Exercises for Toning the Face

Like the muscles of the body, the muscles of the face can become loose, weakened and slack if they are not exercised. Though not medically proven, muscles of the face may be toned with special exercises that isolate and target the muscles of the cheeks, forehead, jaw, mouth, chin and neck. These exercises for toning the face increase muscle strength and stimulate oxygen and blood flow to the face. This improves tone and texture of skin, improves complexion, and decreases the appearance of wrinkles and jowls for a toned, more youthful appearance.

Tone the Eye Area

Close eyes tightly and place the thumbs at the corner of each eye, gently pulling out towards the temples against the resistance of the closed eye lids. Hold for 10 seconds, relax and continue in repetitions of 5 to 10. This helps to decrease under-eye wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Eyebrow Lift Exercises

Place fingers at the brow bone, below the eyebrows and gently lift the skin while using the forehead muscles to push down against your fingers. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat. This resistance exercises the brow muscles for a natural lift.

Tone the Cheeks

Fat or sagging cheeks are a common complaint about appearance. To tone this area, close lips and suck both cheeks inwards. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and repeat. Or use the fingertips to pull upwards at the cheek bones while pulling downwards with the muscles of the lower face for up to 15 seconds at a time. This helps to define cheek bones.

Excerise the Chin and Jaw

While sitting or standing up straight, hold chin out and move lower lip up over the upper lip as far as possible until tension is felt in the neck and ears. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat several times. This helps to reduce a double chin and define the jaw line.

Tone the Mouth and Lips

To reduce wrinkles and lines around the mouth and lips, press the lips together and move up towards the nose in several repetitions. Or while keeping the teeth and lips firmly pressed together, smile as much as possible, hold for 10 second intervals.

Tone the Chin and Neck

While standing or sitting up straight, purse lips together as if to kiss the air. Hold the mouth in this position while tilting head back toward the ceiling. Then stretch lips as far as possible as if trying to kiss the ceiling. Another simple exercise to tone the face in this area is: tilt head back toward the ceiling, pointing the chin up and stretching the neck. Then stick out the tongue and try to reach the chin. Relax and repeat in 10-second intervals.

About this Author

Noreen Kassem is a physician in training and a medical writer with 10 years of experience in writing and editing. Noreen’s articles have been featured in Women’s Health, Nutrition News, Check Up and Alive Magazine. She also writes about her other interests: travel, books, fitness, nutrition, cooking and green living.