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How to Get a Skinnier Face

Does it feel like those chubby cheeks of your youth never really went away?

Updated: December 6, 2020
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By MBL Featured Blogger: Aimee Hughes
Originally Posted: September 21, 2020

How to Lose Face Fat | Maybe you’re slowly losing the extra pounds you’ve always wanted to shed, but the face fat is standing strong.

If so, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Many of us have issues with facial fat. And some of us will go to great lengths to get rid of it, if only we knew how. In this article, I’m going to give you a handful of my top tips and tricks as to how to get a skinnier face. And if you follow the steps in this article, you’ll see a stronger jawline and more defined facial features in no time. Here’s how!

Do A, E, I, O, U exercises and other facial exercises

This one is so incredibly simple. It’s even fun to do if you don’t take yourself too seriously. (And for that matter, none of us should.) The “A, E, I, O, U” exercise, simply means forming these vowel sounds with your mouth, over and over again in an exaggerated fashion. For instance, I like to form these vowels with my mouth wide open when I’m on a long bicycle ride, preferably on a nature trail as opposed to in the city. That way, fewer people see my funny facial movements and I don’t feel nearly as self-conscious as when tons of city-dwelling people are around. 

Walking on a nature trail while doing this exercise is also effective. You can always stop the exercise as you pass people and pick it up when you’re alone. Wondering how often you need to do this exercise to get a skinnier face? I say, every day. And, how many times a day? Well, as often as possible. 

Why? Because doing facial exercises like this one has a healthy toning effect on facial muscles. They’re even believed to slow down the aging process, as this study, published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research shows. Another effective facial exercise strategy involves smiling. All you need to do is exaggerate a smile while clenching your teeth. Hold the tight smile for a few seconds, then let your face relax for a few seconds. Repeat this exercise several times. Do this exercise off and on throughout the day for a few minutes each time. 

Always have a cardio component to your workout routine

Did you know that regular cardiovascular workouts help you get a skinnier face? It’s true! If you’re still holding onto extra body fat that your body doesn’t need, that excess fat may very well be lurking in your face. Thankfully, cardiovascular exercise is an effective way to rid the body of this excess fat. If you already have a cardio routine in your weekly workout regimen and still want a skinnier face, you simply need to do more cardio! 

Increase the time spent doing your cardio workouts. If you currently have a 20-minute cardio routine, do 30 minutes. If you’re currently doing 30 minutes, do 40 minutes. You get the idea. All sorts of studies show that increasing the amount of cardio exercise you do will help you get rid of excess body fat. This review, published in the International Journal of Obesity is one such study.

And the cool thing is, there are so many ways to get in a good cardio workout. Swim, bike, walk, jog, run, dance—do whatever it is that floats your cardiovascular boat! Your face will love you for it!

Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate again

Are you tired of being told to drink more water? I totally get it if you are. I know I am at times. But, we hear the drink more water advice over and over again ad nauseum for good reason. So many health benefits come from it—including getting a skinnier face. How is this possible, you ask? I know, it seems a bit far-fetched. But, proper water consumption is an essential part of overall health, and weight loss, in particular. Studies even prove it. 

For example, this study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology explains further how keeping properly hydrated throughout your life helps decrease the retention of fluids that often lead to puffiness in your face. Numerous other studies support the fact that drinking enough water is a key part of ridding the body of excess fat, another essential element when it comes to getting a skinnier face. 

Watch your alcohol consumption

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol leads to fluid retention in all parts of the body, including the face. Excessive drinking has also been linked to an increase in facial fat. And because alcohol is inherently dehydrating in nature, it makes sense that drinking too much would lead to puffiness in the face. 

When it comes to drinking, moderation is key. And if you’re wondering what that really means, the general consensus is one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. If you’re going to wind up drinking more, you need to flush the toxins out of your system and prevent facial puffiness by drinking even more water than you normally would. I typically drink plenty of water during the day. When I imbibe in the evening, I’ll drink a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages. A good way to tell whether or not you’re properly hydrated is to pay attention to urine color. Make sure yours is relatively clear. 

Cut out the unhealthy food players

You know what I’m talking about. All those undeniably tasty but totally unhealthy foods that line our supermarket shelves. They come in pretty packages that boast all sorts of health benefits—organic, non-GMO, low-fat, no-fat, and so on and so forth. The truth is, however, anything that’s not a whole food that comes directly from the source (Mother Nature), is man-made, processed and refined edible. And while these foods may indeed be edible, they’re not the best foods to eat if you want to get a skinnier face.

That said, if you’re serious about toning up those facial features, you’ll want to cut out refined carbs as much as possible. These are your packaged crackers, packaged baked goods, pastas, white bread, and other simple foods that contain little nutrition and more sugar than is good for your health. Buy whole grains when you want to eat these comfort foods, and get your carbohydrates from complex ones, as opposed to simple ones. And avoid sugars in general. Sugar does nothing for facial tone and often causes us to hold onto facial fat. The healthier you eat, the easier it’s going to be to lose excess weight. Which also means the excess fat on your face. 



Are you sleeping enough?

It’s terribly difficult to lose weight when you’re not getting the sleep you need. Numerous studies show how sleep deprivation raises cortisol levels, which in turn sabotages your efforts to lose weight by causing your metabolism to slow down. This study, published in the journal Sleep, explains further how loss of sleep over time leads to elevated cortisol levels, which in turn leads to weight gain. On the positive side, simply getting more sleep naturally helps you lose weight and shed those excess pounds in all areas of the body, your face included.

If sleep eludes you, consider taking some time to get back into a healthy sleep groove. Maintain a regular sleep schedule, meaning, you go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time each night and day. Deeper, more restorative sleep may mean cutting out alcoholic drinks close to bedtime. I’ve found that if I finish my last glass of wine 2-3 hours before hittin’ the hay, my sleep isn’t at all impacted. You’ll also want to make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. Get blackout curtains and a white noise machine. Sleep with lavender or marjoram essential oils wafting through an aromatherapy diffuser. Do whatever it takes to get regular good nights of zzz’s. 

Don’t overdo it on the salt

I’m famous in my household for adding salt to everything. Although, I make sure it’s a high-quality sea salt, which has a treasure trove of health benefits. But, for some people, decreasing sodium intake can do wonders for facial fat. Too much salt in the body makes us retain water, which in turn can make our faces look puffy and bloated. Eating too much salt can even lead to facial swelling. We’re all different when it comes to sodium intake. Some will be affected, while others won’t. You know your body better than anyone. Just pay attention to how much salt you’re eating, and switch to healthy sea salt for added flavor. 

As you can see, there are so many ways to decrease excess fat in the face and get a skinnier one in the process. These tips are great—not just for facial tone, but also for maintaining and even strengthening your immune system and overall health. 





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