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How to Slim Down Puffy Cheeks

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How to Slim Down Puffy Cheeks
A woman with slim cheeks. Photo Credit ShabbyDatwin/iStock/Getty Images

Whether you spent the night partying, had an early wake-up call or simply find your cheeks a little too plump, puffy cheeks can change the entire appearance of your face. Plump, pinchable cheeks are certainly not a bad thing -- but if you prefer a trimmer look, you can turn to plenty of slimming methods. It takes a combination of tactics -- both short and long term -- to slim down your visage.

Step 1

Hydrate with nine 8-ounce glasses of water every day. If your body isn't properly hydrated, it attempts to hold onto the water stores it does have, resulting in a bloated and puffy face. Always have a glass of water first thing in the morning.

Step 2

Eat more hydrating foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. Apples, cantaloupe, carrots, celery, iceberg lettuce and oranges work particularly well in keeping your body -- and your cheeks -- properly hydrated.

Step 3

Avoid drinking alcohol. One of the key causes of facial bloat, alcohol dehydrates your body, resulting in puffy cheeks and baggy eyes. Similarly, reduce the amount of salt and high-sodium foods you eat. Like alcohol, salty snacks and processed foods often lead to a swollen look.

Step 4

Trim calories from your diet and burn additional calories through cardiovascular and strength-training exercises, such as running, swimming, jogging and weightlifting. As you burn calories and gain muscle tone, your entire body -- including your face and cheeks -- firms up. Over time, less fat reveals slimmer facial features.

Step 5

Sleep with your head somewhat elevated, such as on a tall stack of pillows, to reduce the chances of facial swelling in the morning.

Step 6

Apply a simple cold compress made of ice cubes wrapped in a clean towel to your cheeks. Leave the compress on for about 10 minutes. This quick remedy helps reduce puffiness from normal swelling or bloating.

Step 7

Apply highlighter just at the top of your cheekbones when doing your makeup. Blend a bright-colored cream or blush below the highlighter, in the center of your cheeks. Apply bronzer or a darker powder under the cheekbones, blending as you go. This creates a sclupted effect, lifting your cheekbones and lending your cheeks a more angular aspect.

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