Most people complain about developing smile lines, skin wrinkles and sagging and sunken face after drastic weight loss and 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 but 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? Here are some easy ways to stop losing weight in your face following major weight loss.
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 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.
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 compounds that boost collagen and elastin layers of the skin, while increasing skin cell repair and regeneration. Increasing your intake of citrus fruits like along with vegetables as they will help you get antioxidants to fight free radical damage and this can, to an extent, prevent sagging and sunken cheeks post weight loss.
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, these are necessary to provide you with amino acids that help in skin cell repair and regeneration.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.