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Signs of aging can be difficult to acknowledge. One of the first harbingers can be when your jowls begin to sag. As skin ages it becomes less elastic and the muscle tone underneath diminishes. The skin thins, and visibly appears lower on the face. Although it can seem that you are fighting a losing battle, some techniques can help you to minimize the effects of a sagging jowl. If you start with the least invasive methods now, you can save more drastic methods for a later time.

Methods to Try

Say all of the vowels (a, e, i, o, u) in an overly exaggerated manner. This will stretch and strengthen your jowl muscles. Start with three to four times in a row, and work your way up to saying the series of vowels 10 to 15 times as your muscles improve. Exercise can be beneficial, but no one exercise can completely reverse the signs of aging.

Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods. Antioxidants are key in helping the skin to repair itself and water helps to improve skin's elasticity.

Sleep on your back. The fabric of most pillowcases can cause skin damage over the course of many years, and sleeping on your back helps to counter the effects of gravity during the day.

Apply lotions and creams designed to tighten the skin and to improve sagging. Formulations containing Retin A are widely believed to be the most successful. Creams containing collagen and elastin are also extremely popular.

Consult a plastic surgeon about more invasive methods. Surgery is a last resort for most people, and should be taken seriously. The procedure is usually a combination of liposuctions and lifting of the skin.


Always pat your face dry instead of rubbing with a cloth or towel to avoid stretching your skin.

Spread lotions and creams in an upward motion to avoid stretching your skin.

Use sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays.


Muscles that are used infrequently can be tight and prone to injury. Take care when adopting any exercise program, and stop if you experience any pain.

Take care not to get creams or lotions in your eyes.

About the Author

Cricket Webber

Cricket Webber began writing for fun as a young adult and started writing professionally in 2010. She is based in the deep South. Webber specializes in articles on greener living. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Converse College.