July 11, 2006

Facial exercises for a youthful look

Most of us exercise our bodies to keep fit and look trim, healthy and in shape, but what about our most visible asset – our face?

Doing facial exercises everyday for just 5 minutes will make a real difference to the extent of which lines and wrinkles give away your age. Based on a system called isometrics, these facial exercises are even more beneficial than a beauty salon facial massage.


Benefits of these facial exercises


* It contours your face, giving a more sculptured, youthful appearance.

* Lines become less obvious because your skin is better supported.

* The circulation in your face will improve and with it, the quality if your skin will also meliorate. Cell renewal will take place at a faster rate, giving you a youthful look.

Flex that face 

Do these exercises at your own convenience, either early in the morning or last thing in the night. Make sure your skin is clean and freshly nourished, and then sit in front of the mirror so that you can make sure that you are pulling the right gruesome expression.

1. The leaning tower: Good for neck and lower jaw

Lean your head sideways and slightly back. Using the backs of your hands, stroke firmly form the base of your neck to the chin in a rolling movement. Repeat 10 times, now lean your head to the other side and back slightly and stroke again. Repeat 10 times.

2. The Golden fish: Good for lower cheeks and chin 

Put your jaw forward as far as you can. Open your mouth slightly, slowly widen, then close until nearly shut. Repeat 5 times.


3. The vowel stretch: Good for muscles around the mouth, jaw, chin and cheeks.

Make the vowel sound – A, E, I, O, U slowly and exaggeratedly, opening your mouth as wide as possible while you do it. Repeat 5 times.


4. The finger lift: Good for muscles around your mouth, lower cheeks, nose and chin. 

Stretch your mouth sideways, and place a little finger inside each corner. Pull upwards and outwards. Repeat and relax. Now repeat twice, but try to pull your mouth shut as the fingers are trying to push it upward and outward (this feels odd at first but gets easier with practice)

5. The suction lift: Good for muscles that give you shapely cheekbones.

Keeping the first two fingers straight and bending the other two under, place your right fingers lightly on top of your left. Put your fingertips in your mouth (wash your hands before doing this one!) and suck inwards, holding for a count of three. Repeat 12 times.

6. The cat blink: Good for the muscles above and below your eyes and between your eyebrows.

Squeeze your eyes tightly shut, but instead of furrowing your eyebrows, try to squeeze them by using the muscles under your eyes. Now open them wide. Repeat 10 times.

7. The Thinker: Good for forehead, cheeks and chin. 

Place your two forefingers firmly along your eyebrows. Hold the skin still by pressing gently, but at the same time try and push them up and out with your brow and cheek muscles. Hold for a few seconds and repeat 3 times.

8. The ‘shir’ temple: Good for lines from nose to mouth. 

Place the tips of your index fingers on the line from your nose to your mouth. Push in with your fingertips, resisting the force with the muscles in your face. Hold for a count of five. Repeat 4 times.

9. The invisible flex: Good for all the facial muscles. 

Concentrate on trying to ‘push out’ your entire face, but keep your head and jaw quite still. Hold for a count of three. Repeat three times, now try and wiggle your ears 3 times.




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5 comments:

  1. Prateeksha10:45 AM

    Facial exercises DO NOT cause wrinkles if done correctly - they actually help to make women and men look younger for longer, without a surgical face lift, by toning facial muscles. Surgical face lifts can be effective, but this type of cosmetic surgery is expensive, and can be traumatic. Why not try the free facial exercises as an alternative to a surgical face lift. The free facial exercises will not be as radical as the face lift, but will assist in achieving a younger looking face, without wrinkles and lines. Facial exercises do not cause baggy skin Facial exercises DO NOT cause loose and baggy skin - just the opposite. Incorrect exercises may cause problems, in the same way that incorrect exercises can hurt a muscle in your body. Some plastic surgeons promote and encourage the use of facial exercises, but many don't - why should they promote an exercise that achieves a firm, young, ageless looking face?

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  2. Nataraj5:55 PM

    Facial exercises will do a great deal to promote a smooth wrinkle-free skin, and a vibrant glowing picture of health. Start your free facial exercises now, to achieve a more youthful look.

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  3. Anasuya5:58 PM

    These lines, wrinkles, folds and bags are not really wrinkles and lines as such, but are the supportive muscles in your face going soft - losing firmness, and not supporting the skin any more. Facial exercises can help with this - creating that face lift look with a non-surgical procedure.

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  4. Anonymous6:07 PM

    As your face continues to age gravity begins to elongate older muscles, this gives your face the droopy appearance. By toning and exercising your face, you can actually get these muscles in better shape, causing your face to look more youthful. It's just like exercising your body, while you cannot stop the advancement of age, you can look youthful, feel better, and be healthier with exercise. Of course, diet plays a big role in how you feel and how you look, so make sure you're paying attention to your diet as well as your exercise routine.

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  5. unknown6:14 PM

    stretch your face with your eyes wide open and your mouth wide open as wide as you can and hold it for a second or two. Then relax your face, close your eyes and be sure to relax your mouth as well, and you will feel a difference. First, you're going to feel stiff when you stretch your face, this is normal, and after a few of these exercises, your face begins to relax easier, stretch easier, and actually feels good.

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