Is Your Face Truly Set in Stone?

Is Your Face Truly Set in Stone?

In a nutshell..

So, before we can kick this off, let’s get one thing out of the way right here and now, beware, spoilers ahead – YOUR FACE IS NOT SET IN STONE BY GENETICS!!! Did I manage to grab your attention? Good, if you keep reading this, then I have to admit that I have provided only half of the answer. The deal is, that you can change and develop your facial structure, including your jawline to make it more chiseled and profound, however, it is a long and hard process. 

Beyond the nutshell

Firstly, to set the record straight, we will have to go over a lot of long and complicated vocabulary relating to anatomy class, just bare with me. Firstly, your face like pretty much any other body part, it comprises of a lot of different muscles and bones. We’re going to focus on the following  – the maxilla bone and the Masseter muscle… Whoa… now that was quite a mouthful.

Time for Some Science

In short, the maxilla is the piece of bone in the upper part of your mouth. And you know what? It develops over your life-time both for the better or for the worse – our job is to make sure it’s the former instead of the latter. Dr. Felix Liao in his “Six-foot tiger, three-foot cage” describes how the maxilla bone develops over a person’s lifetime depending on one’s lifestyle. Which explains why skulls provide a unique insight into the customs and habits of the individual for archeologists. This is why sufferers of muscle diseases experience also a deterioration of facial bone features.  

And the information is helpful how? 

Thus, even if someone has a receding chin a.k.a. not quite the look you’d want to have, it can be addressed and eventually corrected with proper posture routine and exercises. For example, a recent and effective remedy is orthotropic treatment known as mewing. Which focuses on correct facial development and ensuring that your facial features will move the chin forward and elevate your cheekbones. An effective topic, which us at Chisell heavily advocate is mewing studied by Dr. Mike Mew who also have their own youtube channel. Check it out and you won’t regret it!  

Did you know? 

Besides posture issues, a lot of people are mouth breathers. Yup, that thing that some of us do, but deep down feel it be wrong. The reasoning is because it weakens your neck muscles, which eventually start to also become saggy, creating a reduced chin effect. Mewing involves a tongue posture exercise by having the tongue always pressed against the upper palate of the mouth. Over the timespan of a routine for consecutive months and years, the habit will be easy to form and will begin to bear fruit. While it requires a large investment of time and patience, the return on investment is definitely worth it! Over time your Masseter muscles will start to become more pronoun. Oh, now I finally mention that word? Cool, so what does it mean? The Masseter muscles are on the sides of your jaw, which are responsible for casting the shadow from your jaw on your neck, which gives the look of the famous jawline. In combination with the bone structure, the wider masseter muscles will broaden and deepen the jawline effect. The Masseter muscles are responsible for moving your jaw so that you could chew together and the muscle does it with the help of your Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ in short… a topic for another blog post. 

Oh, by the way

There is, however, one myth I have not debunked yet, while I hope this goes without saying, but no face exercise tools or equipment will help reshape your face via spot reduction. While it is a tough truth to swallow, spot-reduction is the real myth here, thus if you are evaluating whether you want to start incorporating any products for reshaping your face, start by being healthy! Here at Chisell, we always stress that the first main step is to have a lower body fat percentage for your desired effect, everything else will just help pimp it out even further!  

With this in mind, we hope you know what you need to do and that you are one step closer to accomplishing your goals! 

Have an awesome day, CHISELL Out! 

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The Human Jaw… and how we F*cked it All Up

The Human Jaw… and how we F*cked it All Up

Back in the Day

Aww, the good ol’ days when the grass was greener and the times were much easier. When your great, great *insert the highest math number you know* grandpa would casually stroll out of his cave for another hunting session with the boys while leaving wifey with yesterday’s leftover mammoth bacon, finally alone to finish knitting her coat from fresh saber-tooth foreskin. In these good ol’ days such everyday goodies that we take for granted now, such as microwaved processed food, electric toothbrushes and protein powders that your local gym aggressively promotes were unimaginable. For gains, our ancestors didn’t need a subscription to Top 10 HIT exercises, and the terms of weight loss and resistance training were just as unheard of as having to make fire with sticks in today’s society. While we have to express our deepest gratitude for today’s technical and societal progress, there has been a noticeable sacrifice incurred to our health and looks as a result.  

Here we go again….

Now hold your horses, I know what you’re thinking! “Aww, another dude just choked on some member-berries ready to give a long-ass speech of how today’s society is screwed, probably something related to social media again… how unoriginal!”  Well, firstly – about social media… wrong website! Secondly, the topic is about our facial shape, including the jawline and its respective muscles. Did you know that prehistoric humans had little to no crooked teeth and their teeth health, in general, was much better than nowadays? Furthermore, their jaws were broader featuring also stronger bites. Sounds weird, huh? But how is that possible? The maxilla a.k.a. the bone of your upper mouth can develop late into adult life, which is why archeologists dig up specifically human skull remains to assess the body’s lifestyle and overall health during its lifetime. And as a matter of fact, our jaws and teeth have been pretty darn healthy up until the industrial revolution or the 18th-19th century for you none history buffs. 

Legit, bruh? 

I know what you must be thinking! “I wonder what the author must be on to come up with this… unless he has some fancy title or something, everything here must be pure bullsh*t or facts without context”. Don’t worry about that! I’d also be pretty skeptical, that’s why I’d recommend to check out “Nutrition and Physical Degradation” by American dentist Weston Price. Back in 1939, the dentist did a study, where he traveled around different parts of the world to compare different communities in the same country. Only to find stark differences. Living not far from each other there are communities that live a completely modern lifestyle including eating habits  (for the time). And relatively close-by were communities from the same gene-pool and country, where women don’t wear bras and guys have never heard about dirty magazines. In all of the sampled cases be it amongst Eskimos in Alaska, tribes in the Belgian Congo or rural Switzerland, there was a consistent difference between the societies which have stuck to their traditional eating habits as opposed to the 1st generation adopters. The more native in their lifestyle was a community, the noticeably healthier and more straight were their teeth with more profound jawlines compared to the urban dwellers. 

So, what is this getting at? 

This is mostly because with the modern way of life we have lost the way… and have not been chewing the way our jaw has been intended to! The processed, soft and less-chewy foods result in softer bites, which makes our jaws and, hence, jawlines weaker and softer because there is no need to maintain as strong jaws as our ancestors did who would bite off raw flesh from mammoth armpits. You could say that this is like a reverse-evolution, as our bodies adapt to needing less. Of course, jaw muscle deterioration is not solely to blame, as a crucial role in the looks of your face is played by your neck muscles and its posture. Improper tongue posture accompanied by less raw foods and excessive hunchbacking after countless gaming sessions. That is why our heads and jaws do not develop to the same sizes and proportions as they used to. Paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman in his “The evolution of the human head” confirms that the human jaws have noticeably shrunken over time.

Are we f*cked?

So, if upon reading this historical recap, you must start thinking that you’re screwed. Well, don’t worry, it’s not that bad, because now you know! Remember, your frontal face bones can continue developing throughout your lifetime, albeit slower than when you were a teen. And if you are a teen, then good job, your odds are much better!  Either way, just maintain a reasonable lifestyle and routine, keep yourself healthy, exercise, use your jaw and its muscles for stronger foods the way your ancestors did and the hard work will bare the results you want and deserve.

Have an awesome day, CHISELL Out!

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