As we get older, it’s normal for our skin to soften and start to sag. Fine lines start appearing in our thirties, deepening and multiplying as we age. Over time, our skin starts to thin, its texture changes, and areas can become slack.
This happens to the skin all over our bodies but is often more noticeable on our faces. For the most part, this is all a natural part of the aging process, but things like weight gain, pollution, makeup, bacteria, sun damage, and even gravity can make it worse.
Clinics all around the world offer surgeries and chemical treatments to reduce the signs of aging and tighten the skin on our faces. While some of these methods can be beneficial, there are also plenty of natural methods which can often be even more effective.
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Here’s a look at six of the best natural ways to tighten the skin on your face.
Exercise boosts muscle tone, which can keep our skin plump and healthy. It can also boost circulation, which improves skin tone and texture, and makes it more responsive to other changes.
Certain exercises can be incredibly effective, especially when practiced regularly. For example, mewing is when we press our tongues into the roof of our mouths gently to improve facial posture, and facial yoga works to tone the whole face and especially the skin around our eyes and mouth.
Chewing is something that we do all the time without ever thinking of it as exercise. When you chew, you stretch and tone the muscles around your mouth, and chewing can improve both jaw alignment and strength, which can give your skin a more youthful appearance.
Eating a varied diet with foods of different textures is great, but chewing gum during the day can offer an effective facial workout.
When we sing, we move our faces far more than we do when we speak. After a good singing session, it’s common to have a jaw ache because we’ve opened our mouths further and for longer than we would during our day-to-day lives.
This means that every time you sing, you exercise your face. If you enjoy singing, you might also spend the time smiling, adding more exercise for your facial muscles, and boosting circulation to your lips and the surrounding skin. All of this can help your skin to glow and tighten.
Moisturize and Use SPF
When our skin is dry, it becomes damaged and lined more easily. Moisturizing every day helps to keep it hydrated and plump, boosting skin tone and reducing the appearance of saggy skin. Try a homemade facial mask like these.
In the morning, apply a facial sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your face from sun damage, even in poor weather. Then, at night remove your makeup to give your skin a chance to breathe, cleanse thoroughly to remove bacteria, and moisturize to rehydrate your facial skin overnight.
When we’re overweight, our skin is forced to stretch, which can damage the connective tissue and increase sagging. But, losing weight too quickly, or without exercise to firm muscles, can also lead to a loss of tightness.
Following a healthy diet filled with nutrients, exercising regularly, and either maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight slowly and sustainably will help to tighten and tone your skin.
Massage is an incredibly easy and effective way to boost circulation and tighten your skin. Using something like a jade roller, or just your hands, gently massage your face for a few minutes each morning and night to increase blood flow.
The best news is that most of these methods won’t just tighten your face. They’ll also boost its tone, improve the health of your skin, and help you to achieve a youthful appearance with plump, glowing skin.
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