Slim on the face

A Complete Guide to Slimming on the Face

It can be frustrating when excess weight shows on your face. While it’s impossible to lose weight on your face, losing weight overall can make your face slimmer. You can make lifestyle changes to reduce the weight and puffiness on your face. Facial exercises and massage can also help you get a slimmer face. See a doctor first, as some medical conditions and medications can cause you to gain facial weight. Over time and with some effort, you will see a slimmer face in the mirror.

Change lifestyle

Losing weight is the best way to lose weight on the face. Losing weight takes time and is hard work, but even small weight loss can have lasting health benefits. If you are overweight or obese, set a weight loss goal for yourself and work towards it. Start with small goals, so they are achievable and give you confidence. Your goal should be a weight loss of 0.5 to 1 kg per week. This is how you can lose weight in a healthy and manageable way. To do this, you have to eat 500 to 1000 fewer calories a day. You could set a goal of losing ten pounds over six weeks. This is a realistic weight loss that you are more likely to achieve.

Check if you are eating foods that cause bloating.

Certain foods can cause bloating, which makes a face look puffy. Try keeping a food journal to see which foods cause bloating. You could do an elimination diet to determine which foods are a problem for you. See if you’re eating the following: Fizzy drinks, Wheat gluten, Dairy products, Cabbage Beans, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower Onions, Salty foods like chips, ready-to-eat pizza, and cold cuts.

Promote weight loss and your blood circulation.

Exercising regularly makes your face look thinner because you lose excess weight. If you don’t have excess weight to lose, exercise will keep your blood flowing. This alone can help reduce puffiness on your face. Do an exercise you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, swimming, or biking. You should get 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise most days of the week.

Keep your endocrine system working properly.

Lack of sleep can lead to problems with this system, such as diabetes. You should get seven to nine hours of sleep each night to rest, be refreshed, and have a healthy endocrine system. This can prevent problems that lead to facial weight gain. Make your bedroom a relaxing place to promote better sleep. Make it cool, dark, clean, and quiet. You can also sleep better by cutting out caffeine, turning off all screens 30 minutes before bed, and doing nothing in your bed but sleeping.

Stay hydrated and avoid fluid retention.

If you drink enough fluids, you can reduce facial health by reducing water retention. If you don’t drink enough, your body retains fluid in various places, including your face. You should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily, but drink more if you sweat or are thirsty. Fill a water bottle in the morning before you leave the house and refill it throughout the day when you are at work or school.

Tip: If you don’t like the taste of plain water, flavor it with lemon juice, some berries, or a few slices of cucumber.

Limit your alcohol consumption or avoid it altogether.

Drinking alcohol can increase facial puffiness, so avoid it or limit your intake. As a woman, you should only have one alcoholic drink a day; as a man, two. Such a drink corresponds to 350 ml of beer, 150 ml of wine or 45 ml of spirits. Have a plain mocktail if you want a drink. Combine sparkling water, some cranberry juice, and a lime wedge for an easy, tasty, low-calorie option. If you’re having difficulty giving up alcohol, talk to your doctor.

Do facial exercises

Say “X” and “O” 20 times in a row.

Alternate between X and O to exercise your facial muscles. Say “X-O-X-O” out loud 20 times, emphasizing each letter for maximum impact. Do this exercise when you get dressed in the morning.

Suck your cheeks like a fish ten times a day.

It may look silly, but it works your cheek muscles. Pull your cheeks in and hold them for five seconds before letting them relax. Repeat this 20 times throughout the day. Do this exercise while doing your hair or putting on your makeup.

Open your mouth wide, hold it for five seconds, and then let it go.

Open it up as wide as possible to look like you’re screaming. Hold your mouth in this position and count to five. Then relax again. Do this 30 times a day. Do this exercise while making the beds or doing other household chores.

Wave air back and forth in your mouth for five minutes a day.

Take a deep breath and close your mouth. Let some air fill your mouth, so it looks full. Then swirl the air around your mouth to work all your facial muscles. Make sure to breathe normally during this time. Your goal should be to do this exercise for five minutes a day. For example, you could do them for two minutes in the morning and three minutes in the evening, or every five minutes at a time.

Tip: You could swish water in your mouth or try oil pulling to work the same muscles.

After training.

Press your fingertips against your face. Start at the forehead and work down to your temples and cheeks. Then, press your fingertips against the sides of your nose and move them toward your cheeks and down. Next, you need to press your fingers against your jawline and work your way down to the bottom of your jaw. You can also see a professional massage therapist or use a jade roller to massage your face. The massage will help promote better blood flow and drain lymphatic fluid from your face. Lymphatic fluid is the fluid that collects around your lymph nodes. Too much of it can cause swelling in various parts of the body.

Get medical help

See a doctor to check for underlying medical conditions.

Some medical conditions can cause you to store too much weight on your face. So if you’ve noticed sudden or significant weight gain, see your doctor for an exam. He may examine you for certain diseases. For example, your kind might screen you for Cushing’s syndrome or an underactive thyroid since these conditions can lead to facial weight gain.

Tip: In addition to weight gain, remember to tell your doctor about recent health changes. For example, if you’ve been tired all the time lately or get tired more easily, tell him that.

Ask your doctor if medications could be causing the weight gain on your face.

A new or old medication may cause facial puffiness and weight gain. Talk to your doctor if you’ve recently started a new medication or if you’ve noticed this side effect. For example, a rare reaction to oxycodone is swelling of the face and extremities.

Consider a facelift if all else hasn’t helped.

Cosmetic surgery can be expensive and invasive, but you should consider it when all other options have not had the desired effect. Ask your GP for recommendations, or find an experienced cosmetic surgeon yourself. Don’t take the cheapest option. Make sure the surgeon has good qualifications and a lot of experience with facial surgeries. Meet with the surgeon to determine if they are a good candidate for a facelift or other surgery to reduce the size of your face. A combination of treatments may be recommended, such as liposuction with a facelift.


Fat on your face is beneficial, especially as you age. If you lose too much weight on your face, you could look much older, with flat and sunken areas on your face.


Facial surgery is as serious as any type and should not be taken lightly. Many blood vessels in your face can make surgery difficult. Even when done well, scars remain.


About the Author

Helen Miller

Helen Miller is a freelance writer at CouponKirin. She covers personal finance topics in a syndicated column that appears in Financial Planning Magazine. Her work has been featured by Market Watch, Digital Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and Yahoo Finance. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.