Round or fat cheeks can make your face look heavy and older, even if you have a healthy body weight. Gravity and age can also stretch and loosen cheek and chin muscles, resulting in jowls at the jaw and neck. Dieting and a regular exercise routine may not affect the fat pads in your cheeks and face. Facial muscles have to be isolated, targeted and exercised for toning and slimming, just as you do with the other muscles of your body.
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Slim Fat Cheeks
To slim and firm round chipmunk cheeks try this facial exercise. While sitting or standing up straight, tilt your head back to look toward the ceiling and push your chin out. At the same time suck cheeks in as much as possible. Hold this position for five seconds, relax and repeat 10 to 15 times.
Slim and lift the cheeks to prevent the appearance of jowls and define cheekbones with this exercise. Sit or stand upright and place your fingers on each cheekbone to gently lift the skin up and over cheekbones. Open your mouth to form a long, oval shape. Hold this for five seconds, relax and repeat. You should feel resistance in the muscles of the cheeks; this tones and slims the face.
Slim Lower Face
To decrease fat around the mouth and chin, work these muscles by using two fingers of each hand to gently pull down the corners of the mouth to frown. While holding this position to create muscle resistance, pull the mouth up by smiling while keeping your lips closed. Count to five before relaxing and repeating.
Slim and Tone the Jaw
Jowls and fat on the jaw line can cause a heavy, drooping face. To sharpen features and tone the jaw line try these face-slimming exercises. While sitting or standing straight, tilt your head back and look toward the ceiling. Move the lower lip over the upper lip as far as possible. You should feel resistance in the neck and jaw muscles close to the ears. Hold this for a count of five to 10, relax and repeat up to 15 times.
Try this exercise that uses the tongue and neck muscles to reduce a double chin and jowls. Lie on a bed so your head hangs off the edge. Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth and slowly lift your head so your chin is pointing toward the chest. Hold this position for a count of five. Relax and repeat five to 10 times.