Face-Ercize, Cynthia Johnson
At one time or another, most over age 40 have considered the benefits and risks of minimizing the process of aging. By age 55, atrophy and gravity will cause face muscles to stretch about one-half inch.
The elasticity and health of the skin are determined greatly on the underlying tone, strength and vitality of the supporting facial muscles. The facial muscles connect to both the skin and the bone, forming the “cushion” on which the skin rests. If this cushion is flat, worn-out, and not consistent in thickness, the skin will not look its best.
Facial exercises strengthen the supportive muscles, skin tone, increase blood flow, assist in bringing nutrition to the skin, and remove toxins from the skin.
It is suggested that facial exercises be done once a day for a month, then scaled down to 3 times a week. After 3 weeks of consistent exercise, you should notice the refreshed and radiant glow caused by an increase in oxygen to your facial muscles.
It is normal for minor spots or blemishes to appear after starting facial exercises because the stimulated skin produces natural oils and lubricants. These minor spots make
lubricants appear until the skin is working correctly again. Ageless™ herbal products, http://www.ageless.co.za/facialneck.html, recommends the following exercises:
- Frown as much as possible and try to bring your eyebrows over your eyes while pulling the eyebrows toward one another. Then, lift your eyebrows as far as possible while opening your eyes wide. Repeat 5 times.
- Sit upright facing forward, and while bringing your eyebrows down over your eyes, wrinkle your nose as far up as possible while flaring your nostrils. Keep for a count of 10, relax and repeat 5 times.
- Gently tone the muscles of the eyes by pressing 2 fingers on each side of your head, at the temples, while opening and closing your eyes rapidly. Repeat 5 times.
- Sit upright with your eyes closed and relaxed. Keep your eyes closed while lifting your eyebrows and stretching your eyelids down as far as possible. Keep in this position for 5 counts, relax and repeat 5 times.
- Sit upright looking straight ahead with your eyes open. Look up then down, while keeping your head still – repeat 10 times. Then look left and right – repeat 10 times.
- With a relaxed smile (lips closed), suck in your cheeks towards and on to your teeth. Hold this for 10 counts, relax and repeat 10 times.
- Look in a mirror. Smile as widely as possible, keeping your lips closed and your mouth corners turned up. Try to make your mouth corners touch your ears. Next, wrinkle your nose and move your cheek muscles upwards. Feel these muscles work. Keep for 5 counts, relax and repeat 10 times.
FACE AND NECK
- Sit upright, tilt your head back, look at the ceiling while keeping your lips closed and then start a chewing movement. You will feel the muscles working in your neck and throat area. Repeat 20 times.
- Sit upright, tilt your head back, look at the ceiling, while keeping your lips closed and relax. Start pukering your lips together and stretch as if you were trying to kiss the ceiling. Keep your lips puckered for 10 counts, relax, bring your head back to its normal position and repeat 5 times.
- Sit upright, tilt your head back, look at the ceiling while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible and keep it there for a count of 5. Relax and repeat 5 times.
Like regular body exercise, facial exercises need to be done regularly to achieve the benefits desired. Say goodbye to that extra chin, crow’s feet, jowls and smile lines, and say hello to a newer you!
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