Facial Exercises

by Chéri Marie

Hello everyone! So I read an article today showing all the celebrities who have been caught in photos with double chins. Hey, everyone has bad days and everyone gets snapped sometimes at a bad angle…it happens! However, there are some helpful facial exercises that you can do to prevent that double chin and to tone up your face without surgery or nasty fillers. Of course, it all starts with having good posture (see a few posts back…).

I’m all about natural beauty and taking care of yourself—prevention and maintenance! My mom was always telling me about facial exercises years ago…These are some great things to start doing:

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Tilt Your Head

One exercise you can do easily is to tilt your head while lying down (such as when you’re sleeping). Lie on your side, and as you lay your head down, tilt your head back so your chin is stretched out a little bit. You don’t want to crane your neck back; just tilt your chin up and head back just a little. You should be comfortable enough so you could sleep in this position. Eventually, you’ll train your body to naturally go to this position while you sleep, keeping your throat open and clear while making a difference on your double chin.

Chin Slap

If you’ve seen old movies about making old movies, you’ve probably seen actors and actresses slapping their chins. There’s a good reason for this: it actually works to get rid of a double chin. With the back of your hand, gently and slowly slap underneath your chin. Gradually go faster. Do this exercise several times a day for a few minutes at a time.  This is as simple as face exercises for your chin can get.  But sometimes simple is nice!

Lip Pull

Stand with good posture with your head in its natural position. Push your jaw out and lift your lower lip as high on your face as possible. Hold it in that position for 10 seconds, then relax. You should feel the muscles directly underneath your chin stretch a bit.  And you will REALLY feel this in your jaw and jawline! Do this 10 times every day.

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Platysma muscles from chest to the chin and jaw

Of course, in addition to these exercises, a good diet and healthy lifestyle matters! Also, I notice that for me, practicing yoga has been a wonderful thing for my body and really does tone up even these muscles!

Special thanks to John Socratous for these tips!

Side Note: From my years of working in the beauty world, there was an absolutely gorgeous lady whom I would often see at events. I truly could never tell how old she was and one day I mustered up the courage to ask her what her beauty secret was! She told me that she trained herself to sleep on her back to prevent wrinkles and she used Vitamin C….hmmmmm…..

Another good tip for facial muscles? Smiling and Kissing 😉

Stay beautiful my readers!

xoxo

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