Exercising your face sounds like an odd subject to discuss, right? Not if you think about it. Your face has approximately 50 muscles. Just like every other part of your body, these muscles should undergo a regular workout to stay fit and toned. This is crucial in the journey to preserving, or restoring, a youthful appearance. Open your mind and pretend that, instead of the face, this article was written about abs (or whatever body part you prefer). What happens when you exercise those muscle groups? They begin to firm, lifting and toning – not just the actual muscles – but the skin that covers the area as well. This is the exact result you will get from exercising facial muscles. Before I get too far into what to do exactly, I’d like to give you some background on the benefits that exercising has on the skin. To start with, physical fitness routines promote circulation – which means increased blood flow. This provides an increase in the supply of both oxygen and nutrients to cells. It also increases the amount of free radicals being carried away from the cells. Guess what? Our skin reaps these very same benefits. Essentially, exercising in itself is a cleansing at the cellular level. Furthermore, exercising helps our body regulate stress. In return, things that are enhanced by stress tend to be put in check. Anyway, so, on to the reason you began reading this. Below is a list of exercises that will help lift and tone your face. You should do these exercises between 2 and 5 days a week. The younger you are, the less often you should do them (the last thing you want is an overly bulked face).
Forehead: Place your index fingers just above your eyes and pull down your eyes while raising your eyebrows. This facial exercise firms your forehead. Repeat this exercise for ten times.
Lips: Suck on your finger as hard as possible and slowly remove it. Repeat this facial exercise for ten times. This face exercise firms your lips.
Eyes: Sit with your eyes closed and relaxed. While keeping your eyes closed, look down and look up as far as possible. Repeat this face exercise for ten to fifteen times. Sit straight with your eyes closed and relaxed. Lift your eyebrows and stretch your eyelids down as far as possible by keeping your eyes closed. Keep in this position for a count of ten, relax and repeat it for ten times.
Cheeks: Take your three center fingers and place them on the cheeks and push them down. At the same time, raise your cheeks by smiling as hard as you can. Keep your head back when you are performing this workout.
Neck: Sit straight and tilt your head back looking at the ceiling. Keep your lips closed and relaxed. Move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible and keep for a count of ten. Relax and repeat for ten times.
Double chin: sit straight in a chair and tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Keep your lips closed and relaxed. Make your lips round, count up to twenty and relax and bring your head back to the normal position.
Will these exercises work magic? Of course not. However, you’re now better equipped to age gracefully. To build on your results from facial exercises, you can take further measures. (By D. Holder )