As it ages, skin in the neck and jowl becomes less elastic. Years of sun, opening and closing the mouth and decreasing collagen combine to make these areas sag. Surgical procedures such as face lifts are the most effective way to eliminate neck and jowl sagging, but in addition to the use of sunscreen, a healthy diet, limiting alcohol consumption and not smoking, there are steps you can take at home to combat time and gravity.
Cleanse your face with an anti-aging cleanser and use a moisturizer with Retinol, vitamin C, and alpha or beta hydroxy. These ingredients help firm the skin by increasing collagen. Combined with exercises and healthy lifestyle, this will result in a firmer neck and jowl by helping to repair cell damage.
Perform exercises that will strengthen the muscles around your jaws and checks, as recommended by the Ohio State University Medical Center. Start with puckering your lips and hold for five seconds. Then, pucker your lips and move them side to side for 10 repetitions.
Use yoga exercises to firm the neck. Stick your tongue out and say, "ahhh." Keep the tongue extended, but do not tighten your face. Hold for one minute.
Firm your jaw and neck area while standing with your arms at your side. Tilt your head back just a bit and pucker your lips. Stretch your lips as if you are kissing the ceiling. You will feel your jaw muscles tighten and stretch. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat the exercise five times.
Perform shoulder shrugs while sitting or standing. With your feet apart and arms at your sides, raise your shoulders to your ears while tightening your neck muscles. Hold for a few seconds and release. This exercise, which relieves neck stress, can also be done with weights.
Consult your dermatologist for additional ways to tighten neck and jowl muscles, such as non-invasive dermatological treatments. Add protein and fats to your diet. Fats provide antioxidants, and protein aids in cell repair.
If you experience any pain in your neck or jaw, see a doctor. Stop using any skin product that causes redness or irritation and consult your doctor.