When you wake up with a bad hair day you can always throw it into a ponytail or wear a hat, but it's a different situation when you wake up with a swollen face. Makeup just doesn't cut it. Facial swelling, or edema, has several causes. Water bloating, dental work and allergies can all lead to a swollen face. Luckily, there are actions you can take to reduce swelling and keep your face looking its best.
Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. When you don't get enough water, your body tends to store the little it does have, leading to bloating.
Avoid excess salt in your diet. Eating salt causes your body to store water, which can make your face to appear bloated.
Rinse your face with cool water and apply a cold compress. Cold compresses restrict the blood flow to your face, diminishing any swelling.
Apply egg whites to your face as a mask to reduce swelling. Wait until the whites are completely dry on your skin before washing them off.
Keep your face elevated while lying down. Use several pillows to keep your head raised higher than normal, keeping the blood from pooling in your face.
If you think your face is swollen because of an allergic reaction or other medical condition, see a doctor right away.