The other day I was floating along Lake Damariscotta in a kayak (because I definitely float more than I paddle). I was wearing my favorite sunglasses — the ones that used to belong to my Aunt before she passed away. They mean a lot to me. So I snapped a picture and thought that I’d end up writing a blog post about why the glasses mean so much to me.
I changed my mind when I looked at the picture. Because suddenly, I was super excited!
When it comes to looking good in photos, angles matter. And frankly, the angle in the photo above has always been my absolute least favorite. But as I stared at the photo, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that my jawline has changed for the better. Ok, I still won’t call this my favorite angle of my face. But, why did it change? I’ve pinned many, many face toning exercise routines over the last few years … but I still hadn’t tried them. (That sums up my relationship with Pinterest pretty well!)
As I floated on down the lake, I suddenly realized what had happened. About a month ago, I added oil pulling to my morning routine. When I first started, my jaws and facial muscles would tire out after a few moments. But now, I can easily go 15 to 20 minutes and not feel that same fatigue. I started with the oil pulling because I’ve read it can help you detox. Now, I have NO idea if I’ve lost a toxin or two this last month. But without a doubt, my chin has changed.
Soooo … if you’re looking to firm up your chin, give this a try! All you have to do is put about 2 TBS of the oil of your choice in your mouth (I like coconut oil) and swish it around. Ideally, you’ll want to build up to doing this for about 20 minutes first thing in the morning. You’ll feel the muscles in your face and chin working! When you’re done, spit it out, don’t swallow it.
And the HUGE bonus? I’m also pleased to say that my teeth are whiter than ever. And that’s also thanks to the oil pulling.
Want to learn more about oil pulling? Check out this post by The Wellness Mama.
p.s. Add coconut oil to your coffee for THE best morning coffee you’ve ever tasted!
p.p.s. And then I pretended that I was in Paris. Because, well, I always pretend I’m in Paris : ) …