While there’s nothing you can do to change your genetics or spot-reduce fat, there are some ways you can help thin out a ballooning face:
1. Fight Water Retention
Excess alcohol, sugar, and salt intake are all causes of fuller faces. They can all cause your body’s tissues—including those in your face—to hold onto water. Cut down on your consumption of these face-bloaters, and up your intake of water. When you are dehydrated, your body is more apt to retain any water flowing through it.
2. Treat Any Food Intolerances
People with food allergies or intolerances such as gluten sensitivity and irritable bowel syndrome often complain of fuller faces. Bloating is a common symptom that something’s not right with your digestive process. See a doc if you experience this.
3. Your Hormones Are Surging
If your face swells during “that time of the month, you may benefit from talking to your gyno about steadying your hormones. Right before your period strikes, your body experiences a spike in the hormone progesterone, which is to thank for most PMS symptoms, including facial swelling. If you’re also experiencing hot flashes and your periods are irregular, you may be entering into perimenopause, which leads up to menopause and can last for years. Think that’s an older woman’s problem? Think again. In some women, perimenopause starts as early as their mid-thirties.