Facial Exercises: Exercising the Muscles in the Face to Make You Look Younger
If you’re concerned about your wrinkles, sagging skin and turkey neck, you may be able to improve your appearance without resorting to cosmetic surgery, according to facial exercise expert, Carole Maggio.
Maggio, who is the author of the ‘Facercise’ programme, claims that ‘after experimenting with facial massage and facial exercises, I came up with a programme that made a dramatic difference to the shape, tone and texture of my face… With regular exercise, my face really did look younger and more radiant.’
Recommended Facial Exercises
According to Maggio, there are some key exercises that you should be doing to reduce the signs of aging in your face. These include:
- The eye opener. Place your index fingers together between your brows. Then, place your thumbs around the outer corners of your eye. Squeeze your eyes shut, and at the same time, pull your index fingers up slightly, pulling your thumbs outwards towards your ears. Keeping your eyes tightly shut, continue to pull up and out with your fingers for the count of 40 seconds.
- The lower eyelid lifter. Place your index fingers at the outer corner of each eye. Then squint your lower eyelids, until you feel your outer eye muscles pulsing. Look upwards to the ceiling, pushing your face forward and shoulders back for added resistance. Hold for 40 seconds.
- The lip lift. Pressing your lips together, pull the corners of your mouth in tightly. Tap the corners of your mouth with your index fingers, then move your fingers up and down until you feel a burning sensation in the muscles at either side of the mouth. Pulse the fingers up and down for 40 seconds to intensify the sensation and really work the muscles.
- The neck and chin lift. Place a hand at the front of your neck, exerting a gentle pressure. Spread the other hand out against a wall in front of you. Raise your chin to the ceiling and smile, pushing your tongue out and curling it upwards towards your nose. Whilst doing this, push away from the wall quickly and rock back. Repeat this 30 times. Turn your head to the right, whilst still maintaining your facial expression and look over your shoulder. Rock 30 times, then look over your other shoulder.
Does Exercising Facial Muscles Work?
As yet, there’s no scientific evidence to prove that exercising the facial muscles helps to make you look younger.
However, Joanne Dorion, a physiotherapist at the Personal Best Independence and Wellness Centre, says that regular exercise of the neck and face muscles can help to correct muscle function and relieve pain. It can even help to improve posture. ‘This would positively influence general appearance,’ she states, ‘however, the changes to the muscle contours would be less obvious.’
Dr Catriona Steele, a scientist at Toronto Rehab, suggests that exercising muscles in the neck is the most likely to produce a noticeable improvement in appearance. She refers to the ‘Shaker Exercise’, which is a chin sit-up, using the head as a natural weight, and indicates that ‘doing this exercise three times daily will likely result in the toning of skin and muscles under the chin.’
Whilst the jury may be out as to how effective facial exercises are at reversing the effects of aging, unlike some other forms of anti-aging, there’s certainly no harm in having a go!