Facial Exercises for Nasolabial Folds

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Facial Exercises for Nasolabial Folds
The loss of collagen in the face and gravity cause nasolabial folds. (smile image by sasha from Fotolia.com)

As you get older, you may notice unattractive parentheses or deep folds that travel from the side of your nose down to the corners of your mouth. These creases are called nasolabial folds. While these folds can be treated by collagen fillers, excisions and facelifts, you can also perform facial exercises to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds.

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The Purse and Pout

The purse and pout exercise can help avoid the appearance of nasolabial folds. Using both your hands, place your index and middle fingers on either side of your mouth. Pull the corners of your mouth up toward your ears. Now, purse your lips and try to pout. Hold this expression for a count of 10. Do 10 repetitions of this facial exercise.

The Big O

To perform the big O facial exercise, form your mouth into an O-shape and cover your teeth with your lips. Try to smile by lifting the corners of your mouth. Next, massage your face just below the temples using the heels of your hands for a count of 10. Perform this exercise two to three times a week to lessen the appearance of your nasolabial folds.

The Push-Down Smile

You can also reduce the folds around your nose and mouth by performing the push-down smile exercise. Place your three middle fingers on your cheeks and push your cheeks down. While pressing down, raise you cheeks by smiling as hard as you can. Repeat 10 times.

The Right Left Purse

Keeping your head straight, purse your mouth to the right then purse your mouth to left. Make sure you are not moving your lower jaw. Perform this pursing movement five times on each side of your face at a slow speed. Now, increase the speed, pursing your mouth to each side five times.

The Nose Wrinkle

To perform the nose wrinkle, leave your mouth in a natural open position. Lift and wrinkle your nose as if you smell something rotten. Perform this 10 times at a moderate speed to help reduce you nasolabial folds.

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