FACE FITNESS

People who exercise regularly know how highly beneficial it is – it keeps the body and mind healthy and young. However, there are about 50 muscles in a human body that people tend to  overlook in their physical workout. All of these neglected muscles are in the face. If unused, they can become weak and will eventually sag, and the skin covering them will sag as well.

Gravity is a heartless fiend and takes its toll as years pass. A double chin, nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, frown lines and drooping cheeks become a visible problem at the age of 40 – 45 or even earlier. Yet all of these signs of aging can be dealt with by a face fit  exercise program.

Muscles can be trained at any age. Firm and flexible muscles are the foundation of the skin – they support and maintain its youthful look. Facial exercises help reduce wrinkles in a non-invasive way. It is a cheap alternative to costly and potentially dangerous plastic surgeries, facial fillers and Botox injections. It does not require special equipment and the results are visible after two weeks of regular training. The sooner you start the better.

How to start:

  • Choose a proper time and place for your facial workout – making funny faces in front of the mirror can be entertaining for the rest of the family, but it requires some concentration and devotion on your part.
  • Remove make-up and wash your face and hands thoroughly. You can apply some oil or cream, or you can leave your face ‘naked’.
  • Start with a warm up:
    • use your fingertips to pat your face from chin to forehead,
    • hold the skin of your face between your thumb and middle finger and pinch gently.
  • Repeat each exercise 10 times. Hold the ‘posture’ for 5 – 10 seconds, relax and return to the starting position.

 

DOUBLE CHIN ERASERS

Exercise 1: Open your mouth as wide as you can and stick your tongue out. Try to get the tip to touch your chin.

Exercise 2: Stick out your tongue and try to touch your nose.

Exercise 3: Open your mouth slightly and move your lower jaw 10 times to the left and then 10 times to the right. The movement should resemble a circle.

Exercise 4: Raise your lower jaw past the upper jaw. Hold for 10 seconds and release.

 

SAGGING CHEEKS CORRECTORS

Exercise 1: Smile wide with your mouth open. Show as much teeth as possible.

Exercise 2: Smile with your mouth closed. Try to push your lips against your teeth.

Exercise 3: Pucker your lips and imagine you are kissing somebody.

Exercise 4: Place your thumb in your mouth and suck on it as hard as you can.

 

EYE-AREA SMOOTHERS

Exercise 1: With your eyes open, lift your lower eyelids without moving your top ones. Hold for a moment before relaxing. At first practice this exercise while looking into a mirror until you learn the movement.

Exercise 2: Open your eyes as wide as you can – imagine you’ve just seen a ghost.

Exercise 3: Look up and down while keeping your head still.  Then look left and right.

It is important to remember that by exercising facial muscles we have an impact on our skin condition and its appearance. It is never too late to take away the harsh effects of getting old from our face and look 5 to 10 years younger. Perseverance is the key!

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