Marionette lines, otherwise known as "laugh lines," are folds along the nasal and labial area of a face. As a person ages, the skin on her face begins to sag and these lines become more prominent - and more of a concern. Sagging marionette lines can give a face a defeated and weathered look. However, there are several types of facial exercises to help reduce, and even get rid of, unwanted marionette lines.
Facial Exercise 1
There are several facial exercises you can do with your head titled back to help reduce marionette lines. For these exercises, sit in a comfortable chair with a medium to low back. The back must be low enough that you can tilt your head backward over the back of the chair easily and comfortably.
For this first exercise, tilt your head back until you are looking at the ceiling. Start to make movements with your mouth as if you were chewing (but don't actually chew anything, of course). Repeat this process for about 20 minutes a day or more for the most noticeable results.
Facial Exercise 2
For the second facial exercise, sit again in a low-to-medium back chair. Then, tilt your head back toward the ceiling and purse your lips as if you were about to kiss someone, then release. Repeat this 10 times and then tilt your head forward into a normal sitting posture. Repeat this entire procedure in repetitions of five, at least once a day.
Facial Exercise 3
Tilt your head back to the ceiling and purse your lips as before, but this time stick out your tongue and try to touch your chin with your tongue. Extend your tongue toward your chin as far as it can go. Hold your tongue fully outstretched for 10 seconds and then return to a normal sitting position. Repeat this at least five times per day.
Facial Exercise 4
Again, with your head tilted back toward the ceiling and your lips pursed, extend your lower lip as far as you can toward your upper lip. Hold this position for 10 seconds and return to a normal, relaxed position. Repeat this at least five times per day.
Ariel Phillips is an editor and writer living in Portland, Ore. He has written for "n+1 Journal" and "The Rumpus Magazine," among others. He maintains an interest in a variety of subjects, including art, culture, the environment, media, the sciences and sports. He earned bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.