If you’re trying to find out how to get rid of sagging jowls then much like myself, you’re probably starting to notice issues around your jawline area. Wrinkles and fine lines are bad enough but when your skin starts to migrate in a southerly direction, that’s a whole other issue that fills most of us with sheer horror and that’s when it’s time for some serious research into ways to improve the situation.
Sagging jowls can completely change your appearance and make you look significantly older than you may actually be. Although there are plenty of procedures that can help improve the matter, most of us are either not willing to take such drastic measures or these procedures are just simply well beyond our means so we need to find other simpler solutions.
What Causes Sagging Jowls
There are a number of things that can cause sagging jowls but one of the most common causes is our good old friend age. As we age, we start to lose a lot of things like collagen, elastin, muscle firmness, our fashion sense, the list goes on so it’s no wonder that our skin starts to turn into its very own landslide. Another common cause can be weight loss which can leave us with loose skin around our entire faces.
You don’t often read about it but pregnancy can take its toll too, in fact, that’s exactly where my issues stem from. My face blew up like a blowfish with my third child and despite the fact that all that bloating literally disappeared the moment I gave birth, I was left with loose looking skin that I can only describe as the bulldog effect, so much so that I often find myself pushing my lower jaw forward to try and hide this situation that’s beginning to transpire on the lower regions of my face. So what are we to do?
Many people laugh at the concept but when desperation kicks in, there’s very little most of us wouldn’t try if we thought it would help the situation. The fact that this approach will cost you nothing more than a small amount of time and the only real downside is the possibility of maybe looking a little bit crazy while you’re doing it, puts it in the “why not” category of things to try.
There is a whole variety of these exercises for different areas of the face but below are a few examples of facial exercises that are specifically for the neck, jaw and jowl area that you can try but much like regular body exercise, the results are said to take some time to show. These should be done once a day every day for best results then 2 to 3 times a week for maintenance once you get the desired results.
While sitting comfortably, tilt your head slightly so that your chin is facing upwards towards the ceiling. With your mouth closed, move your jaw in a chewing motion 20 times then rest. This can be repeated 3 to 5 times.
With your head tilted back and your chin facing towards the ceiling, push your lower jaw forward as far as you comfortably can until you feel the stretch in your jaw, hold the position for 10 seconds then release and relax. Repeat the exercise 3 to 5 times.
Again, with your head tilted back looking up towards the ceiling, stick out your tongue also toward the ceiling and hold for 5 seconds. You should be able to feel the tension in the entire jaw and front of the neck area. Release and relax then repeat again 3 to 5 times.
Pull your lower lip up over your upper lip as far as you comfortably can then slowly tilt your head back slightly until you feel the stretch in your neck. Hold the position for 10 seconds then release and relax. Repeat the exercise again 3 to 5 times.
Open your mouth as wide as you can, then slowly tilt your head back until you are looking at the ceiling. Once you are looking at the ceiling, slowly close your mouth then once your mouth is closed, slowly tilt your head forward to the forward facing position. Repeat 20 times once a day.
Pinching the jawline
This might sound just as quirky as the facial exercises but you’d actually be surprised how many people do just this to try and keep their jowls and jawline in check. It falls into the same category as facial exercise because it is part of the facial yoga routine and it’s actually now part of certain facials in many spas.
Using your thumbs and fingers, simply pinch the skin all the way along the jawline from the chin up to the ears and repeat 3 times. To finish, place the thumbs under the chin and run them up the jawline up to the ears three times. Not only is this said to be good for firming the jawline, it is also used for lymphatic drainage as well.
Using topical creams that can help stimulate collagen may also help to improve the appearance of sagging jowls. Over the counter retinol or prescription strength retinoids are one of the most popular options and vitamin C serums are a good choice too. Hyaluronic acid is also another good option because of its moisture-retaining properties that have a tendency to leave the skin looking plumper.
Get a Jade Roller
Yes, a jade roller, a very cool little object that is rolled around the face to help improve circulation, lymphatic drainage, skin tone, puffiness and firmness. You can read more about it here to learn why I’m now obsessed with my newest skin care tool. For the most part, it’s basically a jade stone that massages your face but it has so many benefits to using it that it’s definitely worth considering.
If you’re not ready to fork out on expensive procedures, then why not try some of the above methods. Their effectiveness may just surprise you but if all else fails then remember, there is always face tape!
Let me know what you think and how you get on if you do decide to try any of them.