When some of us hit middle age, we start to notice things we don't like to see. Jowls, or sagging skin around the mouth, may begin to appear because skin loses elasticity, which makes us look older. Certain exercises may help tighten facial muscles and reduce sagging skin and the appearance of jowls.
Sit or stand straight and tilt your head upward while keeping lips gently closed. While your mouth is closed, start moving your jaw up and down as if you are chewing. Complete 20 repetitions. This exercise can help tighten the muscles underneath the jaw line.
Sit straight in a chair and look up toward the ceiling. Purse your lips together as tightly as you can. Hold this position for five seconds. Relax and bring head back to starting position. Complete five repetitions. This exercise tightens the muscles around the mouth and chin.
Place your back flat against a chair in a sitting position, and tilt your head back while relaxing your lips. Stick out your tongue as far as you can toward your chin. Relax, then repeat the exercise five times. This exercise works the muscles around the mouth and chin.
Sit straight in a chair and look up while keeping lips gently pressed together. Place your lower lip on top of your upper lip as far as you can and hold for five seconds. Relax, then repeat the exercise 10 times.
Sit or stand straight and turn your head to the right while keeping your chin up. There should be a slight pulling sensation in the opposite side of your jaw. Hold for five seconds, then repeat three to five times. Continue the exercise on the opposite side. This exercise helps tighten the muscles underneath the jaw line.
Lie flat on your back on a bed, with your head dangling over the edge. Gently bring your head up and hold the position for 10 seconds. Complete five repetitions. This exercise works the neck and muscles beneath the chin.
Sit or stand straight up and gently push your head forward while looking down. Hold the position for five seconds, then relax. Complete five repetitions. This exercise will help stretch the muscles in the neck.