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5 Bad Habits To Strengthen DAO

Today I'm going to talk about some bad habits that can cause your depressor anguli oris muscle (DAO) to sag and make your smile look less inviting. This exercise works one muscle at a time, first waking up the sleeping blue muscles and then relaxing them by overworking their red counterparts. Let's talk about some common bad habits that can cause your pelvic floor muscles to tense up.

1. Chewing Down

So when you're eating, check how you eat. It's highly, highly recommended to film yourself when you're eating so that you can find out which is more dominant.

If you don't know what this means, please check out our how to eat video. It's a good place to start. We'll also link it in the description below. This is because that's the most important thing for a symmetrical face, but today we're talking about DAO, right? So DAO might be doing like this when you chew it looks beautiful! You might be doing it like this… not that bad, but if you keep chewing like this for too long and too often, it becomes a habit and eventually becomes what's called "50/50." That's where your chewing muscles are used horizontally instead of vertically and if you keep doing it over time, this will cause stronger DAO (which is not good) and then DAO will cause more jowls and saggy faces (also not good).

2. E Sound

We're gonna do one exercise to stretch this DAO muscle because this is the one that's actually not the DAO muscle, but it's kind of connected to the neck muscle. So we're gonna try to relax this neck muscle and relax.

So we're going to say I'm going to say E E E three times. And then I'm going to say O O U three times. And then I'm going to say A A U three times. And then finally, I'm going to say A A E three times.

To start this exercise, we need to relax our whole body and voice, and then say “eee” as long as possible. Don't worry about how it sounds at first just focus on relaxing your body and voice!

3. Negative Face Expression

DAO number three is a bad habit that can make you look like you're being negative when you're not and that's not good. So I want to help you strengthen this one, because it's so important that people know what you're thinking when they see your face.

We all do this thing where we show our emotions on our faces, but when we want to show someone something negative, we do this weird thing with our eyebrows instead of just using our body language. Right? So very often when we see someone who wants us to be negative, they'll do that and I used to do it too. But now I stopped because there are other ways to show your negative face without doing it.

4. Resting Bitch Face

You know that when you're open-mouthed, breathing in and out, the corners of your mouth are going to be stretched. And that's not just an unhealthy thing it's also bad for beauty! If you're doing this all the time, your skin is going to start sagging down toward your chin. That's because when your mouth is open, it's stretching that corner-of-the-mouth muscle (DAO). And if it's open all the time and never being used, that muscle gets weaker and weaker. You can see this in action if you watch someone who does a lot of talking with their mouth open: They often have lower jawlines than people who don't do that often.

So how do we fix this? We have to use our DAO muscles up! And we do that by keeping our mouths closed when we're not talking or chewing food or anything else requiring speech (or even humming). This way, when our mouths are closed, they're being used as much as possible which means they get stronger and more defined over time.

5. Resting Bitch Face

The last one number five, I mean, it's the same thing, but you don't wanna do Donald Trump is famous for doing face. Right? I think I think so when your face is resting. We did a face posture video check it out again if you're interested. If you're like me, you probably don't have a lot of time to spare. That's why I love my resting face it means I can be ready to go in the blink of an eye! But just because it's quick and easy doesn't mean it's not important. In fact, having a good resting face is super important. Here's why:

Your resting face is how people see you when they first meet you, so it's important to make sure it looks good.

Having a good resting face means that when you're not smiling or talking, your mouth is still open just enough for people to see your teeth and know that you're friendly and approachable.

The way our faces are angled influences how we feel about ourselves. Having an open face makes us feel more confident, while having a tense jaw makes us feel stressed out or angry (even if we aren't).

Let's summarize all the five bad habits to strengthen, strengthen the DAO depressor muscle.

First, check your mirror or video tape to make sure you're chewing correctly. It's very easy to do this on a cell phone these days you just have to check yourself! You might not think about it, but bad habits like grinding teeth can be hard to spot if you don't look for them. Because it happens at a very, very early age. But you probably prefer horizontal anyway I'm not big on it because its future is uncertain. So stick with the habit of chewing up and down, instead.

Secondly, when you say the word eat (and other words ending in E) don't use an E sound.

The third thing is to use a negative expression. When you show your face with a negative expression, people will feel uncomfortable and try to make you smile or change the subject. I tend to do bad posture on purpose in pictures because it makes the photo look silly. So yeah, I guess that's okay.

And the last two resting faces resting bitch face and you want to pout your lips in a way that strengthens your upper lip muscle. To do this, relax the depressor anguli oris muscle.

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