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How To Get a Slimmer Face: 5 Methods

Achieving a slimmer-looking face is a common aesthetic goal for many. It can provide a more youthful, healthy look and enhance your natural features by improving cheek contour and jawline...

Achieving a slimmer-looking face is a common aesthetic goal for many. It can provide a more youthful, healthy look and enhance your natural features by improving cheek contour and jawline definition. Unfortunately, many of us struggle with a puffy, fuller-looking face occasionally. If you’re hoping to slim down your face and reduce puffiness, keep reading to learn five simple methods to look sculpted, stat.

What’s Causing a Fuller Face?

There can be numerous reasons why your face seems fuller than it used to be. If you’ve recently gained weight, there’s a chance that you could be seeing some facial fat, but if you haven’t, the changes in your facial appearance probably aren’t from excess fat. Instead, it’s likely related to one of the following causes:

Fluid Retention

No one is exempt from bloating periodically, but it can interfere with your self-perception when it happens daily. Bloating in the face is often caused by fluid retention, which may be a result of too much sodium in your diet or not enough water. Aim to drink 9-12 cups of water each day, adding more if you consume caffeine or sodium regularly, to reduce fluid retention and ease bloating.

Alcohol Consumption

A glass of wine or one cocktail generally won’t do too much harm, but if you consistently wake up to puffiness in your face, your nightcap could be the culprit. Not only can drinking too close to bedtime cause you to wake up puffy, but it can also interfere with your sleep and even prematurely age your skin.

Carb Loading

Processed carbs can result in puffiness in the face or weight gain in the face and neck. Excess carbs are stored in the body as glycogen when we consume carbs. Each glycogen molecule has three grams of water attached, meaning we’re retaining water and possibly waking up looking puffy. 

Even though carbs are part of a healthy diet, make sure your carbs fit into a healthy lifestyle. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are sources of unrefined, smarter carb choices. 


Sleep deficit can cause fluid retention and puffiness. Additionally, sleeping on your stomach can cause your face to look extra swollen, as the fluid will pool in your face while laying face-down in your pillow. To reduce puffiness in the face, try to sleep on your back and get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.


There’s a possibility that you’ve inherited a round face from your family. Plump cheeks or a fuller face can be genetic, like high cheekbones or blue eyes. If your facial fullness is caused by genetics, there’s significantly less you can do to change or alter your features. However, there are still some steps you can take to get sculpted and contoured.

How To Slim Your Face: 5 Methods

Understanding the possible causes of a puffy or fuller-looking face can help you rule out common culprits and find the best way to achieve a slimmer appearance. Here are five things to keep in mind:

1. Diet Check

Ensure you get plenty of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates to maintain a healthy weight and reduce water retention in the face.

2. Sleep In

You’re setting yourself up for puffy-face problems if you don't sleep enough. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, but you may need more or less depending on your physical activity level. Remember that sleeping on your back can also reduce swelling in the face. 

3. Hydrate

In addition to calorie intake, water intake is just as important. Water is foundational to wellness and prevents you from retaining excess fluid.

4. Get Moving 

Aerobic exercise helps your lymphatic system drain properly. You have plenty of lymph nodes in your face and neck, and if they aren’t draining properly, it could be causing your face to look swollen. A little cardio can help kickstart the process of lymphatic drainage and send oxygen and blood to the skin.

5. Give Yourself Some TLC

You can use NuFACE Microcurrent Devices to deliver low-level electrical current to your skin and underlying facial structures to target visible puffiness, loss of contour, and even loss of resiliency. 

NuFACE Devices are FDA-cleared, safe, and fit conveniently into your schedule. Instead of spending 20 minutes performing awkward facial exercises, you can quickly and comfortably perform glides and holds over your skin to get a more sculpted, slimmer look in just five minutes per day. 

How To Use NuFACE for a Slim-Looking Face

  1. Cleanse. Using NuFACE Prep-N-Glow® Facial Wipes, cleanse the skin to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Prep-N-Glow wipes are a two-in-one towelette with a textured side to exfoliate the skin gently. Spritz Supercharged IonPlex® Facial Mist onto the skin to enhance hydration and prepare for your microcurrent treatment. 
  2. Boost. Apply a few drops of your favorite NuFACE Ionized Super Booster to your fingertips and gently massage into your skin. 
  3. Activate and lift. Before using your device, apply your favorite NuFACE Microcurrent Activator in a mask-like layer to the area you’ll be treating. Turn on your device and start performing glides and holds, especially along the contours of your cheekbones and jawline, to sculpt your skin and achieve a slimmer look. 

If your Microcurrent Activator becomes dry during your treatment, use an additional spray of IonPlex Facial Mist to activate the serum and keep your treatment comfortable. 

Make sure you have the NuFACE Smart App downloaded. The app gives you access to step-by-step tutorials, Selfie Tracker, and treatment reminders to stay on track. 

Sculpting Simplified

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we end up with a face that is slightly puffier than we’d like it to be. By adding a microcurrent treatment to your skincare routine, you can work to slim your face while addressing skin concerns like loss of resilience, firmness, fine lines, and wrinkles. 


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