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I've been searching for simple facial exercises for the cheeks and mid-face area. Ones that give the best results in the least amount of time.
Firmer, fuller cheeks can really give you a more youthful appearance. Plus, when you lift sagging cheeks the lower part of the face gets a small lift too.
While it's ok to do extra cheek exercises if you weren't born with naturally high, full cheeks. But it should always be done in conjunction with a full facial workout for a beautiful balanced look.
And, you should only do this upon advice from a facial exercise specialist as the cheek and eye muscles tend to build up rather quickly - resulting in an odd or overbuilt look that's not desirable by most.
With that being said - here is one simple facial exercise that can help firm the cheeks and even tighten the lower half of the face.
This cheek exercise is from Carolyn's Facial Fitness program. She adds an interesting twist to this and suggests doing these exercises lying down for best results.
This allows you to take advantage of gravity for faster results.
Start with a clean face. Lie flat on the floor or in bed (without a pillow).
To create more resistance, try raising your head a few inches off the floor at the same time you're pushing down on your cheeks.
Then lower your head back to the floor when you release the push.
Results - Aside from a little soreness, most people begin to see results within a couple of weeks.
Remember, for the best results, consider doing facial exercises for the cheeks (and the rest of your face and neck) about 3-4 times a week.
According to Carolyn, a facial exercise program (which includes cheek exercises) should be scheduled according to your age. For example:
Those between the ages of 30-40 should try to aim for 2-3 times a week.
Those over age 40, should consider doing facial exercises at least 3-4 times a week
Final note on facial exercises….........
Most experts in this field warn about exercising only one area of the face (i.e. spot training).
It’s fine to do extra exercises for troubled spots or if you want faster results in a particular area, but again, I would consult with an expert before embarking on extra bonus exercises on your own.
In the past I've been tempted to spot train certain areas that bothered me. What I got was a bulky odd, overbuilt look.
Working ALL the muscles of the face and neck on a steady schedule is best for several reasons:
And speaking of the neck: You should have seen what a mess my neck was before starting this facial workout! Check out my before and after neck pictures........These results came about after only a few short weeks!
It only takes 15 minutes using this Facial Fitness program to lift sagging cheeks and firm the whole face too.
A pilot study published in the JAMA Dermatology showed that after 20 weeks of steady facial exercising, there was a significant improvement in upper and lower cheek fullness. And that the study participants were highly satisfied with their results.
While researches state that since the sample group was small and there was no control group to compare the results; further research is warranted to fully asses the findings. I say, just
look at your before and after pictures.
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