Friday, September 18, 2015

Do facial exercises really work?

facial exercises


Can facial exercises actually help you look younger? Good questions.

Facial muscles are attached to the skin and lose tone and elasticity with age as does the skin. We know exercise keeps our bodies looking strong and younger and it also improves circulation to keep our bodies in tip top working order. Generally, there are two schools of thought on facial exercises and how they effect the look of the skin.
  
School of thought #1
Some experts believe you can keep the facial muscles toned by doing facial exercises making the face look younger. They say facial exercises also stimulate collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are proteins in the connective tissue that supports the skin and keeps it plump, elastic and less wrinkled.  

School of thought #2
Others believe that the expression lines (such as forehead wrinkles and crow's feet) facial exercises create make facial wrinkles worse. The muscles maybe more toned but the skin is left more wrinkled defeating the purpose of the facial exercises in the first place. This makes sense because Botox injections paralyze the muscles and the skin becomes smoother do to the lack of movement.  Even if the muscles are toned, the skin will lose it's elasticity with age and sag.

I feel it won't hurt to try some facial exercises as long as they are not extreme. There are some good facial exercises you can do that are subtle and don't scrunch up your face or over stretch the skin. Always make sure your skin is lubed up with a nice layer of moisturizer before you exercise it.

The website shapeyourface.com gives you a nice overview of the facial muscles and facial exercises. Scroll to the bottom of the first page and click continue to the facial map.

There are also yoga exercises for your face. Who knew! YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoNeuAloVlU

This next video seems like a good one for the neck and jaw. http://www.youtube.com/watchv=QZkEdPotnDE&feature=related

The neck and jaw toner looks good to me. There are a lot of other facial exercises on YouTube you can search for if you so desire. There are books too. Amazon has lots of interesting facial exercise books you can browse through.  Click here to view facial exercise books on Amazon.

Our quest to look younger never ends.


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