Two Simple Jowl Exercises That Work

by Linda Robison

Learn how you can tighten your jawline and reduce face sagging naturally without surgery

woman doing jowl exercises

In this article, I'll show you two jowl exercises that can help you say goodbye to a sagging jawline and hello to a firmer lower face.

And, as a bonus, these exercises can also give your cheeks a nice shape and lift.

You'll learn what jowls are, why the jawline sags with age, and how to prevent and firm it naturally without surgery.

So, let's dive into the secrets of achieving a beautifully contoured jawline!

What are jowls and what causes them?

Saggy jowls

Jowls are those droopy areas of skin that are located below the cheeks and mouth on each side of your face.

If you have saggy jowls, then you probably have nasolabia folds, which are those folds near the nose area. 

They sometimes start out looking like shaded areas of indentations and eventually become skin folds that you can actually grab and pinch.

Everyone gets them, as they're a natural part of an aging face.

What causes jowls

Several factors contribute to the formation and sagging of the jawline as we age. But, four of the most common causes for sagging are:

1. Loss of skin firmness:

Our skin becomes thinner and has less bounce or elasticity. 

2. Loss of facial fat pads

As we get older, the fat pads located in the upper mid-face area diminish and shift. Especially around the cheek area.

When this happens, the fat pads that once provided support and structure to the face start to shift downward over time, contributing to the appearance of excess folds around the jawline.

3. Facial skeletal aging:

The bones in the face undergo a process called bone resorption, which means facial bones become less dense and shrink in size. This is especially true of the mid and lower face area.

bone loss in lower face and jowls

This reduction in bone volume means a loss of support for the soft tissues of the face, like muscle, fat and skin.

And guess where they go? South!

They head downward, contributing to a less firm jawline, causing saggy pouches around and below the mouth.

4. Weaken facial muscles

Facial muscles weaken and sag with age due to a combination of factors, including natural aging processes and lifestyle influences. 

The reduced muscle mass means less support to the skin and underlying structures. Which can cause the face to sag, adding volume and fullness to the jawline.

Why exercises work

Why do face and jowl exercises work? Because they address many of the issues that cause facial aging and contribute to a sagging face.

Skin:

The face & jowl exercises suggested in this article also massage the skin, stimulating the production of collagen, improving elasticity, texture, and firmness. And can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

It's a simple, non-invasive, natural method to promote healthier and more radiant skin.

Muscles:

Muscles become more resilient and better able to support your skin and other facial structures. Firmer, stronger muscles lead to a more lifted and toned appearance. It can also help age related facial sagging. 

Fat pads:

Stronger facial muscles can provide better support for underlying structures, including the fat pads. This enhanced support may help the fat pads stay in their natural positions and reduce the appearance of sagging. 

Jowls before and after facial exercisesThe after picture was taken over 10 years later. My Jowls and jawline are firmer, cheeks are more defined and the neck is firmer. In my opinion, facial/jowl exercises do work.

These changes are a natural part of the aging process. And there are various cosmetic procedures and skincare treatments to help address this issue that offer very good results. 

However, they can be expensive as they often require repeated treatments to maintain results. 

But, if you're looking for a cheaper, long-lasting treatment that you can do over and over at home for free, facial jowl exercises can be a great option.

Keep in mind that at-home, natural face exercises will not offer the dramatic results in-office procedures or surgery can. But they work and results are noticeable. As you can see in my before and after picture above.

What exercises tighten sagging jowls?

Jowl exercises #1: How to lift sides of the face:

The quick and easy jowl lift exercise video below combines 3 steps for sagging cheeks and jowls. And, it takes about 60 seconds to do.

Here is how it works:

1. It helps firm-up the malaris muscle. This superficial and delicate facial muscle is located near the outer corner of the eyes.

While it is not as well-known as other facial muscles, it does exist in some individuals, particularly in certain ethnic groups like Asians.

Studies suggests that the malaris muscle could play a role in lifting and supporting the mid-face area. This could potentially contribute to a more youthful appearance and a less saggy jawline.

2. The second face and jowl lift step involves shaping and lifting the cheeks.

3. The last step, the mid-cheek grove exercise, uses a slid to massage and firm-up the skin in the mid-face and cheeks.

Jowl exercises #2: How to fix chipmunk jowls

This quick little face workout helps smooth those little pouches on the sides of the mouth.

Final thoughts on jowl exercises

It's important to note that while facial exercises can help firm saggy jowls, it may not fix them to your desired results. Visit this page to learn which facial exercises can help.

And the effectiveness may vary from person to person. The results may also be influenced by factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and the degree of muscle weakening or fat pad displacement.

To achieve the best results, consider combining facial exercises with other skincare practices like facial massages, a healthy lifestyle and diet, and regular use of sunscreen to protect the skin from sun damage, which can contribute to aging effects.




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