Facial exercise routines help improve skin tone, texture, and facial muscles. But done properly, it can also help with facial bone mass.
See why this is important for a younger looking face as you age and what you can do about it at home.
In the image above, a CT scan shows that between the ages of 20 and 60 we begin to lose bone mass around the eye sockets, which adds to the appearance of droopy, puffy eyes.
And the bones around the middle and especially the lower face, shrink and recede, which contributes to sagging jowls and neck lines.
This decrease in bone mass, along with loss of natural volume (facial fat pads) in the mid-face, means the skin and muscle have "less to hold on to", less support, causing the face to sag downward.
Some of the benefits of facial exercises, include a firmer and improved skin tone.
But, face exercises (if done properly) can also help maintain bone and muscle mass, and support the production of collagen, elastin, and muscle fibers. All of which contributes to a younger, firmer face and neck.
The right facial exercise can also help build muscle fiber, rejuvenate connective tissues and revitalize bone. However, the exercise has to be the type that puts pressure on the muscle and tension on the bone.
According to Dr. Frederick Rossiter, M.D., most facial muscles are attached to bone on one end and the other end attached to another muscle and all this attached to the skin.
So if you contract the muscle first, then, with mild pressure, slide your fingers across the skin, you are building muscle mass (fiber) which helps lift the skin and challenging and rejuvenating facial bones too.
The exercise of contracting muscles and sliding across the skin helps keep connective tissues healthy and strong and promotes the growth of muscle fibers, collagen and elastin. 1
There is a difference between simple facial toning exercises and an anti-aging facial resistance program that builds and strengthens the skin, muscles, connective tissues and facial bones.
Facial toning exercises work well when you’re young. But, once you’re past a certain age, you'll gain more benefits if you include resistance exercises too.
Also, it's important to engage in a facial workout that targets hard to tone areas – like the lower half of the face (jowls, double chin, neck, and chest) and helps maintain healthy facial bone mass.
No, they're not hard to do. It may take a few days to learn the exercises, but after that you can practically do them in your sleep...well at least you can do them in bed!
The exercise facial workout that I currently use actually suggests you do them lying down to take advantage of gravity.
Engage in anti-aging facial exercises that emphasize muscle resistance training and also puts pressure on the face and bones at the same time.
It’s a win-win-win for a more youthful face.
The combination of building facial muscle and preventing facial bone loss adds volume and lift to the skin and face.
Volume is what gives your face that youthful look. Why do you think injectable fillers (like Restylane) are so popular?
While exercise facial workouts may not restore volume to the level injectable fillers can, the results from a facial workout are natural, inexpensive, and free from side effects or downtime.
There are a lot of good facial exercise programs available, and I can honestly say I tried many of them. But, I’m impressed with the simplicity and ease of Facial Fitness by Carolyn.
Her attention to target the classic signs of facial aging along with her ongoing detailed anti-aging research on preventing (and restoring) facial bone loss is impressive.
This face exercise program was designed to be done lying down to take advantage of the gravitational pull. You can do them anywhere you're comfortable, in bed or on the floor. And you don’t have to do them all at once. Do whatever works best for your schedule.
My Exercise Schedule:
I usually do about half in the morning (takes about 6-7 minutes) and the other half after I wash my face before bed at night (another 6-7 minutes). Easy!
The Jowl Press
This exercise helps tighten sagging pouches along the jowl line.
You can perform this exercise several times a day as need. Everyone is different so you need to find the correct number of times that works for you and lifts and smooths the lower jowl area.
What Do You Gain?
What do you gain if you exercise your facial muscles using a program that includes bone remodeling?
Healthier, smoother and more resilient skin, facial muscles - all while maintaining health facial bone mass.
And, the good feeling knowing that you’re taking control of facial aging in a way that creams and even plastic surgery cannot do.
A: Yes, they work, as long as you keep doing them. In the beginning, you'll need to do face exercises about 3-4 times a week. Once you've achieved your goals, you can cut back to a maintenance level of 1-2 times a week.
A: Yes! Both men and women can benefit from facial exercises to help firm the face and rejuvenate facial bones.
A: Yes, cheekbone exercises do work if you do them on a regular basis. However, it's best not to spot train. For the best and most elegant results from facial exercises, you should do a full workout. Then, if you have areas of your face that need extra work, you can do bonus exercises to help that area.
A: That depends on your age, the health of your skin, your diet, and many other factors. But, for most people, slight results can be seen as soon as 4-6 weeks. The full effects of facial exercises can take months to a year. It's important to take pictures weekly, so you can document your progress. Check out my many before and after pictures here. You can see major changes within about 3 months.
A: Absolutely! That's one of the major advantages to facial exercises. The stronger and firmer your underlying facial muscles are, the firmer your skin will look. And stronger facial muscles can help keep facial fat pads in place. With age, facial fat pads slowly slide downward toward our jowls and neck, this contributes to an "aged" appearance.
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