Everybody wants them, not all of us are lucky enough to be born with them – what are we talking about?
High cheekbones of course!
Beautifully sculpted cheekbones give your face definition and have long been associated with beauty. What’s more toned cheekbones with firm looking skin help your face to look younger and more vital.
We’re not talking about creating a gaunt looking face with hollow cheeks, because full, plumped up cheeks are vital for a youthful appearance but there’s no doubt about it, fat cheeks with no definition can really age your face.For some people the simple matter of losing a bit of weight will help to give their face more definition with the weight loss enhancing the cheekbone area.
However if you presently look in the mirror and see chubby cheeks or flat cheeks and you do not need to lose weight, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to create the illusion of higher cheekbones?
Well there is help for those of us who were born with less than razor-sharp cheekbones – yes you may not have been blessed with perfect bone structure but face exercises that target the cheeks can help to create more desirably angular looking cheekbones.
Before we look at some facial exercises for cheekbones it’s important to understand how the aging process affects the cheeks…
Your Cheeks And The Aging Process
Cheeks begin to sag generally from the early to mid 40s onwards. This occurs because the facial muscles like the rest of the muscles in the body become weaker over time – especially if we do not exercise them.
The muscles of the face are a complex weave of muscles with the upper and lower facial muscles overlapping, under and over one another.
As we age the muscles of the face become unable to support the skin and the dreaded downward slide begins causing drooping cheeks, double chins, sagging jowls and nasal labial folds next to the mouth.
Turn The Other Cheek
The good news is that cheek exercises can dramatically improve the overall look of your face. Even better news is that facial exercises are easy to learn and you won’t have to spend a fortune to do so.
Most of us want to look the best we possibly can as we age but few of us have the money to invest in expensive cosmetic surgery or even want to hop on to that never ending carousel of needing to ‘top up’ cosmetic procedures, like injections and fillers, again and again to keep ourselves looking good.
And let’s face it the ‘hamster cheeks’ look, as seen on certain female stars in the last few years, is NOT a good look!
Facial Exercises For Cheeks
Face exercises for cheeks can help to lift your features, tighten your skin and give your cheekbones those sharp contours that give a face elegance, beauty and character.
It’s never too soon to start facial exercises. You can do them to improve your appearance if you have chubby cheeks, if your facial muscles have begun to sag or if you just want to prevent facial sagging in the future.
When you contract the specific muscles associated with the cheeks you stop the slackening of those muscles and the subsequent weakening of the skin.
In addition to improving facial tone, face exercises encourage the flow of oxygen and essential nutrients to your facial skin helping to give your complexion back a youthful glow.
As your facial muscles plump up your skin will also begin to look revitalized and you will therefore look better and hopefully younger. Facial exercises are a very effective and simple way to help you regain your confidence by enhancing your looks.
What’s more the results are natural – no hamster cheeks, no unnatural looking tight stretched skin, just the face you were born with looking great for your age!
How To Perform Facial Exercises
Making sure you are standing or sitting comfortably and relax your neck and shoulders, making sure you do not tense up these areas as your try to move the muscles of your face.
Practicing facial exercises in front of a mirror is a good way to perfect your technique and make sure that you are targeting the correct muscles for each exercise.
Exercise 1 – Cheek Lifting
This exercise helps to increase circulation and blood flow to the skin and improves the color and tone of your complexion.
- Place the pads of the fingertips from your 3 middle fingers along your cheekbones from nose to ears
- Gently use your fingers to lift the skin and circle it in a circular motion over the cheekbones
- Work from the outside of the face towards the nose and then reverse the motion
- Repeat 10 times
Exercise 2 – Cheekbone Strengthener
This exercise targets the buccinators muscles of the lower cheeks and the orbicularis oris muscles of the mouth. It will help to strengthen the cheek muscles and create contours and definition around the cheekbones.
- Cover your top teeth with your upper lip
- Form an “O” shape with your lips
- Next put your index fingers on the top of either cheekbone on both sides
- Form a smile and as you do gently push up the cheek muscles
- Use your fingers to provide a light resistance
- Hold for a count of 5 and then relax
- Repeat 10 times
Exercise 3 – Push-Ups For Cheeks
This exercise can be a little difficult to get the hang of at first but is worth persevering with. It helps to build strong muscles around the cheekbones making them more defined and noticeable and provides a ‘lift’ for the middle of your face.
If you are doing it correctly you should start to feel your cheek muscles burn! We recommend 10 – 25 repetitions but you can keep going for as long as is comfortable if you want to!
- With your mouth closed form a pout with your lips
- Next smile widely
- Follow this by sucking your cheeks into your jaw whilst still smiling
- Hold for a count of 5
- Repeat 10 – 25 times
Razor Sharp Cheekbones Can Be Yours…
Not only can face exercise help you to look younger they can also help you to look slimmer.
Facial exercises for cheeks are a great way to improve your overall appearance.