We all know that exercise is a great way to stay fit and healthy, but did you know that facial exercises can keep your jaw and cheekbones looking fine well into old age? Exercising the muscles in your face makes them stronger and causes them to fill out any appearing wrinkles. Naturally, wrinkling skin is unavoidable, but facial exercises can help slow the process down.
As with any exercise, it’s important to warm up beforehand. Piano fingers will help get the blood flowing to your face. All you need to do is take two fingers and tap them around your face and neck – as if you’re playing the piano. This can help to energize the muscles and really increase the microcirculation in your face. The microcirculation system is very superficial and it doesn’t take a lot to activate it. While some people believe you need to tug and pull at your face, sometimes the lightest touch is the best.
Mewing is a great facial exercise. It’s been around since the 1970s and was created to fix orthodontic problems by reshaping the face. Conditions thought to be alleviated by mewing include sinusitis and sleep apnea. Depending on where you take instruction from, you will find variations. However, the basic steps are:
- Closing your lips.
- Align your bottom teeth to sit just behind your front upper teeth.
- Place your tongue over the roof of your mouth.
- The tip of your tongue needs to be just behind your front teeth – but not touching.
Make yourself comfortable for this one and look up to the ceiling. Pucker up and stick out your tongue as far as possible. After a few seconds, relax your tongue and then try again. The idea behind this exercise is to strengthen and tone the neck muscles. If you want to give this exercise a helping hand, you can use NeckLift patches overnight, which tighten thinning neck skin.
Here’s another exercise designed to tighten a sagging neck. To get the most out of this exercise, we suggest laying down on your back. From there, you need to angle your chin upwards and make in-and-out motions with your jaw. Ideally, you should repeat this action for around 30 seconds. If you’re doing this exercise correctly, you will feel the muscles in your next pull.
Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to pile weights onto your chin. Instead, you need to take the middle free fingers of each hand and press down on your cheeks. Then, you smile as much as you can, pushing your cheeks against the force of your fingers. You should hold your Cheese! smile for around 3 seconds before relaxing, and then repeating.
Smiling and Frowning
It’s a well-known fact that frowning uses more muscles than smiling, which is why you’re going to use it to lift your cheek muscles. For this exercise to work, you need to smile with your lips shut – not as enthusiastic as the cheek lift. Hold the smile for a few seconds and then let it go.
As you may have guessed, it’s no time to frown, but still, keep your lips shut. Again, you need to hold your frown for a few seconds and then let it go. Repeat the smile and frown to help strengthen the muscles in your cheek.
To perform the eyebrow pull, you need to place your finger on your eyebrow bone – under your eyebrows. Then, hold your positions while you gently close your eyes tighter and tighter. You will feel a strong pull on your eyebrow bone, which you should hold for around five seconds. For best results, don’t do this exercise for any more than five reps at a time.
The delicate skin under your eyes is one area of the body that a lot of women struggle with. And, while it is delicate for everybody, this doesn’t explain why some women seem to have gorgeous, plump skin and others struggle with bags, crow lines, and wrinkles. While things like sun damage, lack of sleep, and genes can make a difference to your skin’s appearance here, one activity that you can perform to strengthen the delicate skin around your eyes is the raised eyebrow. This exercise works exactly how it sounds. You simply need to raise your eyebrows, hold this position for five seconds, and then relax. You want to repeat this exercise ten times in a row each day to see results.
Smooth Your Brow
At the end of an exercise routine, it’s always a good idea to perform a cool down exercise, and this is exactly what ‘smooth your brow’ is designed to be. To start, lightly rest your hands on your forehead with your fingers pointed towards each other and touching. Then glide your fingers towards your temples. You’ll want to apply a firm pressure as you do this with the intention of smoothing out the skin on your forehead. Make sure to keep your facial muscles relaxed and repeat this process as needed.
When facial skin begins to sag, there are many exercises designed to target each area of the face. For the best results, carry out these exercises daily for around 30 seconds to a minute unless mentioned otherwise. Hopefully you will see results within a short frame of time.
Interesting article I will try some of these exercises
Facial exercises are important and so often we forget about doing them. Thanks for this.
I found these exercises great. I am getting older and should be doing these on a regular basis . Thank you for sharing. I tried them as I was reading your article .Thanks for sharing.
I’ve never thought of doing facial exercises but I should especially as I grow older.
The ‘tongue out’ exercise feels really good. I like these as an alternative to pricey creams, etc.
I am going to try the chin up and raised eyebrows routine. So interesting how the mewing exercise can help with sleep apnea.