Excess fat around the face can give you a heavier appearance. Exercises that strengthen and tone the facial muscles will give you a tighter appearance, but to actually lose extra fat, you will need to lose overall body fat. Eating a diet that is low in saturated fats and exercising daily can help you shed extra weight and give you a noticeably thinner face quickly. An added benefit of facial exercises is the natural lift you get, giving you a smoother younger appearance, notes Carole Maggio, author of "Carole Maggio: Facercise."
Yoga Face Twist
Stand with your feet in split stand right foot forward, warrior pose. Lean forward and place your left elbow on the outside of your right thigh. Press your hands together, stabilize your torso and sink into the pose.
Lift your right shoulder toward the ceiling and open your chest. Slowly twist your head to look up at the ceiling, keeping your shoulders in correct alignment. Press your back heel into the floor for stability.
Focus your gaze on the ceiling. Inhale and twist your lips up toward the ceiling as far as you can. Feel your face stretch to the right. Hold for three to five counts.
Release the facial twist and bring your gaze back to center. Sink deeper into the pose if you can, and repeat the facial twist two to three more times.
Relax your torso back to center, chest over your right thigh. Slowly extend up out of the forward bend and pull your shoulders up toward the ceiling to stand in warrior pose. Release warrior pose and turn to center. Repeat the entire exercise on your left side.
Hook a Fish
Sit or stand comfortably with your shoulders away from your ears. Place your head in neutral alignment, facing forward and your chin parallel to the floor. Open your eyes and relax your face.
Open your mouth and gently place your right forefinger on the corner of your mouth on the right, and your left forefinger on the corner of your mouth on the left.
Stretch the mouth out slowly with your fingers. Simultaneously squeeze your fingers with your mouth. Feel your mouth and cheek muscles engage. Hold for five to eight seconds.
Release the tension from your mouth and cheek muscles. Inhale and repeat the exercise 10 to 15 times.
- Carole Maggio Facercise: The Dynamic Muscle-Toning Program for Renewed Vitality and a More Youthful Appearance; Carole Maggio; Perigee Trade; 2002
- Gaiam.com: Face Yoga Fountain of Youth?
- ShapeYourFace.com: Exercise Two -- Muscles Around The Mouth