If we talk about physical appearance, the face is without doubt the central feature and something people notice first. Taking care of your face is not limited to pampering your skin externally. High cheekbones and a chiseled jaw line are the current trends that accentuate the facial features and give it a sharp frame.
Excess consumption of alcohol, genetics, ageing, dehydration, obesity, medical conditions and soft facial muscles are just some of the factors that may cause your face to appear chubby and swollen. If you look at yourself in the mirror and feel that your face is fat, you will have to work on your whole body to reduce puffiness and tone it up the face.
Following is a comprehensive guide on losing weight in your face that combines proven exercises, tips and other lifestyle habits that you need to incorporate in order to achieve well-defined, chiseled and sharp facial features in no time.
Wholesome foods are packed with all the essential nutrients that not only contribute to reducing face fat but also help the entire body shed pounds. Switch to fresh fruits instead of relying on preserved or canned fruits since they contain sodium, sugar or other additives that can lead to further weight gain and bloating. Snack more on vegetables because they are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals that help the body get rid of toxins and also improve digestion.
Pay Attention to Proportions
To lose face fat, primary attention should be paid towards your daily diet. You will need to consume a little less than what your body actually needs in order to burn fat for energy generation. Remember that crash diets are no good and only result in you consuming more than your body actually needs.
They are also insufficient in nutrients, and leave you feeling hungry and cranky. Losing weight rather fast is also bad since it doesn’t allow the skin to adapt, making it sag and appear even worse than before. It is therefore better to keep a track of calories you intake on a daily basis, and for you can rely on fitness apps. You will find plenty of them on the app store.
A lot of the time, our face appears swollen and puffy due to water retention as a result of dehydration. When your body doesn’t get enough water, it stores all its existing fluid which often turns up in the face. To tell if your body is in need of water, check your urine color. If it is of a darker shade, you need to increase your daily water intake.
Aim to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day, and if you can, also add veggies and fruits with high fluid content, like watermelons, cucumbers and other citrus fruits, in your diet. Another important point to remember is to stay away from alcohol, coffee, and black tea since these beverages dehydrate the body and cancel out the positive effect of water.
Steer Clear of Salt
Salt is a big culprit in water retention in your body. This is because your body tries to dilute all the salt consumed with larger quantities of water, which not only swells your face but can also cause serious health hazards. Excessive salt consumption pressurizes the heart and may even result in heart attack or stroke. To cut back on salt, the first thing you need to do is say no to fast and processed foods as they are loaded with sodium, MSG and other harmful additives. Another thing you can do is avoid sprinkling salt on your food.
If you must, use less salt than usual or squeeze a lemon for added taste. If you cannot avoid salty foods for any reason, be sure to drink plenty of water to wash away all the excessive sodium stored in your body. Lastly, eat more potassium-rich foods since they remove water and sodium content from the body by flushing them out. Carrots, bananas, avocados, raisins, coconut water, yogurt, white beans, acorn squash and spinach are some of the foods that contain high amounts of potassium, and are therefore great for you.
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If you do not have time for full-body exercises, or have a chubby face on a lean body, facial exercises are your quick way out. Facial exercises work your face muscles and give them more a more defined structure, or fill out any loose skin. They are a safer option as compared to diet pills, and can be done anywhere without the need for equipment. Following are top 8 exercises which you can try with minimal effort and notice a significant difference.
1. Fish Face
Simply suck in your cheeks to make a fish face, and retain that position for about 15 to 30 seconds. Release and repeat for five more times.
2. Lips Pull
This is one of the most effective facial exercises, which produces amazing results if you practice it with regularity. The lips pull aims to lift facial muscles and takes away years off your face, providing a more youthful look with a defined jaw line and high cheekbones. Start with a sitting or standing position and raise your lower lip as high as possible by pushing out the lower jaw. You will surely feel the strain and stretch build up in the muscles of your jaw line and chin. Maintain this position for 15 to 20 seconds and let go. Repeat 10 times.
3. Jaw Release
For higher cheekbones and reduced double chin, jaw release is the perfect exercise. Begin with a straight posture and move your jaw as if you were chewing a gum, all the while keeping your mouth closed. Hum while inhaling and exhaling. Next, open your mouth widely with your tongue pressed against the bottom teeth. Retain the position for about 5 seconds and then inhale and exhale.
4. Blowing Air
This facial exercise targets all sthe facial and neck muscles and works toward getting rid of chubby cheeks and double chin. It focuses on the jaws, neck and cheeks and tones them to provide a more defined face lift and a thinner appearance. Start by sitting on a chair with your spine erect, bring your head backward to any extent you like and make sure you are looking up at the ceiling. Next, pull out your lips while blowing air from your mouth, as if you were blowing a balloon. Hold the position for 10 to 15 seconds and repeat the exercise 10 times.
5. Eyes Shut Exercise
This is yet another simple exercise where you shut your eyes tightly using your cheek muscles. Make sure you feel your cheeks contract. When you do feel the contraction, retain the posture for about 10 to 15 seconds and then slowly relax your face. Repeat about 5 to 10 times a day.
6. Full Cheeks Exercise
This exercise is effective for losing cheek fat. Fill your mouth with air and then close your mouth while pressing your lips together. Next, move the air trapped inside from side to side. Continue doing this for five to 10 minutes.
Although it may not seem much, but smiling works a minimum of 26 of your facial muscles and hence is a great workout for your cheeks. It does this by stretching your cheek muscles which in turn helps reduce fat. Try smiling without parting your lips and with your mouth closed. Hold the position for 10 seconds, and repeat for about 10 times.
8. The Whistle Exercise
Simply make an ‘O’ shape with your lips and slowly release air out of it, as if you were whistling.
Chewing works your facial muscles and gives them a good workout. But remember to not go overboard since it may either overwork your teeth or result in a sharp jaw line that that will probably not look as attractive as you expect. Also, make sure you eat sugar-free gum to avoid the risk of cavities and dental decay.
Like facial exercises, regular facial massages enhance blood and oxygen circulation which leads to tighter skin.
A clay mask is a natural and organic mask that helps tighten your skin to stop it from sagging. As we grow old, our skin tends to be more inelastic and droopier. Using a natural skin-tightening mask on a weekly basis, you can tone it, making it appear much thinner.
While this is a temporary method and does not actually help you lose weight, makeup does act like a last resort and helps trim down weight from your face quickly and acts as a quick fix for any deadline. Experiment with different contouring shades (a shade or two darker than your original skin) and tricks to make your face appear thinner, particularly around the cheeks.
Happy face slimming!