Facial Exercises to Reduce Signs of Aging
Facial workouts and exercises are among the latest trend in anti-aging. Exercising your face will significantly tone your facial muscles, but the benefits are far greater than this.
By firming facial muscles, you actually slow down the signs of aging because skin is less likely to sag.
That is what many experts in Dermatological Reasearch believe to be true, but there are also those who doubt the effectiveness! – There are no clear scientific reasoning in either case. So we let you decide!
According to studies, engaging your muscles encourages the flow of oxygen to your face, which will produce visible benefits to your complexion, such as rosier cheeks, plumper lips, and a healthier glow. If you skin is prone to appearing dull, pale, or tired, facial exercises could be for you. You can also reduce tension of the muscles around head, neck, and eye area, which can help to prevent headaches.
What are these exercises?
Here we have few sample exercises that you can try at home. You don't have to follow every single step - just pick-and-choose your facial workout according to your own specific concerns.
- To slow down the appearance of wrinkles on your forehead, you need to exercise your frontalis, also known as your frown muscle. Raise your eyebrows, hold for a few seconds, and release. Repeat three times.
- To tone up your entire brow area, you need to create a sense of resistance, similar to the neck exercise. Place your index fingers along your forehead, just above your eyebrows. Use your fingers to gently push down as you cast your eyes upwards and raise your eyebrows.
- To overcome heavy eyelids or tired-looking eyes, keep your head straight and facing forwards. Flick your eyes upwards in rapid motions as many times as you can. Be careful not to raise your eyebrows as you do this.
- For instantly rosy cheeks, take a deep breath through your mouth to fill the inside of your cheeks with air then slowly release through your lips.
- To stretch your cheek and jaw muscles, close your mouth and pull your lips all the way to right. Hold for a few seconds then pull your lips all the way to the left. Repeat 3-5 times on each side to give your cheeks a full work-out.
- For a fuller lips, press your lips into a kiss shape; this should resemble a pout, but be careful to ensure that you don’t clench your teeth and that you don’t get crease lines above your upper lip.
- To eliminate a sagging neck, lie flat on a yoga mat and hold your neck at either side, using both hands. As you slowly begin to lift your neck slightly off the ground, gently use your hands to push your neck down; this will create resistance. Keep your head off the ground for a few seconds then return to resting position. Repeat two or three times.
- To get rid of a double chin, pull your mouth into a wide, closed-mouth smile then lift up chin upwards so that your head is tilting backwards. Remain in this position for a few seconds then repeat the exercise twice more.
Exercising your face can take as little as 10 minutes, and can be done whilst you are watching TV, studying, reading, cooking, speaking on the phone, taking a bath or shower. Done on a regular basis and in correct way, these exercises can be a great way to wake up a dull or tired complexion, whilst firming and toning your face for an anti-aging effect.
Will it work or not!? That is not completely clear. Some experts believe that repetitive movements of facial muscles on certain area of face can lead to additional wrinkles and other experts argue that they are not talking about same type of exercises and certain exercises when done correctly are actually beneficial!