1. EXERCISE JUST YOUR FACE.
You’ve probably heard about facial yoga but there’s an alternative. Facial Magic’s Rowland started teaching facial exercise in 1989, a regimen that consists of 18 exercises that take 35 seconds each and use isometric contraction with resistance.
“I teach you how to anchor the muscles on your face and inside your mouth to create contractions that lift, tone, tighten, and shorten sagging facial muscles,” she says.
2. Eat Whole Foods to Support a Healthy Weight
Lose weight in your face — and your whole body — by trimming your calorie intake and by making the best quality food choices you can. Fresh fruits and vegetables offer plenty of antioxidants and phytonutrients that support your complexion’s health. These foods also have few calories, so you can eat large servings without overshooting your calorie goal.
Lean protein is part of a weight-loss program, too. It helps you feel satisfied at meals and helps discourage your body from burning lean muscle mass along with fat as you reduce calories. Aim for at least 0.55 grams per pound of body weight per day to experience these benefits. Good sources include fish and seafood, low-fat dairy, lean beef and white-meat chicken.
3. WORK OUT ON THE REGULAR.
“While everyone loses weight differently, losing as little as 3 to 5 pounds can show on your face,” Eboli explains. Exercise improves the contours of your countenance as well as your body. “Exercising to trim your body down works your facial muscles too,” says Eboli.
4. DON’T RUSH INTO SURGERY.
“In most cases, it’s not a good idea to have facial fat removed, especially as you get older,” says Dworkin, who’s worked for a plastic surgeon. “Removing fat pads can remove structure from your skin, making you age oddly.” However, she’s seen good results with the surgical removal of hereditary, under-eye fat pads and extra fat that forms under the chin. “But, if you choose surgery, don’t bargain shop,” she warns. “Carefully research surgeons and find a highly-experienced one who makes you comfortable.”
5. Exercise to Lose Weight and Brighten Your Complexion
Healthy amounts of cardiovascular exercise improve circulation so you look brighter and more vibrant, regardless of the shape of your face. Build up to the minimum 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio weekly as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A brisk walk, light bike ride or water aerobics are examples of ways to do these workouts. If you exercise more — 300 minutes or longer per week — you’ll get even greater weight loss and health benefits.