10-Minute Facial Exercises That Will Take Years Off Your Face
So How Easy Is It?
I first discovered facial exercises back in the 90s. The skin on my face had started to droop as I was approaching forty, and I noticed that the lines around my mouth were becoming more prominent. I had used creams and moisturisers for years, but all this seemed to do was make my skin soft; it had no effect on the skin that was beginning to droop.
Thanks to advertising, I became aware of electronic facial exercisers or toners, which were said to help sagging by sending electrical currents through your skin and jump-starting, if you like, the muscles underneath.
So I started to look into them. The one thing that I did discover was the fact that the skin on your face is actually attached to your face muscles. This may sound obvious, but in fact it is not the norm. Other muscles around your body actually "slide" under the skin to make sure that your body works like clockwork. Whereas on your face, the muscles are connected by a network of veins, skin and capillaries that work together.
This is shown whenever you smile, frown, or pull a face. If the muscles were not attached to the skin, then you would notice the skin gliding over the muscles when you do this.
The electronic facial exercisers are really good buys, purely because all you have to do is place them on or around the muscle that you wish to stimulate and they do it for you, by sending a small electrical pulse through the skin. But these are not for everybody. Some people don't like the idea of zapping their face with electricity! And others can't use them because of certain illnesses or medication that they take.
Also at this time I began to realise that, actually, the more creams and lotions that you put on your face the saggier your skin becomes. If you think about it, what happens when you put a paper bag in water? It begins to get soggy and stretch.
And this is what happens if you put too much moisturiser on your face. Especially if it is one of the really thick creams that seem to stick to your skin and you have to wipe off. It's not so bad if you use lotions because they actually evaporate quite quickly, keeping your face firmer for longer.
Natural Facial Exercises were the best thing for me. After only one week of practising the exercises I noticed that the lines around my mouth had disappeared! It was fantastic! The skin looked younger, and underneath my eyes the skin was smoother, and not beginning to go baggy as it had been.
I was converted! Now I do these exercises every day.
Shush! Sometimes I cheat!
I know, I know,it is cheating! But lets be honest sometimes its necessary to get that added smoothness that face exercise alone can't achieve.
I actually bought this a few years ago, slightly different style but the same thing.
And its wonderful! It stimulates your facial muscles and tightens the muscle and skin. You apply a water based gel to the 'heads' and then place them against the part that you want to tighten.
The best idea is the make sure you don't turn it up too quickly to start with otherwise you will make yourself jump!
When on full it will really lift the muscle. You will feel a sudden tingle and tightness on your face. So start on low to get used to it. It can be quite surprising if you jump in head first!
Well worth it for those nights out when you feel that you need a perk up!
Let's Get Started
Before you start, make sure that you apply a small amount of moisturiser to your face. Also rub some into your finger tips too. This will stop you tearing or pulling the skin.
There are three exercises for your forehead.
1. Place your fingers on your eyelids to keep them in place and then raise your eyebrows. Do this ten times. When you are used to the exercise you can just do it without using your fingers.
2. Stare straight ahead and pull your forehead tight, as though you are trying to bring it back over the top of your head. Hold the position for ten seconds then do it again.
3. This one is a bit more difficult. Pull forehead back as in the above exercise. Then try to lift each eyebrow separately. Do each eyebrow ten times.
Close your eyes. Hold them closed if necessary. Then raise your eyebrows as far as they can go. This will help the muscles to contract and get stronger.
For under the eyes, this exercise is really good. It helps alleviate bags, and makes the blood flow better so as to get rid of that dark circle that most of us have sometimes. I have been using this for a long time, and it really works.
Face the mirror and pull up your under-eye muscles as far as they will go. This may be quite hard to do at first as you will want to squint. But do not squint. Keep your eyes as wide as they can go. We don’t want any squinting as that will cause wrinkles around the eyes!
Eva Fraser, Inventor of The Famous Facial Workout
Eva Fraser is 82 years old. When this photo was taken, she was a sprightly young 80. So how does she do it? Well back in the 1970s, when she was 50 years old, she met a ballet dancer by the name of Madame Hoffman who had the idea of exercising the facial muscles. And she looked fantastic. Eva learned her secret, and perfecting the exercises with her own special touch, she now goes on to teach others. With numerous books, CDs and lectures, she still teaches 6 days a week. Amazing lady. She is the walking proof that this does work wonders.
Smile as hard as you can, and at the same time put your fingers on top of the cheekbones. Push down as hard as you can at the same time as holding the grin.
Face the mirro. Using only one side of your face, grin as wide as you can on that side. Pull up the cheek muscle as hard as you can and hold it for ten seconds. Do this ten times, then change over to the other side of your face and start again.
This is where you start to notice saggy skin. So this one is really important.
First of all imagine that you have tasted something bitter, like a lemon. What do you do? You pull your lower cheeks and jaw line back away from your mouth.
Keep your mouth slightly open, and pull the lower half of your face into a grimace or grin. Now try and ignore the cheek bones, only use the jaw line. Do this ten times. This is great for pulling the muscle back and forward. You will feel it stretching like elastic. This will tighten skin that is beginning to sag.
Now try it one side at a time. This will take a bit of practise but is well worth doing. In fact the better you get at it, the more you will realise that it is working. The idea is to get the muscles on your face so tight, because of the facial workout, that you will be able to do them while sitting watching TV or even on your coffee break at work. By the time you have been practising for a few weeks you will find that you will be able to do the exercises really quickly and easily.
The muscles around your lips sag quite quickly as you get older, so you need to do this exercise regularly.
Open your mouth wide. Now, without closing it, make the letter O. Hold the position for three seconds and do it again. Do this ten times until you feel comfortable with it, and then as many times as you like.
Place thumbs underneath your top lip. Pull out gently and at the same time pull back with your jaw muscles. In other words, pull your chin down as though you are stretching your chin line. Do this ten times.
Open mouth as wide as you can. Now, pull the muscles sideways on your top lip. Just imagine you have an itchy nose and can’t scratch it! That’s the one!
Lines Around Your Nose
Open mouth slightly. Now lift your top lip up to the side of your nose. Try it first with both sides, and then one at a time. You will find that you will be able to do one side easily, but the other will take a bit of extra push to get it there. I call this one the Elvis! No explanation needed!
Neck and Double Chin
I have put these two together as they are very similar and overlap the exercises.
For a smooth neck, close your mouth and look up at the ceiling. When you have stretched back as far as you can go, put your lower lip over the top lip. As you practise more and more, you can stretch it even more by doing the above, but at the same time as putting your lips over the top lip, smile as wide as you can.
And finally for that all important double chin, close your mouth and look at the ceiling again. Only this time make your mouth into an O shape. As your practise gets easier, change from O to E then back again. Alternate for as long as you like on the condition that it is comfortable. Only start with ten to begin with.
When you have finished your daily face workout, give your face an oxygen boost by really stretching your mouth as far as it will go, then relax. Take a deep breath and hold for a few seconds.
And to give yourself a lovely glow, put a light liquid moisturiser on your hands, and briskly rub into your face. When you have finished, pinch your cheeks for a natural red rosy look. This also stimulates blood circulation.
Here's how to give yourself a relaxing facial massage.
Exercise Makes a Difference
Facial exercises are a really good way to keep those wrinkles at bay. Exercising your face each day for just ten minutes at a time will make a vast difference to your appearance. As the weeks go by and your muscles become tighter, you will notice the harsh lines around your mouth and the saggy skin underneath your eyes becoming clearer and smoother.
Exercising your face is probably one of the best face lifts that you can have. After plastic surgery, the muscles in your face will start to go slack again almost immediately unless you exercise them.
© 2011 Nell Rose