No, I did not wake up like this... (eye patches and ice rolling morning routine)

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No, I did not wake up like this.... If you want to know what I look like when I wake up, think Shrek +  Hitch after he gets his allergic reaction HA. Jk that's a little dramatic.

But in all seriousness, some days I wake up with a puffy face. Usually if I don't get enough sleep or drink enough water the day before, my eyes look swollen and my face just looks puffy and tired. OR if I eat & drink CRAP the night before- you guessed it, Hitch-post-allergic-reaction.   I've shown a few videos on Instastories of my morning routine (eye patches + ice rolling) and whenever I post these vids I get a TON of DMs from you guys asking what the heck I'm doing.  So today is all about my morning de-puffing regimen!

So the first thing you need to know- Ice Rolling: This helps your face look less puffy/swollen in the morning, creates a smoother, more even toned surface over time, helps lymphatic drainage (like a face massage), helps with migraines / headaches, reduces appearance of pores,  soothes irritation/redness, and helps inflammation. It's super easy to use- just stick it in the freezer overnight and in the morning begin rolling across the forehead and temples, work around the eyes, up and down the cheeks (I like to focus a lot on my cheekbone area), roll on the jawline and towards the neck, and I also like to roll it on my nose..  If your eyes are puffy, you can gently roll it around the under eye area.  You can also do it before bed to ease tension, but I usually use mine in the morning. Overview... wakes me up in the morning because it's COLD, helps me not look like I just rolled out of bed, and gets rid of my swollen morning face. Oh also, it's like $10 so you might as well give it a try!

The second product that I SWEAR BY- my PTR Eye Patches: I like to keep these in the fridge so when I put them under my eyes in the morning, it has a cooling affect on my skin. Sort of feels like you're relaxing at the spa with cucumbers over your eyes. I have two different kinds that I love, so I'll list out the benefits of each below... but long story short- they de-puff your under eyes, hydrate your under-eye skin, and reduce dark circles. These are a little more pricey but the package comes with a ton so they last a long time. 

HYALURONIC CLOUD HYDRA-GEL EYE PATCHES

These revitalizing eye patches help hydrate, moisturize and instantly improve the look of fine lines, crow’s feet and under-eye darkness with pure, plumping water vapor. Hyaluronic Acid attracts and retains up to 1,000 times their weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere to lock in hydration. Ceramide NP, Collagen and Marshmallow Root Extract help smooth and soften the look of fine lines. Caffeine helps de-puff the look of the eye area. Arnica helps diminish the appearance of dark circles.

24K GOLD PURE LUXURY LIFT & FIRM HYDRA-GEL EYE PATCHES

Anti-aging eye contour gel patches are infused with pure 24K Gold and Colloidal Gold to help lift and firm the appearance of the delicate eye area in just 10 minutes. Known from the time of Cleopatra to have powerful anti-aging benefits, 24K Gold helps firm, lift, brighten and calm the appearance of skin while providing an opulent glow. These lavish and pampering eye gels help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet, giving the under-eye area a look of improved firmness. Hyaluronic Acid and Hydrolyzed Collagen deliver intense hydration, while Caffeine helps reduce the appearance of puffiness. Providing an instant cooling effect, each gel patch is infused with a light, calming lavender scent.

Okay guys, there you have it! This is what you always see me doing on my IG stories. Eye patches + ice rolling. I swear by it! If you also look like Hitch-post-allergic-reaction when you roll out of bed in the morning, you should swear by this too! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, first of all, you need to watch Hitch- it's a great movie. Second, here is some imagery for ya. 

Happy Monday!

xo,
Kathleen

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Photography is by the amazing Amber Bryant