Water also helps your skin stay elastic and dewy, not  dried-out and tired.

Avoid the Very Saltiest Snacks Salt encourages bloat, but  instead of avoiding all salt, be  realistic and enjoy the treats you love, and  just avoid mindless  snacking. When Aunt Deb brings out her famous cheese log,  dig in with a  crostini. When you encounter a platter of melty stuffed potato  skins,  enjoy them with abandon. But think twice about noshing on pretzels or   chips if you’re really just bored. Ingest salt when it counts—for the  most  delicious, splurge-worthy treats. Don’t waste it on bagged pretzels  you can eat  any time of year. If you’re cooking, choose low-sodium  ingredients when you  can, and make sure to eat healthy any time you’re  not at a gathering or  event.

Use Topical Caffeine Caffeine is a diuretic—applied  externally, it temporarily firms skin  and flushes out extra fluid. Try this DIY  coffee body scrub in the morning after a particularly festive night.

Lay Off the Booze Here’s the no-fun news: Alcohol dilates  blood vessels. That doesn’t  just mean extra puffiness, it means redness and  inflammation, too  (especially around the nose area). Be mindful about how much  you’re  drinking, and be sure to guzzle a glass of water after a big night  out.

Sleep On an Extra Pillow If you usually sleep on one  pillow, use two. Elevating your head  even a small amount can discourage fluid  from pooling in the face  overnight.

Apply Home Remedies Cooled cucumber slices or green tea  bags placed over the eyes for  ten minutes or so really can help temporarily  calm inflammation and  reduce puffiness by constricting blood vessels. Try other home remedies or just put your regular beauty products in  the fridge to get a frosty boost.

By Allison Ford, DivineCaroline

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