7 Unbelievable Exercises That Will Help Keep Your Nose In Shape

We kid you not! These massage techniques can help you manipulate your nose's appearance.

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Many people are conscious about how they look, especially their facial features! Your nose plays a crucial role in making your face look sharp, innocent, or shrewd. But did you know that there are specific facial toning exercises to keep your nose in shape? Yes, you heard that right! So if you’ve searched the internet about how to reduce nose fat or ways to reshape your nose without makeup or plastic surgery, these simple exercises can help you get a non-surgical nose job so to speak!

Read on to learn more about these facial exercises, try them out yourself, and see the difference. Scroll down!

protip_icon Workout Blueprint: Exercises To Keep Your Nose In Shape
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Benefits: Strengthen nose muscles and improve blood circulation
  • Equipment Needed: None
  • Space Required: Small area
  • Assistance Required: No
  • Who Should Avoid: Anyone who has recently undergone nasal surgery or has any nasal issue.

Exercises To Keep Your Nose In Shape

1. Nose Shaping

This exercise can prevent and reduce the sagging of your nose.

How To Do It

  • Use your index fingers to press the sides of your nose, and breathe out with force.
  • Apply pressure on the bottom of the sides of your nostrils for best results. Make sure you do not breathe out with too much force.
  • Repeat this exercise 10 times.

2. Nose Shortening

Nose tip exercises such as the one described below can help your nose appear shorter and help prevent cartilage deterioration.

How To Do It

  • Place the index finger on the tip of your nose, pressing it gently.
  • Now, using your nose, exert downward pressure on the finger.
  • You can do this exercise every day, as many times as you can.

3. Nose Straightening

It’s amazing how nature offers simple remedies. This is truly the best of them all. A simple smile can help you straighten out your nose.

How To Do It

  • All you need to do is smile, and then use your fingers to push your nose upwards.
  • This will help build the facial muscles on either side of the nose.
  • Do this exercise 20 to 30 times every day for best results.

Beth Snyder, a lifestyle vlogger, tried facial yoga to shorten and narrow her nose and saw the results within a month. She said, “It looks like my cheekbones have slimmed up some, it looks like the jawline is a little more defined. Not a lot of changes in that time but certainly an overall look that the face looks more toned (i)”.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Makeup is a quick fix for a crooked or bumpy nose. Use dark shades on the sides and a lighter shade on the nose bridge to create the illusion of a straight nose.

4. Breathing

Yoga and workouts give breathing exercises great importance. Deep inhaling and exhaling have numerous benefits, and one among them is nose contouring.

How To Do It

  • Sit comfortably. Blocking one nostril, inhale through the other nostril, and hold for about four seconds.
  • Then, block the other nostril, and exhale as you free the nostril you initially blocked.
  • Repeat the exercise by blocking the other nostril.
  • You could do three sets with 10 repetitions each.


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Breathing exercises boost the immune system, help you relax, and improve nose breathing and lung function.

Lalitha Bhowani-Mcsorley, a physiotherapist, says, “Pranayama, which refers to various breathing exercises in yoga, can help improve your overall respiratory health and may indirectly impact the shape of your nose by promoting better breathing habits. However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that Pranayama can directly impact the size or shape of your nose.”

5. Nose Wiggling

Woman doing the nose wiggling exercise
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This is more of a muscle building than a nose reshaping exercise. But it will definitely help strengthen nose muscles, and make the nose sharper.

How To Do It

  • All you need to do is wiggle your nose, while making sure that your face is absolutely still.
  • Do this a few times at least once a day for best results.

6. Nose Massaging

Like breathing, nose bridge exercises have many benefits. It can cure headaches of any kind, apart from ensuring natural nose augmentation.

How To Do It

  • Massage each part of your nose, starting from the bridge, to the tip, and then finally the sides.
  • Make sure your fingers move in a circular motion.
  • Massage your nose for about five minutes every day, and do it regularly for best results.


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Doctors often recommend nasal massages, especially after rhinoplasty, for fast recovery and improved nose shape.

7. Eliminating The Smile Line

Mouth exercises such as this one can help eliminate fine lines often associated with smiling.

How To Do It

  • All you need to do is fill your mouth with air and swish the air in all directions while holding for about five seconds in each area.
  • Once each area is touched upon, release the air.
  • Do this exercise once every day.

Infographic: Face Yoga For A Slimmer Nose

Facial yoga is an excellent option for people who don’t like plastic surgery but want a slimmer, sharper nose. It involves face massage, face stretching, jaw exercises, neck exercises, cheek exercises and other face-lifting exercises to improve facial symmetry. It also helps tone cartilage in the nostrils and strengthens the nasalis muscle. Check out the infographic below to learn about face yoga exercises for a slimmer nose.

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It is quite common for many people to feel that their nose is impacting their appearance. Well, you can address this concern without surgical intervention by performing certain nose-shaping exercises that work on the nasal muscles. These exercises include nose shaping, nose shortening, nose straightening, breathing exercises, nose wiggling, and nose massing and help reduce the sagging of the nose, making it look shorter, straighter, and sharper. Try these exercises for a few weeks and witness the results for yourself!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does pinching your nose make it smaller?

No. Pinching or pressing your nose does not change its size, as the cartilage and bones in the nose cannot be molded. Dr. Anuja Chandrana, a personal trainer with a doctorate in physical therapy, says, “Pinching your nose repeatedly may cause temporary redness or discomfort, but it will not lead to a permanent change in the size or shape of your nose. The cartilage and bones that form the structure of your nose are not easily altered through pinching or other forms of manipulation”.

Can you make your nose smaller with toothpaste?

No, you cannot make your nose smaller with toothpaste. Lalitha Bhowani-Mcsorley says, “Toothpaste is designed for oral hygiene purposes only and has no effect on the structure or size of your nose. Attempting to use toothpaste or any other household substance to alter the size or shape of your nose can be dangerous and potentially harmful.”

Does taping the nose change shape?

Dr. Chandrana says, “Taping your nose may create a temporary illusion of a different shape or size, but it will not result in a permanent change. Additionally, taping your nose can cause skin irritation or damage and is not recommended as a safe or effective method for altering your nose’s appearance.”

Do noses get bigger with age?

Yes, noses do get bigger with age because of loose or sagging skin that makes it look longer as with aging skin loose its elasticity.

Can your nose get skinnier?

The nose cannot get skinnier even when you lose weight as the nasal skeleton is made primarily of bones and cartilage and not fat cells.

Do nose shapers work?

No, there’s minimum evidence suggesting that nose shapers actually work. They are merely a cheap fix and may cause injury to the nose.

Key Takeaways

  • Press the sides of your nostrils with your index fingers and breathe out with force to shape your nose.
  • Smile and push your nose upwards to strengthen the muscles on the sides.
  • Wiggle your nose to strengthen the nasal muscles and massage it for five minutes every day.
  • Deep inhaling and exhaling, smiling, and other nose-slimming exercises all help to reduce sagging and make the nose appear shorter, straighter, and sharper.
  • Create a straight-looking nose by using dark-colored shades on the sides and a lighter shade on the nose bridge.

Prepare to be amazed by the extraordinary benefits of pushing your nose upward for just 10 seconds. Check out the video below and unlock the secrets behind having a picture-perfect nose shape!

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