Sagging jowls age you and change the shape of your face. They start their downward path due to the natural loss of collagen and elastin, proteins that boost your skin's elasticity. Slack muscles accentuate the sag, as they can't make up for the loss of skin support.
The muscles in your face are smaller, but not that different from the larger upper- and lower body muscles you tone and strengthen in your yoga practice. They benefit from a little attention too, and in the process, you can take years off your face.
Certain yoga-inspired exercises promise to add a little lift back to your jowls by increasing blood flow and potentially increasing firmness in the muscles. Add them to your daily regimen along with a regular yoga practice, which helps reduce stress and make you look younger, too.
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Before beginning facial yoga specific to your jaw, warm up your face. Warming up helps increase circulation to your face so it's ready to benefit from the facial yoga exercises. Do neck circles in both directions for five to 10 repetitions. Then, lift your cheeks up and down at a moderate pace, almost like you're smiling. Do this for 15 to 30 seconds. Finally, sit still and relax your facial muscles entirely for 10 full breaths.
Sit comfortably with your head parallel to the floor. Inhale and tilt your head back. Pause momentarily as you jut your chin toward the ceiling. As you exhale, lower your chin toward your chest. Repeat three to five times total. Then hold your fingers at the corners of your mouth and gently lift them up as as your thumbs rest on your collarbones. Breathe for four complete inhales and exhales.
Jowl and Cheek Exercise
Relax your face and draw your lips together. Inhale and scrunch up your upper lip as if you were only puckering it. Add a slight smile, lips still closed. You'll feel the jaw stiffen. Hold for five full breaths. Do this yoga move three to five times.
Lower Lip Pout
Sit comfortably and relax your face. Inhale and press your lips together. Jut the lower lip forward and lift it up to cover your upper lip. Hold for the exhale and then release. Repeat five more times.
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