What Causes Bloating and How to Reduce it? Quickshop Waking up and looking at yourself in the mirror to see a more puffed up version of yourself is a frequent occurrence; we’ve all been there. How is it that the day before, you were looking trim and svelte with a defined jawline, whereas the next it seemed like everything swelled up overnight? It all boils down to this: bloating. Causes of bloating To make matters simple, bloating is brought on by an excess of fluid in your system. ‘Sushi face’ is a term that has since then been used to describe water retention and the subsequent bloating that is a result of eating high-sodium meals. Pizzas, ramen, and all of our favourite foods that contain refined carbs and sodium are to blame. Food is one thing, but another culprit is heavy alcohol intake, as alcohol is known to be dehydrating. As a consequence, the body holds on to more water to make up for its loss. A lack of sleep is also responsible for your face and body puffing up, as it will cause the hormones and immune system (specifically the chemicals that are in charge of reducing inflammation) to go haywire. Countering bloating Now that we’ve got the causes out of the way, here are some ideas on how to reduce bloating and get rid of water retention. Move more It goes without saying that another way to get your body back on track is to be more active. Getting more exercise is essential to keep bloating at bay and to maintain balance in general. You are what you eat Dietary wise, it’s good to consume more inflammation-fighting foods such as ginger, zucchini, and coconut, beets, turmeric and lemons. Adding a touch of these inflammation-fighting ingredients will take you a long way, and leave you less puffed up. Make up for it with makeup Contouring makeup has been a thriving scene in the beauty industry. A quick swipe with a contour and highlight will help to define the features of your face. Tip: follow the power of ‘3’: use and blend your contour product around the forehead to the hairline, down to your cheekbones and then finish along the jawline.Follow up with a bronzer and highlighter such as the Ever Bronze Compact Powder duo for a finishing touch that accentuates and illuminates all your best angles. Use targeted skincare products Products are created to target specific issues and alleviate certain concerns, especially when it comes to face and skin. Naturally, products like the V Shaping Facial Lift and V-Facial Intensive Wrap will be extremely beneficial when it comes to providing immediate results with long-lasting effects on countering bloat and water retention. These products work to eliminate puffiness and drain excess water and toxins almost immediately, so regaining your contours have never been easier. Tip: These products will work even better if applied with the Clarins Touch Method, a staple regime for skincare application recommended by our professionals. Here’s how to apply the V Shaping Facial Lift and V-Facial Intensive Wrap. Do a body check If you’re feeling the effects of bloat and water retention on your face, chances are, other areas of your body might be experiencing the same thing. For this, it’s good to have a Body Shaping Cream, which contains Lespedeza extracts to fight stubborn fat, caffeine for its slimming effect, Hibiscus flower extracts that act as an exfoliant, and Betaine from Beetroot to encourage hydration. For new mummies who are looking to tighten sagging skin after delivery, this cream would work wonders during that postnatal period — and get rid of any extra cellulite gained during pregnancy as well!