How can you firm-up a sagging face and neck? With this inexpensive at-home exercises routine. 

By Linda Robison

If you're looking for a safe and inexpensive way to firm sagging face and neck, improve skin tone, and lift facial muscles, then check out this exercise routine I've been using for years with great results.

It's easy to follow and comfortable because you do them while lying down - yes even in bed!

Face Lift Exercise - Anti-Aging Beauty Tip That Really Works!Face Exercises Before and After

Note: The most dramatic changes I've seen since following this face lift exercise program is less facial sagging in the lower face and jowl area and firmer more defined cheeks.

UPDATE:  It's been over 8 years since I first started facial exercises and here are my latest results.

I'm in my 50s in the BEFORE picture, and my 60s in the AFTER picture.

While not as dramatic as plastic surgery or in-office procedures, I'm a firm believer that simple at-home face exercises work, if you do them regularly, which is only about 3 times a week for 15 min. Then you can back down to only once a month or so, depending on your progress and goals.

For less than $40, and I have an anti-aging tool that I can use for the rest of my life! 

Face aging - what happens

Wrinkles and lines are not the only issues that age a face. Experts say the shape of our face changes with age. The face tends to get bottom-heavy (i.e., droopy cheeks, jowls, and double chin) as time goes on.

I decided to try face exercises to see if I can firm up the lower part of my face and reduce that heavy jowl look.

Within a few months of I was convinced that good results can be obtained from at-home facial muscle exercises.

One of the first areas I noticed a huge change was my sagging neck. Check out these before and after pictures 8 weeks after starting.

While results cannot be compared to a surgical facelift, it is, by far the least expensive and easiest way I’ve found to improve my facial contour and make  my mid-face/lower face look firmer and lifted.

Face exercises for cheek fat and jawline

I saw less pudginess around the lower face and jowls

First I noticed a reduction of that "doughy, pudgy look" around the lower jawline/jawbone. Also, my cheeks seemed more defined and overall face looked tighter and smoother.

facial exercises for slim faceFace exercises can tone and firm your face

Another Photo Showing Slimmer Jowls, Defined Chin, and Smoother Forehead.

The longer I do these exercises - the more results I see - especially around the lower jowl area. I love that the lower part of my face is slimmer - like it was when I was younger.

Choose a facial exercise for an even build and beautiful face

Yes, there are plenty of facial exercise programs to choose from.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve tried many exercise routines, but for one reason or another, I found them difficult to follow because:

This workout felt right to me. It was quick, easy to follow and allowed me to obtain a smooth, elegant build.

Just like any other workout, it's important to find a face exercise program that you enjoy doing, so you'll be able to stick with it and see results.

One important feature of this program is that it incorporates isometric and muscle resistance training along with skin massaging/polishing. The massaging/polishing helps improve skin suppleness and reduces that thin, papery skin look.

And there is evidence that massaging/polishing the skin also helps increase collagen production.

Interested to learn more about the CFF program? Click here.

Basic face and neck exercise routine

The chart below shows all the muscles used while during the workout. In the first 6-12 months it's recommend you do the workout about 3 times a week at 15 minutes per session. Once you've achieved your goals, you can cut down to a few times a month for maintenance.

Click on the picture below to see a colored interactive muscle chart!

Once you achieve a good facial foundation but still have areas that need extra help, you can add a specific Bonus workout for that area.

Bonus videos for sagging jowls  

For example, the lower face and jowls were still an issue for me.  So Carolyn suggested I add a few free Bonus videos to further firm that area. Here is an example of the Bonus video. 

The Lower Lift

Here Carolyn demonstrates the Lower Lift for "chipmunk jowls".

Beautiful Carolyn is over 75 years old in this video.

Click here to preview the 6 advanced Bonus Digital Videos. This group includes:

  • Lower Face Filler
  • Advanced Jowl Lifter
  • Face Polishing
  • Neck Ring Eraser
  • Jowl Slides
  • Circle-up-Rub

How facial muscle exercises work

Want to know how facial muscles work and how you can look younger with face exercises? Click on the following for more detailed information on why we age well with facial exercises.

But, a very basic simple explanation is this:

  • Unlike muscles in the body that only connect to bone - muscles in the face are attached to bone (on one end) and the other end connects to other muscles or directly under skin.
  • This is allows us to show facial expressions and emotions as the skin goes along for the ride with muscle movement.
  • The muscle/skin connection is also the reason why facial exercises can help you look younger.

When facial muscles are toned and have more bulk, they help lift and smooth the attached skin. This results in a tighter, more defined face and neck with less sagging and wrinkles.

The are many other benefits of facial toning exercises as we age...

Basic Anti-Aging Skincare

Finally, regardless of whether you choose facial exercises, facial massages or both, basic simple skincare goes a long way to help keep your skin and face looking younger. Try these basic four skincare routines and see what a difference they can make.

About bonus exercises and spot training

People always ask for a specific exercise to fix a certain area of the face that bothers them. But that's really spot training and should avoid for a few reasons.

  • It won't work! Facial muscles are interconnected and working on one area also helps lift another. And working on just one part of the face may result in an odd or overbuilt look.
  • Over time, other areas of your face will begin to sag and droop. Why not address the whole face now and look younger as you grow older!

Some people think they won't have time to do all 28 exercises. But the truth is - this workout is very quick.

Only 15 minutes a session 3-4 times a week. And, the majority of the exercises are done lying down! How simple is that?

So how are Bonus exercises different from spot training?

Everyone is different and has different needs. So it's important to first build a good foundation for the whole face/neck by doing following the full basic workout routine for a few months to year - depending on the condition of your skin and face.

Then if you still see areas that are not responding as well (for me it was the jowls/neck area) it's OK to do a few extra bonus exercise to firm up those areas.

This is not "spot training" because you still are doing a full face workout monthly. Just like your body, your face needs a full basic workout before you can address areas that concern you.

Additional Reading:

Face Lift Treatments at Home

Facial Toning Benefits Over 40

Face Tightening Exercises - Does it Work

Face Exercise - Key Tips for Success

Forehead Wrinkles 

Which Face Lift Exercises are Best

Facial Exercises for Fuller Cheeks

Facial Exercises VS. Botox: Pros and Cons

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