When it comes to appearance, the face is by far the most remarkable body part that others notice first. It is not enough just to pamper your skin externally; a chiseled jawline and high cheek bones are the trends at the moment that define the face and give it a sharp edge. Facial exercises for toning the face are equally important as physical exercises that help in weight loss and toning the body. Bid adieu to chubby cheeks and the dreaded double chin naturally with these easy facial exercises.
The sagginess of the chin that is caused mainly due by increasing age, loss of collagen and excessive weight is called a double chin. Thankfully, the chin and neck can be toned effectively with these face exercises without the need for surgery.
The chin lift exercise is the best way to get rid of a double chin. It helps in working and stretching most of the facial muscles including the jaw, throat and neck. But make sure not to use any other facial muscle other than the lips while doing this exercise. You can perform this exercise either in the sitting or standing position. Begin by tilting your head towards the ceiling, keeping your eyes fixed towards it. Now, make your lips tight, as if trying to kiss the ceiling, hold it till a count of 5 seconds and relax. Repeat it 10 to 20 times at a stretch.
The platysma tone is an amazing double chin exercise that helps in toning the chin and cheek muscles, that provides you with a prominent jaw line. The platysma is a muscle arising from the chin and stretching to the shoulder. Working the platysma also helps in firming the neckline and prevents sagging of the neck. Start by sitting or standing in a straight posture. Open your mouth slightly pulling back your lips tight and turning them downward, move your jaw up and down while keeping your lips pressed against the teeth. Remember that the muscles of the jaw should be engaged and the tendons of the neck should feel the tension. Move you jaw up and down 20 times at a stretch and relax. Repeat this exercise 20 times.
Rolling the neck is one of the most effective exercises for getting rid of a double chin. It helps in toning the chin, jaw line and neck muscles and is also an effective exercise for promoting sleep and reducing stress. It helps in tightening the skin of the neck and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. You can practice it either in a sitting or standing position. Start in a straight position by keeping your head at the normal position. Now, gently bend your head to one side and lining with your chin, then slowly turn your head to that it makes a complete circular rotation. Remember to keep your spine straight and shoulders down at all times. Repeat it in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions for 3 to 4 minutes.
The lip pull is one of the most effective facial yoga exercises, which when performed regularly can help in lifting up the face muscles and take away years from your face, making you look more youthful with high cheekbones and a prominent jaw line. Begin in a standing or sitting position with your head in the normal position. Now, lift your lower lip up as much as possible by pushing the lower jaw out. You will feel the stretch and tension build in the chin muscles and jaw line. Remain in this posture for 10 to 15 seconds and relax. Perform the lip pull exercise 10 to 15 times at a stretch.
Get attractive, strong cheekbones and a prominent jaw line with the jaw release exercise, which is one of the most effective facial exercises for double chin reduction. It helps in stretching and working the muscles around the lips, jaws and cheeks. Start by sitting or standing in a straight posture and moving your jaw as if you are chewing while keeping your lips closed. Breathe in deeply and breathe out while humming. Next, open your mouth wide with your tongue pressed against your bottom teeth. Hold this posture for 5 seconds, now breath in and out again. This makes one repetition. Repeat this entire exercise 10 to 15 times at a stretch.
The cute and chubby cheeks of a baby are perhaps the most adorable things on earth, but as we grow up, the definition of beauty changes and well-sculpted jaw line and prominent cheekbones become more desirable. Here are a few simple movements that can help you shed the baby fat from the face and provide you with sculpted cheekbones.
The fish face exercise, also known as the “smiling fish face” is an easy and one of the best facial exercises for cheeks that you can do anywhere you like while watching T.V, taking a shower or reading your favorite book. This exercise helps in toning and stretching the cheek muscles and reducing the flabbiness. Simply suck in your cheeks and lips as we use to do as kids and form a fish face, now try smiling, hold the posture for 5 seconds, you will feel the burn in your cheeks and jaws. Now relax and again repeat it 15 to 20 times at a stretch for best results.
Common face movements as we speak or chew also helps in working and toning the muscles of the face. The X-O pose is yet another easy to do facial exercise to get rid of chubby cheeks. This exercise simply involves maneuvering your face to pronounce the alphabets X and O repeatedly in a pronounced manner so that it works the jaws, cheeks and neck muscles. The best thing is that this exercise can be done anywhere and anytime, in your car, at your desk, while watching T.V or just relaxing. This exercise helps in moving the jaws in both ways and helps in burning fat from the cheeks and toning the cheek muscles.
A wide smile is one of the best exercises to tone the cheek muscles, and the cheek lift exercise is based on the smile movement itself. It helps in toning and firming drooping cheeks and smoothing cheek folds to give you a younger looking face. Start in a comfortable sitting position and smile as wide as you can and lift yup your cheeks towards your eyes. You will sense the stretch and strain in your cheek muscles. You do this exercise by shutting your eyes for a better lift. Hold the posture for 15 seconds and relax your face. Repeat it 15 times at a stretch for best results.
The blowing air exercise helps in working almost all the facial and neck muscles and is one of the effective face exercises to reduce double chin and get rid of chubby cheeks. It targets the cheeks, jaws and neck muscles and tones them to provide a natural face lift to give a leaner appearance. Sit on a chair with your spine straight, tilt your head back as much as you can so that you face the ceiling, pucker your lips and blow out air from your mouth. Continue for 5 to 10 seconds and relax. Repeat it 15 to 20 times at a stretch for best results.
The mouthwash move is a simple face exercise that helps in stretching and working the cheek muscles and reduces flabbiness of cheeks. It helps to strengthen and build the cheek muscles and also helps in reducing double chin. Start by sitting in a comfortable position; now fill up one of your cheeks with air and transfer the air from one cheek to another as you would do with mouthwash. Continue it for 1 minute and relax. Repeat it 5 to 10 times at a stretch for best results.
Following these simple tips along with the above-mentioned exercises can help in reducing flab from your face.
Now, get a lean and youthful face, well-defined jaw line and prominent cheek-bones like celebrities naturally without the hassle of surgeries with these easy to do facial exercises.
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Devi Gajendran is a Post Graduate in Nutrition (University of Madras, Tamil Nadu) and has tons of experience in Fitness and Nutrition. She is the chief advisor and full time contributor at the Fit Indian and has the final say on all the segments under the Fit Indian paradigm, such as beauty, fitness, home remedies, diseases, diet tips, weight loss, weight gain and so on. A foodie herself, she believes in the Hippocrates quote,” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A fitness enthusiast, she believes that the combination of diet and exercise can work wonders. When she is not sharing her valuable knowledge about food and fitness, she likes to spend quality time with her family members, do some healthy baking and listen to soft soulful music.
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