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How to use Facial Exercise for a more Youthful Appearance | Body Glitz

What is Facial Exercise?

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Facial exercise incorporates movements to revitalize and strengthen the facial muscles. Massaging the face can help to alleviate stress, increase circulation, and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Facial exercises not only tone and tighten the muscles of the face and neck but they will instantly rejuvenate tired looking skin by increasing the blood flow and circulation revitalizing the skin’s surface with a flushed healthy glow.

Benefits of Facial Exercise

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Many people resort to cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance. These expensive procedures can be temporary or result in disliked results. Facial exercise can cause a change in the appearance almost immediately and ultimately help sculpt the face. Because the muscles of the face and neck are smaller than most muscles they respond very quickly to exercise. These exercises help you look rested and refreshed and you will see the long-term benefits of reduced wrinkles and a younger look in no time. The benefits of facial exercise can result in:

  • A youthful healthy appearance
  • Stronger neck muscles
  • Clear, radiant complexion by helping to release toxins from the skin and increase circulation
  • a relaxed forehead by training the muscles to be at ease
  • Uplifting eye by strengthening the muscles above the eyes
  • Raised eyebrows through toning the muscles above the brow
  • Firmer cheeks by strengthening the facial and jaw muscles
  • Upturned corners of the mouth by toning the nasal labial muscles
  • Fuller smoother lips by toning and relying on the muscles around the mouth
  • A well-shaped nose by toning the nasal muscles and thinning the appearance of the nose
  • a well-shaped jawline by lifting the muscles of the face and neck
  • increased awareness of your facial expressions through a conscious effort to visualize each and every muscle as it is being trained and strengthened
  • Better control of your facial expressions as you become aware of the facial muscles and how they react when a particular emotion is portrayed

Contraindications of Facial Exercise

If you have never exercised your face it is not recommended to try to make up for lost time by overdoing it. Overworking the muscles of the face can have a reverse effect and even cause sagging. When the muscles of the face are fatiguing it is best to allow them proper time to rest and recuperate. It is recommended to perform only two sets of exercise per day. The best thing to do is be consistent and patient. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

9 Essential Exercises

The exercises that follow should be used after permission from a healthcare professional. There are a few things that need to be done to make these exercises work at an ideal level. As you begin to do each exercise be sure to maintain correct posture. Pull your navel back toward your spine, tighten your thighs and buttocks. Push your face forward and shoulders back for resistance. Make sure to hold this position while you do the following exercises. Concentrate on the muscle group you are working. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

1. The Forehead Lift

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This exercise helps to diminish lines on the forehead

Directions: Place your index fingers flat along the hairline. While pushing up with your index fingers, push down with your eyebrows. Hold down for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 times, each time to the count of 10. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

2. The Nasolabial line fold

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To diminish the lines on either side of the mouth, referred to as the nasal-labial lines or marionette line

Directions: Open your mouth wide, making your face very long. With your mouth open, slowly say,”ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,” 10 times. By vocalizing this sound you can make the muscles surrounding the mouth contract and relax, thereby strengthening the surrounding muscles. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

3. Mouth lifter

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This exercise is more of a VISUALIZATION exercise intended to tone, train, and lift the muscles near the corners of the mouth creating a more youthful appearance. 

Directions: This exercise is most effective when sitting upright. Press your lips together and tighten the corners of your mouth into balls. Do not smile with your mouth. Squeeze the corners of your mouth. Do not clench your teeth. Push your face forward and shoulders back for more resistance. Keep squeezing the corners of your mouth visualizing your mouth turning up into a tiny smile. Use your fingers to make tiny up-and-down motions with your fingers to follow the visualization of your mouth corners moving up and down. Keep moving your fingers in small up-and-down motions until you experience tension in the corners of your mouth. Move your index fingers up and down quickly for a count of 40. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

4. Lip Plumper

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This exercise is used to strengthen and tone the muscles around the mouth making it look fuller, younger, and firmer. Strengthening the muscles around the mouth can help increase blood flow to the lips enlarging the lips and smoothing out lip lines. Complete this exercise twice a day or four times a day for a more “fuller” look. 

Directions: This exercise can be done sitting up or lying down. Hold your mouth in a hard pout and try to smile. While holding this position, try to force a small stream of air out, just at the center of your lips. Hold your finger in front of your lips to ensure that the air stream is thin and steady. Hold for 10 seconds and then relax and breathe normally. Repeat 3 times, each time to the count of 10. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

5. The Eye Opener

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This exercise strengthens the muscles around the entire eye. It also tones the upper and lower eyelids and reduces under-eye puffiness making the eyes appear larger, younger, and more alert. Perform this exercise twice a day. This exercise can also be used to reduce sinus headaches.

Directions: Perform this exercise lying down or in a sitting position. Place your two index fingers between your brows. Wrap your thumbs around the outer-eye corners as if you are using your fingers to create sunglasses around your eyes. Squeeze your eyes shut tightly and pull your two index fingers up slightly between your brows and pull your thumbs up toward the top of your ears. Re-squeeze your eyes shut very tight breathing normally. Push your face forward and shoulders back for added resistance. Hold and count to 40. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

6. The Eyebrow Lift

 

This exercise helps raise the eyebrows and diminish hooding of the upper eyelids. Perform this exercise twice daily.

Directions: Perform this exercise lying down or in a sitting position. Assume appropriate posture. Spread your fingers across the center of your forehead. Pull your fingertips down against your brows. Push your eyebrows up and hold that tension looking up at the ceiling. Push your face forward and your shoulders back for added resistance. Keep your eyebrows pushed up and fingers pulling down. Keep going until you feel the tension in your forehead. Hold and count to 30. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

7. The Neck Toner

This exercise works the muscles of the neck. These muscles allow us to hold our head properly. Strengthening the neck will smooth and firm sagging neck skin. This can also help avoid whiplash from car accidents. Complete this exercise twice daily. If you are experiencing pain in the neck you are doing the exercise incorrectly.

Directions: This exercise can be done sitting up or lying down. While sitting up grasp the front of your neck with the palms of your hands as if you were choking yourself. Make sure your palms are touching your neck. Assume correct posture. Push your head out and away from your body with the front of your neck and release. Repeat 20 times

8. The Jaw Toner

 

This exercise can strengthen the muscles in the jaw and help give you a well-defined, toned jaw line. Complete this exercise two to three times a day. This is a visualization exercise.

Directions: Perform this exercise sitting up in proper posture. Place one hand on wall or work surface, pushing away for resistance. Open your mouth and roll your lower lip in over your bottom teeth. Wrap the corners of the mouth inside, pulling them toward your back teeth. Slowly open and close your jaw five times. Tilt your head up. Open and close jaw five times tilting head up. Hold.  Push shoulders back, face forward. Starting at chin, move one hand up middle of the face to the top of head and pulse for a count of 20. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

9. Lower Eyelid Lifter

This exercise firms the lower eyelid diminishing under eye hallows and puffiness. Perform this exercise twice a day.

Directions: You can do this exercise sitting up or lying down. Sit up in appropriate posture. Place your index fingers lightly at your outer-eye corners. Place them where you can feel the lower eyelashes. Make a strong squint up with your lower eyelashes. Look up to the ceiling pushing your face forward and your shoulders back for resistance. Hold the squint and count to 40. Consult professional advice about facial exercise before you incorporate it into your daily routine.

Extracted from The Ultimate Facercise by Carole Maggio, to be published by Pan  on March 18  (c) 2011 Carole Maggio. 


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