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Weight Loss, Age and Your Face

You know that losing weight is a key part to being healthy, and it’s something you do for your overall state of being.  But especially if you’re 40+ years old, the combination of aging and weight loss can take quite a toll on your face.

This is a case where a slow and steady weight loss wins the race, as the skin on your face has more time to adjust to its shrinking dimensions.  But if you have to lose weight faster (like on a medically supervised plan or with weight loss surgery), it can take quite a toll on the skin of your face.

What to do, so your face keeps pace with your body?

First Steps

Now that you are losing weight, what should be your first steps to help turn back (or at least stay) the clock when it comes to your looks?

The absolute first thing is to take an unflinching look at your skin.  As you get older, your skin loses resiliency.  Droops and sags and tiny lines appear.  You might not really like what you see, but it’s important to know the true “state of your face” before you go any farther.

Make a note of what you’d like to improve upon.  It might be dark circles and bags under the eyes; perhaps it’s crow’s feet threatening to become eagle’s talons.  Or (common to most women 40+) getting that hooded eye (where skin from your upper eye droops onto your eyelid).

While you are being critical, also take a moment to note what is good about your face.  Maybe you have a beautiful smile or sparkling eyes.  You need to note what’s good because you’re going to want to accentuate it.

You may be thinking that you don’t have any good features; it’s probably not true, but in the meanwhile, think of what you dislike the least!

What Are the Fastest Ways to Improve Your Looks?

Here’s the real question; how can you look younger while you are losing weight?  Or at least look better?

Go over your list of things you like and things you don’t like.  Let’s take dark circles and puffiness under the eye as an example, because it’s a common problem.

First, the dark circles.  Cosmetics have come a long way since we were in our teens and 20’s, and there are all kinds of fantastic concealers out there to help hide the dark circles….without accentuating any wrinkles in the undereye area.  It’s knowing what to look for in cosmetics, and how to use them.

Bags under the eyes — once again, all kinds of goodies out there to help diminish or even get rid of that excess baggage.  I’m getting ready to try some new products to see if they help.  And while I can’t guarantee that if they work on me they will work on you, it’s a place to start.  I’ll put a link when the testing is underway.

Oh, and speaking of the bags and puffiness around the eyes — you are drinking all your water every day, aren’t you?  If you’re retaining water, it will show up in your face as well as the rest of your body.

Accentuate the Positive

Let’s not forget to accentuate your positives.  Beautiful smile?  Wear pretty lip glosses or lipstick to bring more attention to your lips and teeth.

Lovely hair?  Make sure it gets a regular trip to the salon for trims (or whatever it is you do that makes it look so pretty).

Are people always complimenting your eye color?  A coat or two of mascara can work wonders for bringing them out even more, along with curling the lashes.

The point is this; don’t wait until you are finished losing weight to give yourself a makeover or try new products for turning back the clock for your skin tone.  Start now, and you’ll look even better when you make it to your weight loss goal!

(And yes, I will be posting some tips and techniques, since I probably have a lot of the same problems you do.)

Losing Weight and the Skin on Your Face

A friend of mine one time said something along these lines:

“I figure if I’m skinny all my life, when I get older, I can just gain weight and I won’t show the wrinkles.  You know, kind of like a balloon — fat will stretch the wrinkles out.”

That was almost 20 years ago, and I think she’s had time to reconsider that statement.  But is there a nugget of truth in what she said?  If you lose weight, will the skin on your face sag and get wrinkly?  There’s no one way to answer that, because everyone is different, but here are some things to consider.

Your Age

The younger you are, the more likely your skin will spring back.  For example, if you’re in your 30’s or 40’s, you have a better chance of not having much skin sagging, if at all.

The older you are, the more possible it is for a sag effect — but keep reading, as there are ways to fight back!

The Number Of Pounds You Have to Lose

The fewer pounds you need to lose, the less adjustment your skin needs to make.  Conversely, the more pounds, the higher possibility of some sag.

There’s a way to fight back here, too.  By losing weight slowly (no more than 2 pounds a week), you give your skin time to play “catch up” with your weight loss.  You’re less likely to show a saggy look.

Your Skin Type

If you have very dry skin, it has less of an ability to adapt to your weight loss.  Your best bet here is to splurge — with every 5 or 10 pounds gone, have a professionally-done facial.  And between times, use a good exfoliant and moisturizer suited to your skin.

If you have oily skin, you’re more in luck, as it tends to spring back faster.  But you can also benefit from a professional facial after every 10 or 15 pounds gone.  Meanwhile, exfoliate regularly and use a water-based moisturizer.

Combination skin — your have the best and worst of both.  Yep, a professional facial would also benefit your skin every 10 pounds or so and (you guessed it) exfoliate and moisturize appropriately.

Fight Back With Facecise!

Obviously you don’t want to add wrinkles to sagging, so common sense applies here — limit sun exposure and alcohol, and quit smoking — these all help.

So what can you do for the sag?  How about facial exercises?  The whole idea is that the face exercises strengthen and build up your muscles (cheeks, forehead, eyes, chin, throat) so that they hold up your skin better.

They are quick (usually about 20 minutes) and you can do them anywhere — at home, in the car, lying in bed before you go to sleep.

One book I’ve read and think is excellent (and am putting into practice) is by Carole Maggio called Facercise. Carole has packed a lot of information in this book, and the exercises cover every spot on your face — from forehead to throat.

A neat part of the book is in the beginning where she shows some real women’s before picture, and then after just 7 days — the book is worth it almost worth just those pictures, but Carole shows us how they did it!

And it’s not just about sagging — the facercises can also combat wrinkles.  While they may not totally go away, they can certainly be less noticeable and give you a younger appearance.

Oh, another way the facercises work is that they increase the blood flow to your face and that nourishes it…and helps to give your skin a bit of a glow.

I got excited when this book finally arrived and I was able to read it and then actually do the exercises.  Now I’ve only really done it once so far, and I’ve put my “before” pictures on the “Facercise Challenge” page.  I think then I’ll give it two weeks, get another photo, and then again 2 weeks after that.

Warning, though — they aren’t quite as easy as they initially seem from the book.  I just finished a set and my face is kind of sore — I didn’t realize how out-of-shape the muscles actually were!

So get a copy of the book and join me.  Let’s fight back with Facercise.

The book isn’t expensive at all (less than $11) so it’s cheaper than some of the face moisturizers you use!  Buy the book once and you have it the rest of your life.

Let’s get facercized!