Bags under your eyes. Puffy jowls. Bloated cheeks.
No amount of make-up or concealer helps when you wake up with what looks like creasing on your face, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of options.
In fact, you can beat the bloat and return your skin to its smooth, taut self without even leaving your home. That means no need to visit the shops for expensive creams and balms. No need to organise a visit to your dermatologist. And certainly no need to think about painful injections (we’re looking at you Botox).
Bloated cheeks can come from plenty of unexpected sources. From one too many drinks at the bar, to a diet high in sodium, a lack of sleep, or skin that just feels like testing your patience for seemingly no reason at all.
But there are ways to bring down the bloat in your upper cheek and face. Read on to discover 4 creative yet simple strategies to get your skin back.
#1 – Cucumbers
Placing slices of cucumber on your eyes can reduce bloat and leave your skin feeling tighter in minutes. This is possible due to the silica in the cucumber, which helps promote skin elasticity. All it takes is a slice of fresh cucumber on each eye and you’ll see the puffiness start to fade in no time.
Before you throw out the rest of your unused cucumber, consider adding it to your next meal for even better results.
Cucumbers contain a high amount of potassium which helps cancel out the effects of too much sodium. And you guessed it, too much sodium contributes to bloating.
So grab a cucumber from the fridge and whether you’re using it as part of your DIY beauty routine or adding it to a salad, your bloated cheeks and puffy eyes will thank you.
#2 – Ice, ice baby
If you want to beat the bloat, use cold temperatures.
Cold temperatures help to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. This means you’ve got plenty of at-home options to reduce bloat. From a damp tea-bag left in the fridge that’s placed on your eyes to ice cubes, or even a spoon that’s been left in the freezer for a few minutes – you can use everyday items in your home’s kitchen to help reduce bloated cheeks and eyes without spending a cent.
It’s also possible to use more traditional beauty products like cold rollers, cold patches and cold masks, but if you’ve only got a freezer full of ice cubes then you’ve still got the resources you need to tighten and freshen your skin.
#3 – Facial exercises for cheeks
Daily Face Yoga can help reduce puffy cheeks and a bloated appearance. Just as regular workouts at the gym help build muscle, regular facebuilding exercises help to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the middle layer of your skin.
This creates smoother, tighter skin that reduces the impact of bloating. When performed regularly, facial exercises for cheeks can tone your cheeks and firm your features – making it tougher for bloat to greet you when you look in the mirror each morning.
Wondering which facial exercises are best for reducing bloat? Here are a couple of our favorites:
The ‘Show Your Tongue’
- Place your hands on your temples
- Apply pressure to smooth out the skin of your face
- Open your mouth as wide as possible
- Stick your tongue out as far as possible and hold for 60 seconds
This Face Yoga pose helps to tighten your skin, reducing puffiness and swelling. This facial exercise for your cheeks is ideal because you’re not masking the symptoms of bloat, but working to target the cause by providing more elasticity to your skin.
The ‘Puppet Face’
- Smile as wide as possible so your teeth are displaying
- Press your fingertips to the crease between your nose and lips
- Lift your muscles up while pressing your fingertips down against your skin to apply resistance
- Repeat 20 times
This is another facebuilding technique that relieves plump cheeks and targets your nasolabial folds – the indentation lines either side of your mouth. Your nasolabial folds become more pronounced as you get older, due to volume loss in your face that causes your cheeks to sag forward and hang – yep, leading to puffiness and bloat.
Face Yoga offers the benefits of dermal fillers – to reduce nasolabial folds and create a smoother-looking face – without any injections or surgery.
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#4 – Sleep on it
Getting too little sleep can contribute to bloated facial features…just as getting too little sleep can contribute to bloat!
Your ideal amount of sleep will depend on your own body and needs, but somewhere in the 7 to 8 hours a night range is recommended. To give your skin the best chance of staying fresh and tight, avoid drinking alcohol or drinking too much water in the few hours before your head hits the pillow.
When it comes down to it, your lifestyle makes a huge difference in the look and feel of your skin, especially around your face. Keeping your body moving each day helps promote circulation through your lymphatic system which flushes out excess fluid – and keeps it from ending up in your cheeks.
Wondering how to do face exercises at home?
Reducing your bloat through facial exercises doesn’t have to mean watching hours of YouTube videos trying to find instruction.
With the Face Yoga App you can unlock your own custom facial exercise program tailored to your skin and lifestyle. Discover the exact face sculpting poses you need to wake up feeling refreshed, and with skin that’s smooth and tight – all without leaving your home.