Many people complain about developing smile lines, skin wrinkles and sagging and sunken face after drastic weight loss. Thus, instead of looking younger, they start looking tired and drained and even several years older than they are. Women especially face this problem. Prior to losing weight, many women have natural plumpness and volume in their cheeks. However, they find themselves with sunken eyes and deepened wrinkles after weight loss. The lost weight seems to cause face sagging which ages them by decades. So is there any way to prevent this from happening? Let us take a look at some easy ways to stop losing weight in your face following major weight loss.
1. Drink more water
When we exercise, we get dehydrated and dehydration tends to pull out moisture from the skin. Healthy hydration makes the skin look supple, softer and radiant. A reason why your face looks gaunt is because you may not be drinking adequate quantities of water. So drink at least 6-8 glasses (6-8 oz each) and even more if you work out daily. This will also stimulate the lymph nodes to throw out toxins and enhance elasticity of your skin. Detoxification will also add a natural glow to your skin.
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Your skin needs a lot of antioxidants, particularly as you grow older and especially if you exercise a lot. Antioxidants are compunds that boost collagen and elastin layers of the skin, while increasing skin cell repair and regeneration. Increasing your intake of citrusy fruits like berries, oranges etc along with vegetables like broccoli, green leafy vegetables, bell peppers can help you get antioxidants to fight free radical damage. This can, to an extent, prevent sagging and sunken cheeks post weight loss.
3. Get more protein in your diet
Lack of proteins in one’s diet tends to enhance the effects of weight loss on face. So eat more lean proteins like chicken, tofu, turkey, cottage cheese, and fatty fish. These are necessary to provide you with amino acids that help in skin cell repair and regeneration.
4. Go nuts!
Snack on nuts between meals. Nuts will not help prevent gaunt face after weight loss but they can do wonders to skin elasticity. Walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and cashews are good to snack on for great skin. They are rich in antioxidants as well as omega 3 essential fatty acids which are needed for healthy skin. Snack on handful of nuts every day. Add them to your cereals or smoothies, drink nut milks like almond milk or add nut butters on your toast.
5. Take omega 3 essential fatty acid supplements
Not everyone can afford to go in for fillers like Botox to treat smile lines after weight loss. Adding essential fatty acids to ones’ diet will not stop the wrinkles from appearing but they can definitely enhance skin elasticity. These healthy fats also plump up the skin’s volume, prevent dark circles and stop that premature aged look we call ‘gym face’. Take fish oil supplements daily or eat fatty fish, olive oil, walnuts, chia seeds etc to get your daily quota of Omega 3 essential fatty acids.
6. Change your hairstyle
Sometimes, the best way to prevent the ‘lost weight’ face sagging look is to change your hair style. Add some bangs up in the front to take the attention away from your sunken eyes and cheeks. You can seek help of a talented stylist to get a cut that suits your thin face. Reduce the length of your hair a bit and see the difference it makes to your age! This is a good option to ‘camouflage’ skin wrinkles after weight loss.
7. Go for lighter hair color
Another clever way to disguise the gaunt face after weight loss is to lighten the hair color. Lighter color suits women as they go into their 40s and 50s. It can indeed take away years off the face.
8. Get adequate sleep
Get adequate sleep at night-at least 8 hours. This might not stop you from losing weight in your face but it will enhance skin elasticity and prevent further sagging. Meditate or breathe in and out deeply a few times (prior to bed time). Run a humidifier at least in winters and keep technological distractions out of the bedroom. To find out other easy ways to sleep better, check out this guide.
9. Use the best skincare products
Going under the knife is not the only way to get a face lift. These days, there are good products available to prevent skin sagging. Look for moisturizers with peptides, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and/or retinoids. All of these are proven to fill in nasobial folds, lighten the skin pigmentation, and act as fillers to plump up sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines and folds. You must use these products daily for at least 4-6 months to see results. Always conduct a patch test to avoid allergic reaction.
10. Use a hydrating silicone night mask
Silicone night masks help tighten the skin and can, to some extent, prevent the sunken, sagging look which usually follows extreme weight loss. You can even sleep with the mask on and use it after applying hydrating night creams or gels. The mask enhances the absorption of the cream or serum so you get double advantage.
11. Lay off heavy exercises
Once you have lost a ton of weight, you may want to only exercise for maintenance. This means cutting down on strenuous workout and focusing more on strength training. Go in for swimming, dancing or yoga. To manage weight, eat a well balanced diet with fewer carbs, more lean proteins and fruits and vegetables. Work with a personal trainer and dietician who can guide you. A healthy weight loss program will not lead to sagging skin as it would be gradual and will also tone your skin along with your muscles.
Use these 11 easy tips to prevent that gaunt face and sunken look after extreme weight loss.