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How Do Facial Exercises Work?

Facial Muscles

A Natural Face Lift

Many people share the ambition of remaining as vibrant and youthful as they grow older but also want to age as naturally and gracefully as possible.

Some people opt for the cosmetic surgery route but at a great cost to their finances and sometimes unfortunately to their health. This route also forces you on to an expensive ‘merry-go-round’ of endless procedures because most cosmetic work needs to be updated.

Results may initially be pleasing but the problem of looking like you have had work ‘done’ is not an attractive prospect for many. Let’s face it! You can spot someone who has had facial surgery quite easily, particularly the older they are.

The results can look unnatural with tight faces that distort the facial features being a particularly problematic look.

Facial exercises provide a genuine, natural alternative to cosmetic surgery, a non-surgical facelift if you like. They are the perfect option for people who want to look fantastic as they age but still want to look like they have the face they were born with.

The Natural Route

You may be concerned as to how facial exercises work, if they can work and the science behind this subject.

Facial exercises help to build the underlying muscles of the face and this in turn helps to replace some of the fat, collagen and volume that is naturally lost in the face as we age.

Exercising the facial muscles tones and lifts the skin because your facial muscles are attached to your skin. The result is a firmer, lifted look and a brighter complexion. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are also minimized as the skin plumps up.

With facial exercises the results are cumulative and it is never too early or too late to start improving your face the natural way.

Facial Exercise Can Improve Your Looks

There are 57 muscles in the face that we use to help us talk, eat and express emotions. As we age the muscle fiber in our bodies tends to atrophy or become weakened this can lead to drooping and sagging of the face.

We all know that exercising the muscles of the body will lead to a firmer appearance and improved skin tone – we can visibly see the results of a regular exercise program for the body. So it stands to reason that you can achieve these results for your face by exercising this group of muscles as well.

Fat Cells

Under the skin there is an area of fat known as the subcutaneous layer, this also tends to diminish as we age and contributes to the reduction of the firmness of our skin. This loss of fat can give our appearance an older and more tired look.

Facial exercises subtly enlarge the facial muscles restoring a fuller and therefore more youthful look. They also help to increase the circulation of the blood thus allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the skin cells. Increased blood circulation also ensures that any toxins and damaged cells are removed.

The result is the other pleasant side-effect of facial exercise not only do these exercises tighten and firm the skin to create a younger looking appearance they also help to give your skin that attractive, clear and dewy glow.

The Muscles Of The Eyes

The eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of aging with the formation of ‘crows feet’ wrinkles around the eyes, drooping eyelids and hollowing or bags beneath the eyes.

The orbicularis oculi (the muscle surrounding the entire eye) and the levator palpebrae superioris (a thin muscle found in the upper eyelid) can be exercised to increase blood flow to the area and tone the eye area helping to smooth out and open up this area.

The epicranius muscle enables you to lift your eyebrows. Strengthening and toning this muscle helps to tone the upper eyelid, give your eyebrows a more arched appearance and helps them to sit higher on your face. The result is a brighter eyed more alert appearance.

The Muscles Of The Mouth

The orbicularis oris muscles surrounds your entire mouth and exercising this area can help to plump up your lips and cheeks. While the bucinator muscles found on either side of your face just under the cheek also help to firm up the cheek area.

The triangularis menti muscle extends from the mouth to the lower jaw and if you have a drooping mouth that gives you a sad expression this is the muscle to exercise. Exercising this area can help to lift the corners of your mouth.

The Muscles Of The Chin And Neck

The neck is another area of concern as we age. This area is often neglected in skin care regimes with people moisturizing their faces religiously but forgetting to keep the neck adequately hydrated. The dreaded turkey neck is a dead giveaway when it cones to aging.

The platysma muscles are located on either side of the neck and exercising this area can help to tone and smooth the skin in this area.

Exercise Your Face And Get The Look You Want

Your muscles and connective tissue are given a workout with facial exercise and this leads to the skin tightening and wrinkles smoothing out. Fresh oxygen to your skin cells gives your face a youthful glow so as you can see facial exercises provide a complete ant-aging program for your skin.

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