Wrinkles, fine lines and loose skin are a natural part of aging -- and the face and mouth area, along with the neck, hands and forearms are common problem areas due to sun exposure. While there are surgical treatments that may help, there are also some basic facial exercises that can help to stretch and strengthen muscles in your face and tighten the skin around your face and lips.
Open your mouth as wide as possible without causing discomfort in your jaw and face. Push your lips out from your body as far as possible and make an “O” shape with your mouth. You should feel a stretch in your lips and cheeks when you are doing the exercise properly. Hold the position for five seconds then relax. Take a breath and repeat the exercise as desired.
Sit in a chair with a sturdy back and tilt your head back to look up toward the ceiling, keeping your back straight against the chair. Quickly purse your lips outward, holding the position for five seconds and then widen your mouth as much as possible without causing any discomfort, holding the position for an additional five seconds. Repeat the exercise quickly for three sets of 12 repetitions or more if you wish.
Wash your hands with hot water and antibacterial soap to remove any germs. Place a single fingertip against both of your lips. Extend your upper lip above your fingernail and hold the position for approximately five seconds before relaxing, then extend your lower lip beneath your finger and hold the position for five seconds. Take a breath and repeat the exercise.
Products that contain ingredients like kinetin, coenzyme Q10, copper peptides and antioxidants may help to tighten skin in the short term. Talk to your dermatologist for more information and before using any new products on your skin, especially if you have an existing health problem.
Avoid holding irregular facial positions for too long, as you may strain the muscles in your jaw or neck, and always keep your muscles relaxed during the facial exercises. If you feel any pain at all while doing a certain facial exercise, stop immediately and consult your doctor if the pain continues.
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."