If, like many of us, you indulged too much over the Chinese New Year holidays (all that bak kwa and pineapple tarts and family feasts), you might feel that you’re now looking a bit, shall we say, bloated?
There are various “symptoms” that can contribute to a puffy, jaded or hangdog appearance. An emerging double chin, saggy skin around the jawline, overly-rounded cheeks, or even just facial skin that looks like it lacks suppleness.
Luckily, there are ways to depuff and tighten skin for a more sculpted – and hence youthful-looking – face. Facial massages are said to help, or you could try one of these skincare products.
Depuffing And Firming Skincare
Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift, $122
This serum is a cocktail of various plant actives that all work to sculpt, slim and depuff facial features. Organic Agropyron (a type of wheat grass), guarana and oat sugars to help lift skin, while ginger extract and horse chestnut to tackles water retention.
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Laneige Time Freeze Firming Sleeping Mask, $56
Promises to tighten facial contours overnight for fresher, more supple skin the next morning. Dry skin will love its thick, creamy texture, and it also addresses other problems related to sagging such as enlarged pores, fine lines and crepiness.
Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream, $153
Think of this as really supportive lingerie for skin. Using black tea complex, goji fruit extract and a firming peptide, it helps to tighten and strengthen loose skin as well as improve elasticity so facial features look firmer and younger.
Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting And Firming Cream, $165
Reportedly delivers a visible “lift” to features in just one week by boosting skin’s ability to regenerate and fight the signs of ageing. It addresses other skin woes too, such as wrinkles, dark spots and dullness.
Clinique Fresh Pressed Repair Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Age Transformer Resculpt, $120
Using naturally derived soybean seed extract, this is said to deliver an instant tightening effect to resculpt your facial profile. Sweet almond extract works like a stocking over skin, forming a film that helps to blur out wrinkles.
Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment, $92
Like something out of science fiction, this mask goes on white but changes to a chrome colour when it’s ready to be peeled off. It has licorice and marshmallow (yup, that’s right) to improve skin firmness. Works well as a pre-makeup prep for photo-ready skin that’s tight and toned.