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I've been searching for simple facial exercises for the cheeks and mid-face area. Firmer, fuller cheeks can really give you a more youthful appearance. Plus, when you lift sagging cheeks the lower part of the face gets a small lift too.
I'll show you the face exercises for sagging cheeks that gave me the best results in the least amount of time.
With that being said - here is one simple facial exercise that can help firm the cheeks and even tighten the lower half of the face.
This cheek exercise is from Carolyn's Facial Fitness program. She adds an interesting twist to this and suggests doing these exercises lying down for best results.
This allows you to take advantage of gravity for faster results.
Start with a clean face. Lie flat on the floor or in bed (without a pillow).
To create more resistance, use the butt of your palms and try raising your head a few inches off the floor at the same time you're pushing down on your cheeks. Then lower your head back to the floor and release/relax.
Results - Aside from a little soreness, most people begin to see results within a couple of weeks. Yes, a couple of weeks! Cheek muscles tend to build quickly for most people. Check out my before and after cheek results here!
While the exercise for sagging cheeks listed above helps build-up the cheek muscles, some of us (depending of our face shape) may desire a more rounded cheek.
This next exercise - The Cheek Shaper - designed by Carolyn helps shape the cheeks from the bottom too.
The Cheek Shaper
This exercise will even out uneven cheek building and be sure you build your cheeks evenly and in balance.
Almost all of Carolyn's facial exercises require you to make what she calls the "Long O" face by wrapping your upper and lower lips around your teeth and then smiling.
Why do this? Because it helps keep your face muscles taut so you don't pull and tug on the skin but instead you're able to isolate and work the muscle. Plus, this movement alone helps tighten cheek muscles even before you start doing the exercise.
Here is a video explaining the long "O" face technique.
Most experts in the facial exercise field warn about exercising only one area of the face (i.e. spot training).
It’s fine to do extra exercises for troubled spots or if you want faster results in a particular area, but don't over do them and make sure you're doing a full complete facial exercise program.
In the past I've been tempted to spot train certain areas that bothered me. What I got was a bulky odd, overbuilt look.
Working ALL the muscles of the face and neck on a steady schedule is best for several reasons:
And speaking of the neck: You should have seen what a mess my neck was before starting this facial workout! Check out my before and after neck pictures.These results came about after only a few short weeks!
This full Facial Fitness program to lift sagging cheeks, neck and more only takes 15 minutes a few times a week.
Do cheek exercises work? For some they can work too well, meaning you can build up the cheek muscles pretty easily creating an overbuilt, awkward appearance.
That's why it's best to do your favorite facial exercise routine for a few months first. Then evaluate your face and if you need more "oomph" in the cheek area, you can add extra cheek exercises. Perform the extra cheek exercises no more than 2-3 times a week, spaced out over the course of 7 days.
That's why experts in facial exercising field highly recommended you perform a full facial workout - in conjunction with spot training with cheek exercises. This combination ensures you get a beautiful balanced look.
A pilot study published in the JAMA Dermatology showed that after 20 weeks of steady facial exercising, there was a significant improvement in upper and lower cheek fullness. And that the study participants were highly satisfied with their results.
While researches state that since the sample group was small and there was no control group to compare the results; further research is warranted to fully asses the findings. I say, just
look at your before and after pictures.
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