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Facial exercises for lines at the side of the mouth

Updated April 17, 2017

Exercise for muscles in the face is just as important as exercise for large body muscles. Many individuals seek exercises to rid or reduce the appearance of those lines that reach from the nose to the corners of the mouth, also called nasolabial folds. Perform facial exercises at least once or twice a day for a few weeks and you'll start to notice a difference.

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Exercise No. 1

Place one or two fingers at each side of the mouth. Pull gently toward the ears and hold. Now, pucker up and purse the lips and make a pouting expression. Count to 10 and then release. You'll be able to feel the muscles around the sides of the mouth tighten as you perform this exercise, which will tone and firm this area, lessening the appearance of those lines. Perform this exercise 10 times.

Exercise No. 2

Tighten and firm the muscle structures around the mouth, which will lead to a firmer look and help lift and fill out cheek areas at the same time, lessening those deep grooves at the side of the mouth. To perform this exercise, place the tip of your index finger into the mouth, gently pulling the corners toward your ears. This is a very subtle exercise, but you can feel it. While the fingers pull the corners of the mouth to the side, gently try to close your mouth. Hold the contraction for a couple of seconds and then release. Perform this exercise between 15 and 20 times.

Exercise No. 3

Lift and plump the cheeks with this exercise, which will also help reduce the depth of the groove of those nasolabial folds that can add an aged appearance to your features. Start with lips closed. Now smile gently, just lifting the corners of the mouth. Then suck in the cheeks until they rest against the teeth. Hold for a count of 10 and relax. Perform this exercise between 5 and 10 times to start.

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About the Author

Denise Stern is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has written professionally for more than seven years. Stern regularly provides content for health-related and elder-care websites and has an associate and specialized business degree in health information management and technology.

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