To improve our looks, we join a gym or start exercises like walking, swimming, and yoga and achieve fitness of the body. But, what about your face? Ever thought of exercising your facial muscles?
Beauty lies within
Our face is made up of 57 muscles. Yet for us fitness starts only from the shoulder level, going down. Muscles have a tendency to increase in size and firmness when they are exercised. Giving your face a workout can help build and firm your facial and neck muscles.
So can this produce just as astonishing results as an expensive procedure or surgery would? Yes, if you start early and do these exercises regularly. Minute by minute, day by day you can work on yourself and sculpt your face.
Facial exercises are like face yoga, and they promote the production of healthier, more resilient cells naturally. Muscle fibre and connective tissue must be challenged to remain vital, healthy and youthful. Facial exercises improve the flow of blood to the face and more oxygen and nutrition reaches the skin. It is a non-surgical way to improve the problem areas of the face such as:
- Droopy eyelids
- Crow's feet
- Under eye puffiness
- Sagging cheeks
- Cheek folds
- Droopy jaw line
- Vertical line around the lips
- Thinning lips
- Double chin effect
- Loose skin on the neck area.
For the first month, devote at least 10 minutes daily to do these exercises. Later you can do them 4 times a week. Because the facial muscles are small and easily isolated, truly dramatic results will be achieved in a short time span.
Benefits of facial exercises:
- It stimulates blood circulation to feed the cells of the outer layers, promoting better colour and skin tone.
- It rejuvenates the elasticity and natural collagen, and smoothes sunken areas of the face.
- It diminishes fine lines and softens deeper lines to create a more firm and youthful texture.
- It brightens and tightens the skin.
People of all age groups, right from 16 – 72 years, benefit from these facial exercises. The younger have problems of heavy cheeks or double chin. The middle age complain of toning up, and 45 and above for sagginess and deep naso-labial folds and wrinkles. It works well both for sculpting and toning the face as well as for delaying and reversing the effects of aging.
Try these simple exercises that improve your looks and delay those aging lines from appearing.
Naso-labial lines and corners of mouth
Place two fingers on either side of the mouth and pull them towards the ears. Purse your lips and pout. Hold for a count of 10. Do 10 reps to avoid naso-labial lines and sharpen corners of your mouth.
Place two fingers at the corner of your eyes. Shut your eyes tight. Open. Do 10 reps to strengthen your eye muscles.
Place three fingers on the chin. Pull down your lower jaw. Curl your lower lip inside the mouth, against the pull of the fingers. Do 10 reps.
Press the tip of your tongue behind your upper teeth. Place the ball below the chin and press upwards. Hold for count of three. Release the pressure of the ball. Do 10 reps to avoid double chin.
Place two fingers below the chin and pull it to one side. Place the ball on the other side of the cheek. Raise the ball towards the upper ear lifting the cheek muscles. Hold for count of 10 and smile to the same side of the ball. Do 10 reps.
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