Ever looked into a magazine and wondered where you were when God was doling out those high cheekbones to all the models? Ah, well, you’re not alone. Most of us would be ecstatic to have such wonderful facial structure that looks effortlessly chic.
But if we aren’t naturally gifted with them killer cheekbones, it’s time to take things into our own hands. And yes, there are ways and means other than surgery to achieve this too. All it takes is a little bit of effort and some major facial aerobics.
Here are five facial exercises that will help define your cheekbones – give them a try, some of them are actually fun!
- O-X Face
Start by making a small ‘O’ with your lips. Now stretch them wide as far as possible, as when you do to say ‘X’. Alternate between ‘O’s and ‘X’s for about 10 repetitions, making sure you stretch and contract your muscles intensely with each move. Say the letters ‘O’ and ‘X’ out loud to add rhythm to the movements.
- Balloon Face
Inhale and puff up your cheeks, much the way balloons get filled with air. Alternate the air concentration, shifting it from one side of your face to the other. Exhale through your mouth till the very end of your breath. Repeat continuously for as long as you want. If you run out of breath, stop, regularize your breathing and resume the exercise if you want.
- Fish Face
This is a popular and very effective one. Suck your cheeks in (as far as they will go) with your lips tightly closed and hold the position for 6 – 8 seconds. You will feel the skin over your cheekbones stretching if you do it right. Repeat the movement 3 – 4 times and by the end, you will feel like your face has just had an intense workout!
- Mouthwash Face
Suck in some air into your mouth – roughly equally the amount of mouthwash you use. Move your mouth in the same motion as you would while rinsing with mouthwash. Make the movement as fast as you possibly can. Continue for 1 minute, then rest and repeat. If you want, you could do this with actual mouthwash when you brush twice daily.
- Clown Face
Smile as wide as you can and shut your eyes. Place your hands right beneath your cheekbones and push your cheeks upwards. Your facial structure will temporarily resemble that of a clown. Hold the position for 15 seconds and then relax. Repeat 10 – 15 times in one go.
If you do even a couple of these exercises every day, you are sure to see some results in a couple of weeks. Do them right before you sleep or just after waking up so you have a routine. Maybe you could even do them while watching TV, listening to music or sitting in the loo. The point is, find the time, do the exercises and you’re one step closer to a more sculpted face with enviable cheekbones.