Exercises For Your Jawline

Face sculpting exercises are a great way to exercise facial muscles and get them more defined.

By URLife Team
26 May 2023

There is no denying the fact that genetics has a big role to play in the way one looks, especially the structure of their face. Age also has a big role to play in facial structure, as it's natural for the face and neck skin to change as fat begins to build up, skin begins to droop and the jaw muscles begin to shrink causing the jaw to become less defined. As the face ages, skin loses elasticity and fat cells between the muscle and skin become smaller. The fat cells or pads, which fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, give the face much of its shape. As skin becomes saggy, the thinning fat pads diminish causing the face to droop.


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The neck muscles (the ones that attach from the collarbone to parts of the jawbone) are quite underdeveloped and often it is not easy to find exercises for these muscles. This can be a major cause of “text” neck and an underlying cause of neck pain. But jawline exercises can be an effective method to tone and sculpt these muscles.


Facial changes due to ageing are a natural process, and while exercises may not completely reverse these changes, they can help tone and strengthen the facial muscles, leading to a more defined jawline and a subtle improvement in appearance.  A 2018 study published in JAMA Dermatology shows that a 30-minute daily or alternate-day facial exercise program sustained over 20 weeks improved the facial appearance of middle-aged women, resulting in a younger appearance with fuller and firmer upper and lower cheeks.


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Exercises For Jawline

Performing specific exercises can strengthen the muscles around your jaw and enhance jawline definition. The exercises broaden and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer, toned and looks youthful. As we hunch over our smartphones, tablets, and computers for extended periods, we unknowingly push our necks to strain and stress, causing 'text neck' that leads to "hump" and debilitating pain. These neck and facial exercises are also beneficial for text neck and poor posture extending to muscle imbalances, discomfort, stiffness, and even headaches.


Here are a few exercises to consider:

1. Neck Resistance Exercise

  • Sit or stand with a straight back.
  • Place your palm against your forehead.
  • Press your forehead into your palm while using your palm to resist the pressure.
  • Hold for a few seconds, then release.
  • Repeat the exercise by placing your palm against the back of your head and resisting the backward pressure.


2. Chin Lifts

  • Stand or sit with your spine straight.
  • Tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling.
  • Pucker your lips and protrude them as if you are kissing the ceiling.
  • Hold this position for a few seconds and then relax.
  • Repeat several times.


3. Clenching Exercise

  • Close your mouth and move your jaw as if you are chewing gum.
  • Take deep breaths in and out while performing this chewing motion.
  • Repeat for a minute or two.


4. Cheekbone Lift

  • Smile as wide as you can while keeping your lips closed.
  • Place your index fingers on the corners of your mouth, and apply gentle upward pressure.
  • Hold for a few seconds, then relax.
  • Repeat several times.


5. Fish Face Exercise

  • Suck in your cheeks to create a fish face.
  • Hold this position for a few seconds, then smile while still holding the position.
  • Relax and repeat a few times.


These exercises should be performed regularly and consistently to see potential improvements. Also, keep in mind that the results may vary from person to person, and individual factors such as genetics, overall body composition, and lifestyle habits also play a role in defining the jawline.


Note: Perform these exercises cautiously and avoid any movements that cause pain or discomfort.

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Benefits of Facial Massages

Gentle massage techniques can help relieve facial muscle stiffness, ease headaches, and provide a sense of overall relaxation. It's essential to use proper techniques and avoid excessive pressure or harsh movements that may damage the delicate facial skin.


Improves blood circulation

Facial massages help stimulate blood circulation in the face, which delivers oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin cells. Improved circulation can give your skin a healthier and more radiant appearance.


Promotes relaxation and reduces stress

Facial massages are known for their relaxing effects. The gentle, rhythmic movements and the release of tension in facial muscles can promote relaxation and reduce stress. This can help improve your mood and overall well-being.


Removes toxins

Facial massages can help stimulate the lymphatic system, which plays a crucial role in removing toxins and waste products from the body. By promoting lymphatic drainage, facial massages can reduce puffiness, minimise fluid retention, and enhance the skin's natural detoxification process.


Tones facial muscles

Regular facial massages can help tone and strengthen the facial muscles, leading to improved muscle definition and a subtle lift in the face. This can contribute to a more sculpted and youthful appearance.


Reduces fine lines

Facial massages can help stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity. Over time, this can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, resulting in smoother and firmer skin.


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Posture Improvement

Maintaining good posture can positively impact jaw alignment and reduce strain on the muscles supporting the head and neck. Targeting these jaw muscles not only sharpens the jawline but prevents neck pain and jaw pain too.


Follow these tips to promote better posture:

  • Sit or stand with your back straight, shoulders relaxed, and chin parallel to the ground.
  • Avoid prolonged slouching or hunching over, especially when using electronic devices.
  • Take frequent breaks to stretch and adjust your posture during prolonged periods of sitting or sedentary activities.


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Stress Management

Stress can contribute to jaw tension and headaches. Engaging in stress management techniques may help alleviate these symptoms.


Consider practices such as:

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Meditation or mindfulness
  • Regular physical exercise
  • Yoga or stretching routines
  • Adequate sleep and relaxation


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Health Risk Assessment At UR.Life

Additionally, if you're experiencing chronic migraines or facial pain, it's essential to consult with a UR.Life healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and guidance. They can evaluate your symptoms, perform a comprehensive examination, and determine if additional diagnostic tests, such as a headache and migraine risk assessment, are necessary. The HRA can help identify potential triggers or underlying causes of your migraines or headaches leading to more specific treatment options.

If you have any concerns or specific health conditions, it's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen. At UR.Life, you can find personalised guidance with certified trainers and health experts that cater to your individual needs.

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Regular health checks are essential for everyone, but they are particularly important for individuals who are at risk of or already have a saggy face or undefined jawline. Taking regular health checks can help detect face fat or undefined jawline at an early stage when it is easier to manage and treat. With the UR.Life HRA, we help you to invest in your well-being through seamless interventions and targeted medical treatments. Our holistic wellness approach caters to all aspects of your well-being. We ensure that you can bring your whole self to work.

With our medical professionals by your side, routine health check-ups will never be an issue. Advanced laboratory technologies back UR.Life’s Occupational Health Centers (OHC), and with highly qualified experts/technicians, we’re committed to delivering trusted and quality recommendations, modifications and advice to you.

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