What causes this puffiness?
According to centuries of vast knowledge in Ayurveda, one of the eight components of physical examination include studying a person’s form or ‘Akruti Pariksha’. In Ayurvedic terms, this also extends to facial examination.
In Ayurveda, conducting a quick ‘Akruti Pariksha’ would help you assess what your body and mind need in order to regain their balance and to be nourished.
If your ‘Akruti Pariksha’ reveals that you have a swollen or “puffy” face in the morning, then that is because of edema or ‘Shotha’ , which occurs due to accumulation of fluid or water retentionduring the night.
As about 60% of your body constitutes water, lying down at night causes this to rest and collect around your face which makes it appear swollen in the morning. Apart from this, your respective sleeping positions (did you know that sleeping on your belly increases the chance of puffy-looking face?), allergies or even medical conditions may result in puffiness.
But that’s not the end of the story!
Ayurveda also explains puffiness with respect to an imbalance of the three doshas.
Yes, the doshas come into play again!
How do the doshas reveal themselves in your face?
In Ayurveda, any change to the skin or the body is identified as an imbalance of the 5 fundamental elements of nature: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. According to Ayurvedic ideology, these 5 elements are found in a unique combination in each human body that manifests itself in the form of 3 Doshas or causes – Vata (Space +Air), Pitta (Fire + Water) and Kapha (Water + Earth).
Since we know that Kapha dosha exhibits ‘heavy’ characteristics, an imbalance of Kapha dosha is primarily responsible for the accumulation of fluids that make your face appear swollen and puffy in the morning. Though rarely, it can occur due to imbalances of Pitta, such as with the eyes, as seen above, and occasionally due to Vata dosha too.
Knowing this integral connection now makes you better equipped to deal with most changes on your face... including puffiness!
Now that you understand how puffiness develops, you see exactly why using a cucumber, cold spoon or a tea bag alone won’t reduce puffiness in the morning!