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Face Yoga

7 best facial exercises for cheeks

Written by Thien NguyenUpdated on 02 Sep 2022
Face Yoga

7 best facial exercises for cheeks

Written by Thien Nguyen.Updated at 02 Sep 2022
No matter the beautiful face structure you’re blessed with, many of us have wished we could trim a bit of fat from one facial area or another. Many people have sought methods to lose some fat from their chubby cheeks and sharpen their appearance. Undergoing a cosmetic procedure, such as fat transfer surgery, or receiving an injection of a dermal filler are possible options. Or you could try some more natural approaches, such as face yoga, which is believed to be effective in anti-aging and enhancing facial features. For your convenience, Luvly selected the 7 best face slimming exercises with detailed guides and images that you can follow at home every day. Excited? Let's go! In this article we will see, if facial exercises help, and bring our top choice of exercises to shape your cheeks.

Can facial exercises help?

Exercises for slimming your face work quite effectively by reducing face fat. A study pointed out that facial exercises can be used to improve facial appearance, combat aging, and improve muscle strength. A month of doing these exercises regularly can make your face look thinner and more taut. Some of the most popular exercises involve puffing out your cheeks and pushing the air from side to side, puckering your lips on alternating sides, and holding a smile while clenching your teeth for several seconds. And another great thing about face yoga is you can do it anywhere and anytime. All you need is a yoga mat and 10-20 minutes of your time daily. You can sit comfortably and do 3 sets of each exercise to see visible results in a few days.

Face-slimming yoga exercises for chubby cheeks

Luvly has gathered some of the most useful exercises for your cheeks; whether you want to lose some fat or lift sagging muscles, we have you covered.

The Chin Lift

Lift your under-cheek muscles, stretch your jaw, throat, and neck with this chin-lift pose. How to do it:
  1. Sit or stand comfortably.
  2. Now, tilt your head upwards towards the ceiling.
  3. Tighten your lips and push them forward like you’re trying to kiss the ceiling.
  4. Hold it for a couple of seconds and release. Repeat a few times.

The Mouthwash Move

This exercise will not only reduce chubbiness but will also tone your facial muscles. Try it out! How to do it:
  1. Start by sitting in a comfortable place.
  2. Now, fill up one of your cheeks with air and transfer the air from one cheek to another; the action is like using mouthwash.
  3. Continue for 1 minute and relax.
  4. Repeat 5 to 10 times at a stretch for best results.
  5. Two face-firming yoga exercises to get fuller cheeks

The Cheek Lift

This exercise tones and firms drooping cheeks and smoothens cheek folds to give you a younger-looking face. How to do it:
  1. Start in a comfortable sitting position and smile as wide as you can. Lift up your cheeks towards your eyes.
  2. Afterward, you will feel the strain in your cheek muscles.
  3. Do this by shutting your eyes for a better lift.
  4. Hold for 15 seconds and relax your face.
  5. Repeat 15 times at a stretch for best results.

The Buddha Face

This exercise, although the easiest of all the face yoga poses, is extremely useful in slimming your upper cheek muscles and resetting the look on your face. How to do this:
  1. Reset your face to a neutral, unlined state.
  2. Say your "oms" to relax your mind.
  3. Start closing your eyes and visualize yourself looking at the middle point between your eyebrows.
  4. Breathe deeply, gently, and make a very slight smile.

Exercises for cheek lifting

The Baby Bird

Perform this exercise regularly to prevent sagging on your chin and neck. This exercise will also help strengthen the cheek muscles to keep them from drooping How to do it:
  1. Begin in a standing or sitting position, with your head resting normally.
  2. Now, raise your lower lip up as high as possible by pushing the lower jawbone out.
  3. You will feel the stretch and tension in the chin muscles and jawline.
  4. Stay this way for 10 to 15 seconds and relax.
  5. Perform the lip pull exercise 10 to 15 times at a stretch.

The Mouthwash

After a face workout session, try out this fish face exercise to give your cheek muscles a full stretch. Fish face tones and stretches your cheek muscles. It makes your cheeks less flabby and your face sleek. How to do it:
  1. Suck your cheeks and lips inwards and try to replicate a fish face.
  2. Holding that face, attempt to smile. You will feel a burn in your cheeks and jaw.
  3. Relax and repeat the exercise 8 to 10 times

Bonus: The Cheekbone Lift

Not all of us are blessed with Angelina-Jolie cheekbones, but this Cheekbone Lift exercise may help you get a little closer. Trade-in flabby cheeks for defined cheekbones by following these steps: How to do it:
  1. Place your fingers over each cheekbone.
  2. Gently lift the skin until taut.
  3. Open your mouth to form an elongated “O,” you should feel resistance in your cheek muscles.
  4. Hold for 5 seconds
  5. Complete 10-15 sets

Does face yoga for cheeks really work?

Although evidence is limited, one review reported that facial exercises may build muscle tone in your face. Another study showed that performing facial muscle exercises twice per day for 8 weeks increased muscle thickness and improved facial rejuvenation.

Before and after

See for yourself in these pictures of our users, if the face yoga for cheeks works. Would you say it is worth a try?
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Target area: Jaw, face shape, cheeks
Routine: Worry line eraser, eye corners acupressure, jaw unlocker, neck stretches Duration: 6 weeks Result: More oval face shape, sharper jawline, skin condition improved, better shaped cheeks
"I do it first thing in the morning, and look amazing all day long!"