No matter how smooth your face is, if your neck has visible wrinkles or sagging skin, your age will start to show.
It is common that we lose elasticity on the skin of our neck as we get older. The skin tends to get thinner and have a crepe type appearance. This is caused by environmental factors, such as sun damage, free radicals and lack of moisture.
Strengthening the muscles in your neck by exercising, will help combat the signs of aging. It is a healthy way to tighten and smooth the skin and help get rid of necklines.
These exercises should be done at least once a day, but twice a day is ideal. Try to get in the habit of doing them in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
Let’s take a look at several key exercises that will help firm this delicate skin on your neck:
1. Tilt Back
This exercise requires you to sit down and tilt your head up towards the ceiling. After your head is in place, move your jaw forward and hold for five seconds. Repeat this motion ten times. You should be able to feel the muscles in the front of your neck getting tighter as you do this.
2. Pucker Up
This neck exercise is similar to the one above, but it targets different muscles in the neck and face.
Sit down with your back straight and point your chin upwards towards the ceiling. Slowly form your lips in a kissing motion by pouting your mouth. Hold this position for a few seconds and repeat two times.
3. Neck Stretch
You may be familiar with this exercise, because it is commonly used to relieve tension in the neck. Performing this neck stretch, will actually tone and tighten the muscles in the neck, chin and throat.
Simply place your chin on your chest and slowly rotate your head to one side, going all the way around. Repeat this motion five times, then circle around in the opposite direction five times. Not only will you be smoothing out wrinkles, you will relieve muscle tightness in your neck and shoulders as well.
4. Baby Bird
This exercise is recommended in “The Yoga Face” by Annelise Hagen, The Baby Bird movement targets sagging jowls and will help firm them up if this exercise is performed regularly.
For this exercise, tilt your head back and look upwards. Push the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and then swallow. Next, tilt your head to either side and swallow again. Repeat this motion on the opposite side. You should repeat this motion three to four times on each side.
By incorporating the above exercises into your daily routine, you should start to see a visible difference in your neckline. You should also actually be able to feel the skin getting firmer and appear smoother.
In addition to exercises, be sure to use proper skin care and sunscreen and avoid overexposure to the sun. Eat a healthy diet that contains vitamins and nutrients.
You should also make a point to stay hydrated by drinking enough water. Doing so, will reduce future sagging and damage to the delicate tissue on your neck area. Skin that is hydrated is plumper, firmer and shows less signs of aging.
It only takes a few minutes a day to perform these exercises. The best part is that they are free! No need to pay for expensive plastic surgery. Just stick to your regimen and you will see improvement over time.
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