I am really excited to be writing a post about sagging cheeks and sagging jowls because I know a few really good all-natural home remedies that you can use to fight back against these unwanted signs of aging. If you have recently noticed that your cheeks appear to be sagging, you could rush off to get Botox injections and you would see a remarkable difference in almost no time at all. Of course, we all know that Botox injections cost money, a lot of money. Not everyone can afford Botox treatments, and many people, including myself, simply don’t like the idea of having an extremely toxic substance injected into our skin on a regular basis. Cosmetic surgery is also not a viable option for many of us.
For those of us who can’t afford Botox or surgery, we have to look for other ways to deal with things like sagging cheeks. Fortunately, there are many products on the market nowadays that can be used to lift and firm your cheeks, and also reduce the appearance of cheek wrinkles. As is to be expected, some products work better than others.
Finding products that really do work can be quite a challenge in itself. Don’t for a minute think that a high price tag equates to a high quality because it just does not work that way. To make matters even more difficult, many of the products you see on the shelves are crammed full of harsh chemicals which actually end up doing more harm than good in the long run.
Okay, I promised you 8 awesome all-natural home remedies for dealing with sagging cheeks, so let’s go ahead and see what they are. Before I start, I just want to add that I am a big fan of all-natural skin care products that can reduce wrinkles. However, the remedies which I am about to share with you can help you to save some money, and the great news is that they actually do work. Alright, let’s get started.
Adopt a Beneficial Face Washing Regime
Add Antioxidant Foods to Your Diet
Let’s face it; many of us have retired to our beds at night without washing our face first. This is ALWAYS a bad idea, but it is even worse if you have been wearing makeup during the day. Many types of makeup clog your pores, and countless different types of makeup contain harsh chemicals. Some of these chemicals can be absorbed or partly absorbed by your skin.
A process known as oxidation plays a huge role in the formation of wrinkles, sagging cheeks; sagging neck skin, and etc. Many chemicals found in skin care products actually contribute to the oxidation process, so you don’t want to leave these types of chemicals on your skin any longer than you need to. Don’t forget, our bodies carry out various repairs and maintenance when we sleep, and when you go to sleep without first washing your face, you are essentially disrupting this maintenance process.
Before you go to bed for the night, it is really important that you wash your face thoroughly with a mild and gentle water-based facial cleanser. Once you have finished washing your face, rinse it properly, and then rinse again with cold water. The cold water makes your pores contract. You don’t need to do anything further, but you may want to consider applying a little bit of pure coconut oil to serve as a moisturizer.
As I have mentioned above, oxidation plays a significant role when it comes to aging of the skin. With that in mind, it only makes sense that we should look for ways to combat oxidation. One way to do this is by adding various foods to our diet; foods that are rich in antioxidants. While there are many such foods available, some tend to stand out above the rest because not only are they rich in antioxidants, but they are also very vitamin and mineral dense. According to the WebMD website, the top 10 contenders are:
- Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach.
- Sweet potatoes and orange vegetables such as carrots, acorn squash and butternut.
- Fish and particularly oily types such as sardines, mackerel and albacore tuna.
- Beans such as green soy beans, kidney beans and lentils.
- Whole grain foods.
- Tea, and especially green tea because it contains a particularly powerful antioxidant.
- Nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and etc.
- Red and blue berries such as raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
- Blue grapes, purple grapes and red grapes.
- Dark chocolate because it can contain up to 15 mmol of antioxidants for every 3.5 ounces.
Not only can the above foods benefit your skin, but many of them are also believed to reduce the risk of developing serious illnesses such as cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
Exploit the Power of Coconut Oil
If you only try one of these 10 remedies, please let it be this one because you won’t be sorry. Now, before you rush out to buy some coconut oil, I must point out that you need to buy good quality oil. It should ideally be organic and free of any added fragrance. Pure high quality coconut oil is a top-notch moisturizer. Although it is commonly used for treating dry skin, not many people are aware of the fact that it can effectively reduce the severity of fine lines and wrinkles, and also prevent or reduce sagging skin. If you don’t believe me, you can visit the National Library of Medicine to see the results of a study which was carried out by the National Institute of Health.
While different people will have different routines, I would recommend that you apply a tiny amount of coconut oil to your skin in the morning, and again in the evening after you have washed your face, prior to going to bed. It is also a good idea to use coconut oil on your neck as well because neck skin is also prone to sagging.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Although more and more people are becoming aware of the negative effects sugar can have on their health, many still only associate sugar with things like weight gain and obesity. Unfortunately, consuming too much “added sugar” in your diet does not only increase your waistline. It also contributes to premature skin aging.
I am not going to try and explain the exact reasons why or how added sugar effects premature skin aging. I am not a medical expert, so I am not even sure if I understand the connection properly, but if you want to read more about this, you can do so here.
The bottom line is that most of us get all the sugar we need from the various foods we consume, without needing any additional added sugar. According to the Medical News Today website, adult males should consume no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Woman and children below the age of 18 should consume no more than 6 teaspoons. So, if sagging cheeks are a major concern for you, I would highly recommend that you start reducing your sugar intake.
The Power of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene
Way back in 2010, the National Institute of Health conducted a very interesting study to determine the effects of beta carotene on aging skin, and the results were rather remarkable. According to the study, even low doses of beta carotene resulted in a significant improvement in facial wrinkles and skin elasticity. So, not only can beta carotene help to prevent cheeks from sagging, but it can also reverse sagging, depending on the severity.
Beta carotene also helps to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. It acts as a natural form of sunscreen that works from the inside by inducing certain changes in your skin. Vitamin A is another potent tool which you need to add to your arsenal if you want to fight the effects of aging skin. Vitamin A not only stimulates collagen production, but it also promotes skin elasticity. You can get your beta carotene and vitamin A from a number of foods, and especially from foods like carrots, kale, spinach and sweet potatoes. Apricots and cantaloupe are also good sources of beta carotene and vitamin A.
Egg Whites and Honey Treatment
I’m not going to reference any particular studies relating to the effectiveness of both egg whites and honey when used for treating wrinkles and sagging skin. You only need to do a tiny bit of research to discover just how beneficial these two ingredients can be when it comes to smoothing out wrinkles and giving your facial skin a natural lift.
If you decide to try this treatment, you can of course experiment a bit, but this is how I do it:
- Step 1. Place the egg white of one egg in a clean bowl.
- Step 2. Add 2 tablespoons of pure honey.
- Step 3. Mix together thoroughly until you have a smooth paste.
- Step 4. Apply evenly to your face and your neck (optional).
- Step 5. Leave the paste on for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Step 6. Wash off thoroughly with slightly warm water or with cold water.
While nothing is preventing you from applying the paste to all areas of your face, I don’t recommend applying it to the more sensitive areas around your eyes. Also, while I can’t see how this treatment could cause any harm if done on a daily basis, I personally feel that doing it once a week is perfectly adequate.
Facial exercises have been very popular for ages already among people who want to reduce or prevent premature skin aging. These days, there are many different facial exercise routines being promoted on the internet. Exercise can be used to tone and strengthen muscles anywhere in our body, and our face muscles are no exception.
When the muscles in your face begin to weaken and lose tone, the surrounding areas of skin soon follow. When this happens, we end up with sagging skin. Don’t expect to see results overnight, but if you adopt a good facial exercise regimen, and you stick to it, you will almost certainly notice a very visible improvement. By the way, if you are wondering how to get rid of jowls as well, you will be pleased to know that you can reduce or even get rid of your jowls completely just by doing some regular facial exercises that have been designed specifically for reducing jowls.
Stay Adequately Hydrated
Staying adequately hydrated is absolutely crucial if you want your skin to remain as youthful looking as possible. If you fail to keep your body properly hydrated, it will simply be impossible for you to prevent premature skin aging, and when it starts to happen, the first place you are going to notice it will be on your face.
If you are reading this, it means that you have access to the internet and access to a computer or other type of device that allows you to access the internet. There are billions of people who are in the same position, and for them and millions of others (including myself), clean drinking water is both affordable and plentiful. Ironically, so many people fail to drink an adequate amount of water each day despite knowing how important it is. The great news is that water doesn’t only benefit your overall health. It can also do a lot in helping you to retain a healthy and youthful looking skin.
Lift Your Cheeks and Get Rid of Jowls Naturally
None of us want to have sagging cheeks, but before you choose the radical option of going for a surgical cheek lift procedure, please consider trying a natural approach first. While every surgical procedure comes with a relatively high degree of risk, the home remedies I have discussed in this post are all perfectly safe. Using remedies such as these may take a while to deliver visible results, but they are free and without risk. You can also boost their effectiveness and speed things along if you really must. There are many good skin care products that can make your quest easier and allow you to see results quicker than you otherwise would. Lastly, if you are concerned about your diet, you can always start taking some good quality dietary supplements. Just remember to discuss this with your doctor first if you are currently taking any medication.
Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check back regularly for more posts relating to face beauty and natural skin care solutions.