Laugh lines, sometimes called smile lines, are wrinkles or creases in the skin of a person’s face that appear around the outer corners of the mouth and eyes.
The lines are most visible when a person smiles or laughs which is where the name comes from. Laugh lines are most commonly caused by the repetition of facial movements, including frowning, smiling, laughing, and any other facial expression.
Other potential causes include sun exposure, aging, genetics, or smoking tobacco.
Today in this post I am going to share 4 simple exercises that will help you to get rid of these lines around your mouth
A person has muscles on the face that are almost never worked out. The muscle targeted in the first exercise is one of them. Used to control puckering and help close the mouth, the orbicularis oris muscles are important in helping prevent and reduce the appearance of laugh lines.
To target these muscles:
- Hook the corners of the mouth with the index fingers.
- Pull out about a quarter inch from the resting position.
- Apply resistance with the fingers and use the mouth muscles to tighten the corners of the mouth towards each other.
- Hold the position for about 5-10 seconds.
- Relax the muscles and then repeat.
- Aim for 10-25 reps.
The muscles in the cheek play an important role in lifting the skin and tightening it up. Strengthening the cheek muscles may help to reduce laugh lines. To strengthen the cheek muscles:
- Use the tips of the index fingers to apply pressure to the laugh lines around the mouth.
- With pressure applied, smile with the lips separated, as wide as possible.
- Hold the smile for about 5-10 seconds.
- Relax and repeat.
- Aim for 15-30 reps.
Smiling can help to strengthen the muscles in the face. Someone who wants to reduce laugh lines can try the following:
- With lips partially separated, pull the corners of the mouth back toward the face.
- Pull back, as far as possible, while keeping the lips parallel.
- Hold for about 10 seconds.
- Relax and repeat.
- Try to do 10-25 reps.
A big, full smile can also help strengthen the muscles around the mouth and tighten laugh lines. To work out the muscles around the mouth, a person can try the following:
1. Keep the teeth closed and start to smile.
2. Smile, as fully as possible.
3. Hold for about 10 seconds.
4. Relax and repeat.
5. Try to do it for 10-20 reps.