Are you worried about losing your looks? Truth is, the face you see in the mirror every morning, its shape and how old or young it looks, is heavily dependent on the strength and condition of the small muscles lying underneath your facial skin. But why would you want to exercise your facial muscles?
Let me explain. As we get older these under-used muscles become thin and slack, and as the skin loses its foundation, the typical signs of ageing begin to appear: Wrinkled forehead, Droopy eyes, Crows feet, Eye bags, Downward pointing mouth, and Flabby neck.
Without toned muscles to support the skin, gravity takes over and everything starts going south. Look at people in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond and you will see the face can start to look like it is being sucked down toward the ground.
Guess the result? You will see a drawn, tired and haggard look to the face. We all assume this slow degeneration of our looks is just a natural part of ageing. It’s not! It doesn’t have to be this way.
However there is no need to resort to expensive, painful and expensive cosmetic surgery to correct this problem. Botox and other artificial methods are quick fixes and can even be harmful to you.
And here’s some good news for you. The muscles of the face are just like the muscles of the body. Exercise them on a regular basis and they become stronger and more toned. The skin covering them naturally lifts as the muscles fill out and wrinkles appear reduced. It’s like having a facelift but without the painful and expensive surgery or the ‘constantly surprised’ look.
Simple daily face lift exercises that tone the major facial muscle groups can help to firm the contours of the face and prevent or reduce the visible signs of aging that inevitably take their toll as the years pass by. Not only will the shape of your face improve with exercise but so will the quality of your skin.
Exercise stimulates blood flow in the muscles and surrounding tissues when you work out at the gym, exercising the face is no different. The skin receives a better supply of regenerating blood and nutrients when exercised and this can impart a healthy glow.
Just as with the muscles of the body, if we exercise the muscles of the face, we can stay looking fresher and younger for longer. The idea of exercising the muscles of your face may seem a little strange but it can become as normal and natural a routine as washing and shaving and it only need take just 5 minutes a day.
As thousands of women have known for many years, it is the most reliable way to keep or rejuvenate your looks. It’s is no different for men. No matter what your age you can look and feel better with facial exercise.
If you are young, performing face lift exercises will maintain that smooth, fresh, healthy look you were born with. If you are more mature, a facial workout will help ‘ turn back the clock’.
This set of simple, easy-to-learn face lift exercises can transform your looks:
Tone and firm the forehead, reducing worry and frown lines
Reduce and prevent crow’s feet and bags around the eyes
Eliminate droopy eyelids and regain a youthful, wide eyed look
Stop the downward turn of your mouth and thinning of the lips
Accentuate your cheekbones to give a more elegant tapered shape to the face
Reduce and prevent jowls and slack neck skin (turkey neck)
Fill out the sides of the mouth to prevent sunken cheeks
There are sixteen major groups of muscles that influence how the face looks and these muscles are just like any other muscles in your body. As we age they lose tone and volume because the normal range of exercise that they perform in day to day life, like eating, smiling and facial expression is not enough to keep them from deteriorating. Muscles cover almost the entire head and therefore have a great effect on the appearance of the face.
The following simple, easy-to-learn face lift exercise, if performed regularly, will firm and lift the forehead. You will be exercising your muscles ‘isometrically’. This means you will be tensing the muscles against counter pressure from your hands for a number of seconds and then relaxing.
At first it may seem very difficult to perform the exercise or to feel any effect. This is normal. Much like the muscles of your body, any exercise performed for the first time on muscles that has not been worked on for years will be a challenge.
Even holding the tension for a few seconds may seem impossible but don’t give up! When you first work out the biceps on your arms it can be difficult but the more you do it, the easier it becomes and the stronger the muscle. It’s no different with the muscles in the face.
In the beginning, you will aim to hold the tension for a slow count of 10. Do this every day for a month or two. Then, as the muscles begin to tone and the exercise feels easier, double your count to 20 seconds for another month or two, as you begin to feel the muscle more keenly, count slowly to 30 for each exercise.
The important thing is not to rush and expect instant results. Muscle toning takes time, dedication and patience but the rewards (such as admiring glances, disbelief at your age and a younger looking face looking back at you in the mirror) are worth the wait.
Make sure your hands are clean and dry so that you can gain resistance on the skin under your hands and fingers. If your hands or face are too greasy you may find it hard to create the resistance needed for your facial muscles to work against.
If you wash your face before the session, moisturise with a non-greasy lotion or cream. Don’t let the face become too dry (as when washing with bar soap) as this makes the skin more prone to wrinkles and could defeat the objective of the exercises. You want to be able to hold the skin gently but firmly and work the muscles underneath against that hold.
How to Eliminate Worry Lines on the Forehead:
The forehead is covered by a thin sheet of muscle called the occipital frontalis. When you raise your eyebrows, this is the muscle you use to do it. It is also connected to the muscles around the eyes.
As we age, this muscle loses its tone and elasticity, so encouraging both frown lines and drooping of the skin over the eyes. By exercising this muscle, you help smooth and minimise frown lines, lift the eye brows into an elegant arch and prevent skin dropping into the eyes.
- Sit or stand in a comfortable position.
- Place both palms of the hands over the forehead; so that the fingers rest on the front of your head and your thumbs touch your temples. The lower part of your palms covers your eyebrows.
- Press your palms firmly against the forehead bone and gently pull the skin upwards and outwards.
- Now slowly move your brows down, trying to close your eyes against the upper pressure of your palms. Try not to frown as this may encourage wrinkles to form between your eyebrows.
- Hold the tension for a slow count of up to 30 seconds, then gently drop the skin to its original position, take away your palms and rest.
- Do this once a day.
- As the forehead muscle increases in tone, you should feel the tension across the front of your forehead when you perform this exercise.
Here are a few more face lift exercises that you could practice at home to regain your natural skin texture. Eradicate that wilting skin and make yourself look youthful with straightforward non-surgical cheek and jawline routines employing just your fingertips.
Cheek face lift exercises:
This is genuinely one of the best face aerobics exercises to minimize sagging jowls. Place your forefingers on both sides of your face just under the apex of the cheek bones. Practice small outward circles with the fingers. Cheek routines pull up and tautens the skin on the cheeks which gives the appearance of defined cheekbones. This is a really good attribute especially for women. Sofia Loren comes to mind!
Upper jaw face lift exercises:
Take your fingers and put them on the cheeks in the hinge of the jaw. To find this yoga facial exercise point, open and close your mouth and work the fingers into the groove of where the upper and lower jaw begins. When you’ve found the location, render small, upward circles. This will restore the jowls and cheek muscle groups and result in the firming of middle face tissue and skin. This face exercise will also elevate drooping skin round the jaw region where slack face skin and jowls are more prominent. This will ultimately lessen fatty deposits in the cheek and lower jawline.
The chin-slap face lift exercises:
Stiffen your right hand and situate the back of your hand on the underneath of your jaw. Slap up and down rapidly, but not too hard as to produce pain. Move about the hand, whilst slapping, from the ear of the one side along the jawline to the other. Then repeat this firming regimen. This will remove fatty deposits beneath the skin which will be dissolved into the body, thus disposing of jowl droop. Moreover, this energizes the lower face and feeds the skin with improved blood flow.
Face lift exercises around the mouth:
Frequently doing face lift exercises here will help tone up and strengthen the muscles around the mouth and help to lift slack sagging skin. This will assist to diminish marionette lines on either sides of the mouth such as smile and laugh lines. Also, fine lines on top of and around the mouth can be eliminated by doing these.
Please note that these face lift exercises ought to be done with firm massaging via the fingertips, enough to sense the underlying muscle move, but not so hard as to bring about discomfort. We recommend that women and men do them no less than once daily, 1 minute on each point. Facial massaging with greater frequency in the day and for extended durations is advisable for faster, more pronounced results.
One of many dynamics of face lift exercises is that regimens for the upper face can treat baggy face skin on the cheeks and jowls. Even eye exercises and forehead wrinkle workouts can tighten the tissue on the lower half of the face, as the muscle inflates and hauls the skin upward.
This is why a good facial toning program is such a first-rate skin anti-gravity system and is so valuable for women and men to look young, and for daily face care at home. It’s a fingertip DIY non-invasive facelift just waiting to happen!
As you have now discovered, there are a number of non-invasive face lift exercises that can tighten baggy skin beneath the chin and the length of the jawline. Sculpture your center and bottom face for improved looks and firmer face skin. You will not lament it, since these tightening workouts transform the face permanently.
So that’s it, guys and gals. For those who prefer to use face lift exercises to look younger by conducting their own non-surgical facelift – good choice. You will definitely look younger by using facial exercises in as little as 15 minutes 2 to 3 times a week. Who knows, you might look a decade younger within a month from now!
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