youUnless you’re eager to give up salty fries, martinis, and late-summer nights out (most everything seems to be nice), waking up with a puffy face is inevitable. Excess salty foods, carbohydrates, alcohol, and sugar are often to blame for facial puffiness. The abundance of sodium and sugar causes excess water retention and therefore a puffy face. While an ice roller and some extra TLC in the morning can help, if you’re looking to add a bit of luxury to the process, for $38, no less, PillowtalkDerm The Depuffer ($38) has you covered.
The roll-on serum developed by derm is meant to combat all the side effects of waking up with puffy and tired skin. And after the test, I can confirm it. In fact plays.
The benefits of The Depuffer
What makes The Depuffer stand out from other serums is its packaging. It’s essentially a 2-in-1 facial roller that works to replenish and sculpt skin while delivering a dose of skin-loving ingredients.
When researching the ingredients in The Depuffer, I recognized niacinamide, known to improve breakouts, the skin barrier, and pore size. I also saw glycerin, an important humectant meant to lock in moisture in the skin, and gotu kola (found in Dr. Jart’s iconic Tigergrass Color Correcting Treatment) which helps soothe and improve redness over time. Although these inclusions add to the overall charm of the serum, the champions of the product’s anti-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory efforts can be traced back to arnica extract and ash bark.
Arnica or Arnica montana flower extract comes from the daisy, and its healing properties date back to the 16th century according to Dr. Idriss. arnica is so convincingly that it is known to help speed up the healing process after procedures like injections or lasers. It helps soothe inflammation and swelling, can aid in the healing process of bruises, and helps with pain and muscle tension. Dr. Idriss gets straight to the science: When our bodies experience trauma, our bodies release something called cytokines that signal inflammatory cells. Arnica is capable of blocking cytokines and thus blocking inflammation. Ash bark extract is also used as an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce swelling, endorsed by the National Library of Medicine.
Still not convinced? Most basic ice rollers on the market cost as much as The Depuffer and don’t come with a dermatologist-approved serum. Perhaps the coolest thing (literally) though, is that it offers a cooling effect. without have to be stored in the fridge (although it certainly can, too).
Wear The Depuffer after a long flight, between pilates and coffee, or in the morning and you’ve got a Bella Hadid-esque facelift. Bottom line: The Depuffer is the ultimate hassle-free treatment that can replace your facial roller, serums, and eye creams.
What happened when I tried The Depuffer?
I planned to try The Depuffer on a Monday morning after a busy weekend and the results did not disappoint. The combination of the cooling roller and the serum revived my sleep and helped calm my flushed face. The overall shape of my face was sculpted and toned, and my face was visibly less puffy after a few minutes of letting the formula absorb into my skin. I also found that it lifted and calmed the undersides of my eyes (FWIW: Dr. Idriss confirms that the formula is gentle enough to use on that delicate area).
In addition to its calming and de-puffing effect, my skin overall looked as if it had been seriously cared for, like I had slept through the night after a weekend of healthy eating, hot yoga, and a facial.
After applying the serum, I continued with my daily skin and makeup regimen and found that it worked well with all of my products and even made a great smoothing base. Dr. Idriss recommends “applying any excess serum to the skin and allowing it to dry completely” before applying makeup for a flawless finish. Although the formula has a thick consistency, it never clogged my pores or felt heavy. Although my days of having hard-to-treat acne are (hopefully) over, Dr. Idriss assured me that the serum is safe for acne-prone skin. “The Depuffer is great for all skin types, especially those with transient redness as a result of acne,” he noted.
At $38, I can’t recommend The Depuffer highly enough. It has taken the place of my favorite face roller, and you better believe it will do the same for you.
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