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Exercises for Firming a Sagging Face

author image Chris Passas
Chris Passas is a freelance writer from Nags Head, N.C. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He has written online instructional articles since September 2009.
Exercises for Firming a Sagging Face
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Exercises to firm a sagging face function by firming the underlying muscles of the face to give the skin a more even appearance. Exercises for your facial muscles do not require special equipment and you can perform most of them at home in your spare time. Keep in mind that while exercises can help firm up underlying muscles of the face, you'll need to combine cardiovascular exercise with your face toning exercise to lose weight in the face, if needed.

Sphinx Smile

Lift the corners of your mouth to smile. Avoid creasing the corners of your eyes by keeping your eyes neutral. Repeat this exercise three or four times. Yoga instructor Annelise Hagen, author of "The Yoga Face," recommends this exercise to prevent excessive wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.

Buddha Face

Close your eyes and concentrate on an imaginary point between your eyebrows. Hagen suggests imagining a small disk of light that slowly expands as you relax the muscles of your face. This exercise trains you to be aware of what your facial muscles are doing and how to relax them if they become overly tight.

Surprise Me

Widen your eyes, but avoid wrinkling your forehead. Focus on a point in front of you for between five and 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise up to four times. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Aboolian notes in The Los Angeles Times that this exercise can tone the muscles of the forehead because those muscles are the easiest facial muscles to exercise.

Puffy Cheeks

Puff out both of your cheeks and shift the air in your mouth from one cheek to the other. Continue the exercise until you feel you are out of breath. Repeat the exercise three times to help keep your cheeks firm.

Air Kisses

Pucker your lips, but keep your brow smooth as you blow air kisses four times. Place two fingers to your lips and blow air kisses again for three or four repetitions. Hagen says this exercise works to keep the lips strong.

Lion Face

Inhale through your nose as you ball your hands into fists and flex the muscles of your face. Exhale through your mouth as you stick out your tongue, roll your eyes and open your hands. Repeat three times. Hagan suggests this exercise for stretching and relieving tension in the muscles of your face.

Fish Face

Smile while pursing your lips, then suck the inside of your cheeks into the gap between the sides of your teeth to create a fish face. Perform this exercise five times to firm and tone your lips and cheeks, suggests Hagen.

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