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5 Exercises for a Defined Jawline

The search for a defined jaw through exercise is possible. The exercises presented here are intended to shape the appearance of the face.
5 Exercises for a Defined Jawline

Last update: 07 January, 2022

It’s natural to want to always look your best. And, obviously, the first thing you see in a person is their face. Part of this quest for beauty centers around getting a defined jawline, and we’ll be looking at exercises to help you achieve that in this article.

As we age, the shape of our face changes. The jawline becomes less defined, because muscles shrink, fat accumulates, and skin loses its consistency.

Genetic factors can also determine facial bone shape and appearance. However, certain actions can help to improve facial appearance and counteract the inevitable effects of old age and the passage of time.

Exercising the neck, jaw, chin and other facial muscles can create subtle changes in the face. Achieving sharper cheekbones and a defined jawline is possible with the practice of simple movements. Here’s how you can do it.

Can exercise help maintain a defined jawline?

As mentioned earlier, the way the face looks is influenced by genetics and aging. However, exercising the face muscles helps to strengthen, tone, and have a defined jaw.

The front muscles of the neck aren’t exercised as often, so they tend to be undertoned and less developed. It’s common for this area to be flaccid and sagging. In addition to this, the lack of movement in this area is associated with neck pain.

Exercises, as with any training, help the face and neck muscles to gain tone and firmness. This will be reflected as to start to obtain a defined jawline, a more harmonious appearance of your facial features, and even a younger appearance.

On the other hand, physical activity in this area prevents head, neck, and jaw pain. If, on the contrary, you feel discomfort when exercising this area, then you shouldn’t continue, as you could be performing it incorrectly, and there’s the risk of injury.

Wrinkles in the neck.
The front of the neck is one of the most punished by wrinkles and lack of tone that appears with the passage of time.

Routine exercises to have a defined jaw

It’s important to follow a routine when putting into practice the exercises to achieve a defined jaw. It’s advisable to perform the movements for 30 minutes a day, at least 6 days a week, in order to achieve results.

However, the exercises should be carried out slowly and gradually. Start with a few minutes a day first, and then increase the time.

As we’ve already said, these muscles aren’t used to exercise, and so starting with too many repetitions, doing it too fast, and with too much intensity could cause tension and damage to the joint structures. If you feel any discomfort during the exercise, you should stop immediately. If the pain persists, consult a doctor.

On the other hand, it’s important to warm up the area beforehand to reduce the likelihood of muscle injuries. Warming up is quick and easy, as you only need to move the lower jaw. You can move it forwards and backwards, as well as laterally, all with smooth movements, and repeating it 8 to 10 times.

Here are some exercises to help you achieve a defined jaw.

1. Neck curl up

This exercise is similar to an abdominal curl, but you carry it out in the neck. To perform it, you have to lie on your back and press the roof of your mouth with your tongue to activate the front muscles of the neck.

Then you have to bring your chin to your chest and take your head off the ground about 5 or 6 centimeters. Slowly lower your head and repeat.

Concentrate on not bringing your chin out and not lifting your stomach. To begin with, 3 sets of 10 repetitions is enough. You can increase them gradually.

2. Clavicle backbends

This exercise involves the muscles under the chin that support the jaw. It can be done sitting, standing, or lying on your back.

You should pull your head back several inches, keeping your chin parallel to the floor during the movements. You should feel the muscles on both sides of the throat contract.

You need to keep your chest as still as possible, keeping your head level and your ears resting on your shoulders.

You then repeat the movement, but in the opposite direction, moving your head forward. To begin with, it is advisable to do 3 series of 10 repetitions and then progressively advance until you can hold the position for 30 seconds.

3. Tongue twister

This technique is used to work the chin muscles and tone the jawline. To begin with, place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, behind your teeth, and press on it to close it and add tension.

In this position, start humming and making vibrating sounds to activate the muscles. Do 3 sets of 15.

4. Vowel sounds

The objective here is to mobilize the muscles around the lips. It consists of pronouncing the vowels and stretching the mouth.

The mouth should be opened wide and you need to say the “O” sound, but exaggerating the mouth movements; you shouldn’t show or touch your teeth. In the same way, continue with the “E” sound. Perform 3 sets of 15.

5. Chin up

These exercises are designed for the facial muscles of the lower half of the face and jaw. With the mouth closed, slowly push the lower jaw outward. Then lift and push the lower lip.

You should feel a stretching under the chin and at the jawline. Hold the position for 10 to 15 seconds and then relax. Perform 3 sets of 15.

Other exercises for a defined jawline

The exercises mentioned so far may require some practice and dedication. But there are other common actions that also help maintain a defined jaw:

  • Smiling: Smiling not only improves your mood, but also exercises the face muscles.
  • Clenching and unclenching the jaw: Creating tension in the jaw by clenching it for 10 seconds and then relaxing it helps tone the muscles in the area. This can be repeated several times and is a good exercise to do anytime, anywhere, as no one will notice you doing it.
  • Massaging the temples: Massaging the temples and stretching the forehead stimulates blood circulation in the area. It’s done with circular movements with two fingers of the hand for 30 seconds.
  • Make a fish face: This consists of puffing up your cheeks inside the mouth and trying to smile. This position should be held for at least 5 seconds, and you should repeat it 10 times.
  • Touch your nose with your tongue: The idea here is to stick out your tongue upwards and try to touch your nose with the tip of your tongue. This position should be held for a few seconds and 5 repetitions should be performed. The exercise will strengthen the mylohyoid muscle, helping to prevent the formation of a double chin.
  • Perfect oval: This consists of turning the head to one side and moving the lower jaw forwards; the muscles of the side you turn to should be tensed. This exercise should be done on both sides to tone the cheeks and the contour of the face.

How to complement these exercises

Apart from the exercises that can be performed to try and obtain a defined jawline, the lifestyle of the person also has a lot of influence on the appearance of the face.

That’s why it’s advisable to have a healthy and balanced diet and do gymnastics on a regular basis. A healthy life will result in a younger face.

Putting the following tips into practice will be very useful, whether you want to complement the specific exercises to define the jaw area or to look after the aesthetics of the face.

Stay hydrated

Water is essential for your body to function correctly. Your face also benefits from adequate water intake.

Although a defined jawline doesn’t depend exclusively on the consumption of water, you need to maintain good hydration to ensure a good skin condition, and to delay the appearance of wrinkles and laughter lines. In the same way, muscles need the electrolytes present in water to function properly.

Exercising, in all its forms, without hydration is dangerous. Although the usual recommendation is to drink two liters a day, this should be adapted to your particular conditions. A person with an active life and living in a warm climate will need more.

Reduce salt intake

An adequate diet complements a correct hydration as you carry out exercises to obtain a defined jawline. However, it’s also important to reduce the amount of salt we consume in our meals.

To achieve this, try to avoid adding salt to the meals you prepare, as well as limiting the intake of sausages and snacks, which already have a high concentration of sodium.

Get enough rest

People with specific gym routines that seek to increase their muscle mass know that they have to sleep enough hours to achieve their goal. This is because during the night, while we’re sleeping, muscle metabolic processes that strengthen the fibers take place.

If you’re doing jaw exercises, then make sure you don’t sleep fewer than 7 to 8 hours per day. In this way, the metabolism of the muscle cells of the jaw area will start to strengthen.

Quit smoking

Smoking is a harmful practice in every way. It can cause many illnesses and diseases, and the negative effects remain long term in the body.

As for the oral cavity, tobacco is linked to diseases of the teeth, the internal soft tissues, and the skin of the lips. The entire facial region suffers from the problems generated by direct smoke on the epidermis.

If you want to have a defined jawline for aesthetic reasons, it wouldn’t be logical to perpetuate a habit that’s associated with premature aging. A smoker’s facial skin has more wrinkles, is less toned, and suffers from changes in coloring.

A woman affected by smoking.
There’s a noticeable effect of tobacco on the face. This affects the appearance of the face.

Chewing gum

Chewing gum is a good complement to jaw definition exercises. The very act of chewing the product is a workout for the muscles in the area.

However, you should be careful not to choose chewing gums that contain high amounts of sugar, as this would affect your body in other ways. Chewing gums with too much sweetness in their composition favor the proliferation of bacteria and, therefore, the appearance of cavities.

Molding the beard

In men, the beard defines the style of the jaw, both by its presence and its absence.

An aesthetic trick consists of concealing the jawlines that aren’t defined by molding and styling the facial hair. In this way, it’s recommended that you match the size of the beard to the dimensions of the skull in order to create a contrast. In other words, a long face needs long hair to make the whole face look small, and vice versa.

It’s also true that if you want to draw attention to your jawline, you should expect your beard to be neatly groomed. A scruffy appearance doesn’t contribute to the ultimate goal of giving the jaw region a noticeable and prominent style.

Use moisturizers

When thinking about facial skincare to accentuate the defined jawline, we’re spoilt for choice with all the products on the market. However, it’s important to know how to choose wisely in order not to spend money unnecessarily.

Skin moisturizers, beard tonics, and creams with collagen are options that can help in this regard. This is an artificial addition to improve the condition of the jaw area, although there aren’t always obvious results.

This should be part of a wider routine of skin protection for the whole body, and we can also mention sunscreens here. Preventing harmful ultraviolet radiation from penetrating the face is favorable in terms of preventing dermatological cancer, but also to prevent spots on the face.

In line with the above, the use of appropriate hats and caps during the hours of highest sun radiation, when working outdoors or doing outdoor activities is an important recommendation.

Continue reading: 8 Common Sunscreen Mistakes

Use cosmetics

Finally, the option of using make-up to accentuate the definition of the jawline depends on personal taste. It doesn’t have to be something too noticeable, but there are ways to emphasize the natural lines of the face with more or less strength.

Bronzer is the cosmetic that lends itself best to this task. Those who use it place it as a line above the edge of the jaw, trying to make it more evident.

Aesthetics and health in the search for a defined jawline

It’s worth mentioning, finally, the existence of surgical options to define the jawline. We’re talking here about liposuction. However, we must realize that, as it’s surgery, it has its risks.

At this point, we must evaluate our underlying reasons for wanting to highlight the lines of the lower jaw. Is the aesthetic aspect the most important thing to us, or are we framing it as part of a healthy lifestyle.

It’s important to combine the exercises for a defined jaw with the tips we’ve given you – tips that are all linked with looking after our bodies well. Staying hydrated, eating with less salt, protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation, and giving up smoking all have benefits for the face and the rest of the body too.

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