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 – Use cucumber on your eyes to reduce bloat and moisturize skin
Yep, the wife’s tale has scientific truth to it. 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 – Use ice to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling
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 – Try the facial exercise for reducing bloated cheeks
Daily Face Yoga can help reduce puffy cheeks and a bloated appearance. Just as regular workouts at the gym help build muscle, regular face building 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:
#4- Try Facial exercise for tighten face skin ‘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.
#5 Try Facial exercise for reducing nasolabial folds ‘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 face-building technique that relieves plump cheeks and targets your nasolabial folds – the indentation lines on 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.
Angelina Jolie. Julia Roberts. Kim Kardashian.
These women are synonymous with big, beautiful lips. But there’s a good chance they’ve got a dirty secret helping plump up their kissable lips - the plastic surgeon.
Although plastic surgery can help add volume and life to your lips, it’s a costly and painful experience that’s going to make a huge dent in your savings and your calendar. Between consultations, surgery, and recovery you can be out of action for weeks (if not months).
On top of all that, there’s no guarantee that the results won’t earn you a spot on the TV show “Botched” down the line. Thankfully, there is another solution...
Face Yoga exercises can tighten the skin around the mouth and jaw, enlarging the lips without any injections or surgeries. In fact, facial exercises for the jawline and lips are so easy to do you can practice on the way to work, in the shower, or relaxing at home in front of the TV!
Read on to discover the Face Yoga for lips routine you can use to make you and your lips look like a movie star.
Can Face Yoga really plump up my lips?
That’s the million-dollar question on every woman’s lips (pun intended) and the answer is...yes!
While traditional yoga aims to shrink areas of the body to help tighten and tone stomachs, arms, and butts; Face Yoga trains muscles around the mouth with the goal of enlarging them. With zero collagen injections or expensive lip-plumping products, you can define and enlarge your lips by targeting the muscles of your mouth, neckline, and jaw.
This is possible due to the ring-shaped muscle around the mouth - known as the orbicularis oris. By exercising this muscle you can strengthen it, firming the attached skin and causing your lips to tighten and increase in volume.
Forget lipstick, balm or lip gloss - the secret to fuller, plump lips are custom Face Yoga exercises.
Here are four of our favorite face-building exercises to help you transform your pout.
Face Yoga Exercise #1 - Happy Hands
How can you not feel happy practicing a facial exercise called ‘Happy Hands’?
This exercise is simple and silly enough to have you smiling all day. The goal of ‘Happy Hands’ is to target specific facial muscles, and this can be done with your own two hands - or to be more specific, two fingers!
Use your index fingers to press the corners of your mouth up towards the ceiling. Lift the corners of your lips as though you were forcing yourself to break into a big, beaming smile. Then hold this pose for several seconds to allow your lips to feel the full stretch.
This facial exercise will stimulate collagen around your mouth and tighten muscles to avoid the saggy lips that often come with age.
How often to repeat this pose: 5 times
Face Yoga Exercise #2 - Tongue Twister
How many times during your day do you find yourself sitting down watching TV, checking your phone, or running errands?
That time can be used adding volume to your lips!!!
The ‘Tongue Twister’ is a simple but effective facial exercise that can be performed literally anywhere. The exercise is as simple as rolling your tongue around the inside of your lips six times from left to right and back again for one full rotation of the exercise.
As this exercise is more subtle you can perform it for up to 20 minutes a day, six days a week. The benefit of the ‘Tongue Twister’ is that your mouth, like all muscle groups, needs a workout to stay tight and toned (and unfortunately reminding your partner or kids to put the toilet seat down doesn’t count).
Practicing this exercise for 20 minutes a day will help you lift your lips a natural and pain-free way. It’s that simple!
How often to repeat this pose: 20 minutes per day
Face Yoga Exercise #3 - Wrinkle Buster
Everyone has a few wrinkles they wish they could erase, and with the ‘Wrinkle Buster’ you can!
While fuller lips are the goal, reducing wrinkles on and around your lips can create the appearance of younger, larger lips without any change to the underlying muscles. By reducing lines around the mouth, your lips take center stage and become firmer, creating the appearance of beautiful full lips.
Here’s how you nail the ‘Wrinkle Buster’ exercise…
Hide your teeth with your lips. You should be able to stretch your lips down to cover all visible teeth. Once you’ve done this, form an ‘O’ shape with your mouth.
Next, smile as wide as possible without letting your teeth show. You should feel a stretch from your cheeks to your jaw as you complete this pose. Instead of holding the pose, stretch your mouth into the ‘O’ shape then return to normal, before repeating the pose without any rest in between.
How often to repeat this pose: 6 times
Enjoy the long-term benefits of naturally plump lips
Celebrities are increasingly turning to facial exercises and now you can too.
Forget risky and painful lip fillers that leave you with uneven lips and a permanently fishy pout. Face Yoga exercises are easy to practice and 100% natural - which means your lips look better and better as time goes by, while lip injections fade and can leave you looking worse than when you started.
The most important feature of your new facial exercise program though is ‘consistency’.
Remember to practice your new routine for 20-30 minutes each day, over a six to seven week period for maximum results. The more facial exercises you practise, the more stunning your lips will look.
Looking for a custom Face Yoga program to help you enjoy even better results? Take our FREE quiz to discover what routine is best suited to your unique skin type.
#6 – Get Enough Sleep
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.