Gaining some extra pounds is usually first shown on our face. The truth is that neck and face fat are not only affected by our weight gain. Our sleeping position and bad posture when we are in the office are also risk factors for the double chin that we all try to hide in our selfies.
Bright Side looked for all the things that can cause facial fat and skin sagging and made a list of suggestions that experts advise following if you want to get rid of that extra fat once and for all.
1. Fix your sitting posture.
This might come as a surprise, but the wrong posture not only affects our back and spine, but also our face. Poor posture, when sitting with your head too low contributes to creating a double chin. The neck and face muscles weaken and, as a result, the skin in the area loses its elasticity. Improve your posture by sitting with your back straight and place your screen higher so that you won’t need to lower your head to work.
2. Get more sleep and choose the right position.
According to a study, sleep quantity and quality are linked to weight and fat loss. Another study showed that lack of sleep can increase cravings and lower metabolism. What’s also important is to avoid sleeping on your side with your face on the pillow, which can cause facial wrinkles. Scientists advise sleeping on your back, which helps to eliminate puffiness and facial water retention.
3. Chewing gum strengthens both face and neck muscles.
Chewing gum is like doing a workout for your facial muscles. More than that, a study showed that people who chewed gum after every meal felt full easier and consumed fewer snacks afterward, so their fat intake was seriously reduced. Make sure to get sugar-free gum so you don’t add any extra calories to your diet and in order to maintain your dental hygiene.
4. Use face masks made of natural ingredients.
Nature provides the best elements for health and beauty treatments. You can use eggs, milk, and honey, or glycerin and green tea, to create facial masks that help your skin to regain its elasticity and stay moisturized. Milk is also highly nutritious and has an anti-aging effect. You can use it in a mask with honey to tone-up and tighten your skin, and lose fat and toxins.
5. Learn how to whistle and let it show.
If you know how to whistle then you are among the lucky ones. If not, it’s time to try it, specialists say, because this is a nice way to exercise your face and neck muscles and it reduces the dreaded double chin. Sit with your back straight and your shoulders down, look up slightly, and start practicing your whistling 10 times for 10-20 seconds.
6. Add whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables in your diet.
For a balanced diet that helps with fat loss, try to replace refined carbs with whole grains. They also help in fat loss. For a healthy, soft, and elastic skin, eating fresh vegetables and fruits is very beneficial. Be mindful to choose water-rich foods, like cucumbers and melons, to remove toxins. While some veggies like tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, and pumpkin increase the production of collagen which is perfect for the skin.
7. Drink more water.
When it comes to fat and weight loss, water is one of your best allies. Drinking enough water boosts metabolism and also, according to the experts, good hydration decreases fluid retention and reduces facial puffiness and bloating. Drinking enough water secures the elasticity of the skin and prevents facial sagginess.
8. Reduce sodium and sugar intake.
As part of a balanced diet, reducing our sodium intake helps us retain less fluid. Facial puffiness and bloating happen because of fluid retention. As a result, the skin around the area looks fatter and older. Avoiding savory snacks and sugar, and replacing them with healthy foods like fruits, along with drinking more water, is the best option for your goal: a slimmer face and neck.
9. Include cardio exercise in your day.
Cardio exercises, like swimming, running, fast-walking, and biking, are very effective forms of aerobic exercise and help with fat loss in the whole body. Those types of workouts boost metabolism, promote fat burning, and will help you lose weight and fat in the neck and face.
10. Reduce alcohol consumption
Alcohol is considered by experts to be one of the main reasons for weight gain. Because it is high in calories and extremely low in nutrients, alcohol can increase facial fat and swelling. It’s important to keep your alcohol intake low if you want to control your body weight and fat, and limit its consumption as much as possible to avoid obesity.
11. Remember to wear sunscreen no matter how sunny it is outside.
Oftentimes, a double chin and facial sagginess are part of the aging process. And it is widely known that sunlight plays an important role in speeding up facial aging and the appearance of wrinkles. Doctors recommend daily sunscreen protection with SPF30 or higher depending on the sensitivity and the color of your skin. Sun cream helps tighten sagging and aging skin.
12. Blow up balloons every chance you get.
Balloons are not only the best decoration for a good party, but also one of the best easy facial exercises. A fun and easy way to lose the extra facial fat, blowing balloons helps in reducing both chubby cheeks and a double chin. Repeat this a few times per week and you’ll notice a difference in your face’s shape pretty quickly.
13. Smile more.
Smiling doesn’t just make any face more beautiful, but it’s a way to exercise facial muscles which will help with the elasticity of the skin and the reduction of the double chin. Just try smiling with your lips closed and hold that for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times. This also helps with decreasing the fat on your cheeks.
A balanced diet and a few exercises that can be added to your daily routine could really make a difference in your face. How do you treat your skin? Do you have any personal favorite remedies? Share your tips in the comments.
Illustrated by Alena Tsarkova for Bright Side