You might be surprised to learn that there are 44 muscles just in your face. As you age, they naturally lose strength and tone. One area that's particularly prone to sagging is the jaw line, although regular exercises can help build the jaw muscles and keep skin firm and lifted.
Perform facial exercises regularly and combine them with a healthy diet, exercise, good skin care and a sun protection routine.
Consider Jawline Exercises
Facial exercises force the muscles to expand and contract. This helps force lymph — excess fluid — from areas such as the jaw line, where it often accumulates and causes sagging, says the TargetWoman health and lifestyle website.
Facial exercises also bring nutrients into the skin, reducing blemishes and shrinking pores. Additional benefits include reduced puffiness and bags under the eyes. Facial exercises should take no more than 30 minutes per day.
Stretch Your Tongue
Tongue exercises are particularly good for flexing the jaw muscles.
Sit up straight and slowly raise your chin so that you're looking at the ceiling. Keep your shoulders relaxed to avoid neck strain. Stick your tongue out and down, trying to get the tip to touch your chin. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat three times.
Stick your tongue straight out as far as you comfortably can. Hold this for 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat three times.
Lip Raise and Jaw Drop
This exercise works the chin and the muscles at the front of your neck, which help support the skin on the jaw line. While doing this exercise, you should feel the neck muscles and chin tighten, says the Shape Your Face website.
Raise your lower lip past your top lip, which should make your chin tense and pucker. Hold this position for a few seconds; then firmly drop your lower jaw, keeping the rest of your face and head still. This movement will cause your neck muscles to contract. Hold for a few seconds, relax and aim for at least two sets of 10 repetitions.
Stretch Your Jaw
It's just as important to stretch the jaw muscles as it is to strengthen them. This helps ensure tension is released and promotes good circulation. A good way to stretch the jaw muscles is to sit up straight with your lips closed and relaxed, says the Fitness Health Zone website.
Gently tilt your head back so you're looking at the ceiling; then form an O-shape with your lips. This pulls the skin tight over your jaw bone. Hold for 20 seconds, relax and repeat one or two times.
Puff Your Cheeks — Pucker Up
Strengthen your cheek muscles as part of your jawline workout. Breathe in deeply and puff out both cheeks. Keep your lips together and hold this pressure for five seconds. Repeat this exercise by holding air in just the left cheek; then just the right.
Pucker your lips as if you are about to kiss someone. Hold this position for 5 seconds; then relax. Repeat this exercise but move your lips from side to side 10 times while maintaining a puckered position.
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