How To Exercise Facial Muscles
Unfortunately as we start to mature our skin starts to sag, find out why facial exercises could result in firmer, more youthful looking skin.
What’s the purpose of facial exercises?
Your face contains over 50 different muscles and unlike most of the rest of the body, a lot of these facial muscles are rarely used. By carrying out regular facial exercises, you promote the circulation of blood to the different areas of the face, thus replenishing the oxygen supply in the muscles and the skin. This will result in a bright complexion and beautiful healthy glow.
Performing face thinning and toning exercises frequently will keep your face looking fit in the long term. Furthermore, regular facial muscles exercises improve the blood flow and, thus, supply your skin cells with nutrients leading to a stimulation of skin cell regeneration and prevention of wrinkles.
Benefits of facial exercises
- Strengthens the muscles in your face.
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
- Increases blood circulation.
- Releases any tension in the face and neck.
- Firms and tightens the facial skin.
Different facial exercises to enhance your complexion
Whether you’re on the go or relaxing at home, you can do these facial exercises anywhere!
Exercising Your Forehead and Eyes
Pull on your forehead with your index finger: Using just your fingers, you can apply pressure to your forehead so that shifting your eyebrows can strengthen that part of your face. This can help smooth lines on your forehead.
Push your forehead with your hands: This simple exercise uses your palms to create resistance while flexing your eyebrows. Doing this workout will help create smooth lines on your forehead.
Do brow lifts: Using your fingers and your eyebrows, you can exercise the muscles in your forehead. Just a little bit of pressure can create enough resistance for a good exercise.
Stretch your eyelids: Your eyelids are easy muscles to work, and don’t need much resistance. Using your fingers can help you stretch them out, removing wrinkles and giving you stronger eyelids.
Do an eye squeeze: Work your eyelids further by squeezing your eyes shut with a little stretching resistance from your mouth. Because it uses so many different muscles, this exercise can help to stretch out your entire face, not just your eyes.
Stretch your face while holding your eyes: This will help to build the muscles around your eyelids to give you more awake-looking eyes. Use your fingers to provide some resistance to the basic action of opening and closing your eyes.
Exercising Your Mouth
Exercise by smiling: One of the simplest ways to firm up your smile is to practice doing it. In this exercise, you’ll slowly move your mouth into the position of a full smile, holding different positions. This will give you better control of your face and smiling capabilities.
Apply pressure to your smile: Similar to the last exercise, this one using different stages of your smile to work the muscles in your face. Here, your fingers will provide extra resistance to further work the muscles around your mouth.
Do a face lift exercise: This exercise works the muscles around your upper lip to help prevent sagging and keep a strong lip contour. Doing it properly will help you have a stronger smile that shows more of your upper teeth.
Do a lip exercise: This is a simple exercise that will help increase the blood flow to your lips. This will give the fleshier parts a healthier, livelier, and more natural color.
Do a mandibular strengthening exercise: This exercise works your mandible, the lower jaw, and important part of smiling, talking, and chewing, as well as anything else your mouth does. An exercise like this will help to prevent a double chin and prevent aging grooves on the lower part of your face.
Do the OO-EE mouth: Moving your mouth to some basic sounds can help you target the lips, as well as the muscles between your upper lip and nose. This is a simple exercise that only requires some exaggerated facial movement while making sounds.
Suck on your finger: Use the natural pressure from a sucking motion to firm up your lips. By removing it at the same time, you’ll be able to provide additional resistance to work against.
Press on your cheeks while smiling: This will help strengthen your cheek muscles. Make sure to keep your head back when you do this exercise.
Pull your cheeks up: This exercise can help smooth laugh lines and the fine lines around your undereye. Your hands will be doing the work here, stretching the muscles on your face and skin.
Squeeze your lips: This exercise will help to condition your lip muscles. Once again your hands will do the work by squeezing your face around your mouth and nose.
Taking Care of Your Face
Smile as much as you can: Along with your specific exercises, regular smiling can help keep your muscles strong, while not looking quite as strange as you will when doing the exercises. Plus, smiling often can make you look more relaxed and confident, and help you reduce everyday stress.
Keep your face clean: Wash your face regularly to remove impurities and keep your skin clear. In addition, add some skin care products to your washing, like a simple cleanser, moisturizer, and retinoid. This regimen should be simple, as too many products can cause the ingredients to cancel one another out.
Eat well for strong skin: Part of facial exercises is helping to tighten your skin for a strong, and younger, look. To help boost the skin in your face, you need to manage your diet well. Get foods strong in Vitamins A and C, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. This diet will help keep your skin clear and face muscles well-developed.
Protect your face from the sun: The sun can easily damage your skin if you aren’t careful, and contributes to giving your face a more aging look. Avoid being outside during peak hours (10 am to 2 pm), wear clothing that covers your body, and lather up with sunscreen.