Face exercise [Grimace your way to a more toned skin]

It is no wonder face exercise has gained such success recently. Although it’s been around a while, it has only been recently that it proved to be one of the best natural skin care tactics for healthier, evenly toned skin.

The reason it is so popular is simple: it can be done anywhere, anytime, and at absolutely no investment – except a bit of your time every day.

No creams, and no skin care recipes for that matter, will do much difference if the deeper layers of the skin structure are not taken care of. Underlying muscles support the skin providing smoothness and firmness. If those muscles are not exercised, just like other body muscles, their tonus weakens and the skin becomes loose.

I love this image because it describes perfectly how silly you might feel when you start doing these exercises. But, who cares! Once you start doing them regularly, they’ll become familiar and a part of your routine. And once you start seeing the results, all the silliness will go away!

This regimen is versatile, it can target any part of the face and neck, depending on what you want to focus on. Browse the techniques below and choose the one that will suite your needs the best.

Remember: Be persistent, do it regularly, and you’ll see great results!

Double chin exercises

Facial Exercises To Tone Sagging Neck And Jowls

Double chin exercises are probably the most popular of all face tightening exercises. The reason for this is that these exercises not only help diminish double chin but also help in tightening of the sagging or loose neck skin as well as diminishing of jowls.

Here are 3 great exercises. After you read the article, be sure to watch a great double chin exercises video following the article.

Facial Exercises To Tone Sagging Neck And Jowls

Facial exercises, when done properly can serve as a huge benefit to tone sagging neck and jowls. I prefer to call it the “double-chin” syndrome. It is one that can be easily corrected with the following exercises.

I highly recommend these three easy free face exercises to avoid double chin. If performed 3 times a week you will notice a difference after 1 week or so.

Exercise 1: Sit or stand upright and tilt your head to the ceiling while keeping your lips together but not forcing them closed. Start a chewing movement – you will feel the muscles working. Repeat the chewing movement 20 times. This is a good exercise to help rid you of a double chin.

Exercise 2: Sit upright and tilt your head looking to the ceiling while keeping your lips together but relaxed. Next move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible and keep for a count of five. Return head to normal position and repeat exercise 10 times.

Exercise 3: Sit or stand upright and gently turn your head to the left, without dropping or lifting your chin. Turn your head until you feel a stretching sensation. Hold in this position for 5 counts and then gently move your head to the right-hand side and keep for a count of 5. Repeat 3 times.

These are just a few of the more simpler, easier facial exercises to tone sagging neck and jowls and also to reduce double chin. There are some more intense facial exercises covered but I decided to illustrate these two easier ones so the beginner can see for themselves how effective and easy it is to get results with facial exercises!

Double chin exercises video

Double chin exercises video will help you understand better how to perform these exercises for best results. I had a difficult time finding good videos on this topic but here is a very detailed one.

This video will help you understand better how to perform these exercises for best results. I had a difficult time finding good videos on this topic but here is a very detailed one.

Double chin is the first obvious sign of weight gain or sagging skin. Although some of the surface problems can be fixed with topical creams and lotions, the deeper level of the muscle tissue needs reparation in order to regain its original elasticity. Like other muscles in the body, facial muscles need to be a worker to remain strong. We often, however, forget about this and focus mainly on the skin or the visible layer of the face. Over time, of course, muscles become weak and wear and tear starts to appear.

Prevention is the best way to approach this problem. Consistency is the key. It is unrealistic to expect results overnight and don’t bother wasting money on products that promise you this. Keep up with it, a few minutes a day add up and before you know it, you will see improvement.

Even advanced conditions can be remedied with improved nutrition and regular exercises so it is never too late to start a regimen that you can stick with.

If you’re new to face exercises, you might want to read up on it first to get an idea of why they have become so popular recently.

Face tightening exercises

Unfortunately, there aren’t best face tightening exercises, just like there is no ultimate exercise that will fit your entire body.

You want to address all the major muscle groups and refrain from spot training because as you age, all areas of the face will eventually concern you.

However, unlike skeletal muscles, the muscles of the face are directly attached to the skin and to other muscles and bones of the face. This is good and bad; the bad part is once some of the facial muscles begin to sag and lose elasticity, it pulls the skin with it causing that sagging look that we all hate. The good part is once you start exercising key muscle groups of the face, other muscles and skin will respond and start to lift and firm.

Below are the main key muscle groups of the face and the areas you want to concentrate on. The key muscle groups include:

  • Eyes or Orbicularis Oculi used to close eyelids
  • Cheeks or Caput Infra-Orbitale used to pull cheeks upwards
  • Mouth or Orbicularis Oris used to close the mouth
  • Chin or Mentalis muscle used to pull chin upward
  • Neck or Platysma used to pull the skin from the side of the neck upward and corners of mouth down

Jowl lift Helps tighten sagging pouches along the jaw bone …. the ones that develop at the lower corners of the mouth. Over time this droop sometimes changes the appearance of the face giving it a squarish look.

First, I want you to feel the muscle we are after.

Place your thumb and forefinger on either side of your chin, feeling your jaw bone.

To feel the muscle that we are after, try to make a smile with a closed mouth drawing the corners of your mouth out toward your ears. Do this a few times until you feel the muscle involved in this movement.

Here is the exercise:

Now, put your thumb and forefinger in place again and smile; only this time, try to hold the muscle in place creating resistance…as if to stop the smile or bring it back.

You may feel your fingers slid across your chin until they meet.
Hold for the count of 10, then let go and relax.

Repeat for 3 sets.

These simple, yet effective techniques will certainly improve the appearance of your facial skin. All you need to invest is some time and patience.

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Monika Hristova

Monika is the Editor-in-Chief at SkinPractice. She is a skin care addict and researcher, who feels strongly about helping people with different dermatology conditions from alopecia to warts.

You can read her recommendations and advice both here at SkinPractice or at Quora where she answers skincare-related questions frequently and is the most viewed author in the Skincare category with more than 3 million views or follow her on LinkedIn.

She is also a certified skin care specialist with certification from the Medical College in Sofia.

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