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Facial Exercises

Updated on July 15, 2011

Facial Exercises

Facial Magic Exercises
Facial Magic Exercises

Facial Magic User

Jackie Silver, Author of "Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young"
Jackie Silver, Author of "Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young"

Sagging Cheeks - Lift Using Facial Exercises

How many times did you stand in front of your mirror this week only to gently lift the sides of your face up and back into the hairline? This futile action may have temporarily "lifted" your appearance but if you want to have lasting results, those sagging cheek muscles need a rescue regime and they need it now.

Full, beautiful cheeks are vital to a youthful face. Nasal labial folds develop when the mid face begins to sag; facial muscles droop and pool into other muscles and muscle groups creating the look of old.

Sagging cheeks portray a clear indication that the muscles in the face no longer adequately support the skin; that downward slide elongates your face in subtle ways. At first you may notice fine lines developing and a slight shift in your facial appearance may be evident only to you; but you know what is happening, don't you? This is aging and it won't stop ever.

The upper and lower face muscles weave over and under each other; one end attaches to bone in the skull and the other muscle end attaches either to another muscle or directly into the skin. As these muscles soften from disuse, the fullness of your face is affected as jowls, pouches and sagging cheeks develop.

Atrophied, softened muscles drag down your skin to form the look of old we dread. It isn't so funny when you see Great Aunt Hilda's chin developing below your jaw. Hereditary or not, sagging cheeks, double chins and more quickly add up to wearing a matronly face.

Men and women worldwide share the desire to maintain a youthful face. In our youth-obsessed society, wrong or right, a beautiful or handsome face often seems to enjoy special attention and more interest but youthfulness can wane.

There was a time that anti-aging options were limited to mostly skin care lotions and potions, facials, lasers, injections and surgery.

Now that consumers are savvy to the fact that these temporary modalities require repeated maintenance updates and refreshment, more and more patients realize that their hard earned money is not well spent. After all, who wants to frequently inject costly, synthetic chemicals and fillers that carry dire warnings and partake in dangerous surgical alterations when it is well-known that these measures attribute to aging?

In addition to wrecking your skin there is evidence that many adverse reactions occur in the weeks and months following invasive procedures such as injections and surgeries. These potential complications can include allergic reactions, swelling, inflammatory reactions that result in nodule formation, cold sores, arthritis and other immune challenges, infection, bruising, bleeding, blisters, cysts, lumps, bumps, numbness and migration issues.

Remember, you may not see complications immediately but they can rear their ugly head at any time after the initial procedure has been completed.

Buying risky injections and submitting to dicey surgeries can challenge your senses when you realize that you no longer recognize the face reflected in your mirror.

Even in the best case scenarios, when everything goes perfectly, eventually you will be faced with 'revision decisions' because it won't be long until you recognize the subtle shifting and you are faced with more injections and surgery.

Do you feel like a gerbil yet?

What if plastic surgery and injections were obsolete?

How surprised would you be to learn that sagging cheeks, droopy necks, jowls and pouches do not require surgical intervention or fillers that plump and injections that paralyze?

There is a way to tighten your face and lift your features using specialized contouring and isometric contractions that require only a few minutes of your time with results that rival the face you loved ten to fifteen years ago.

Here's how this happens: Thumbs and fingers in white cotton exercise gloves are easily manipulated into movements, think resistance and contraction, that work to sculpt your facial muscles.

A droopy face indicates that muscles are shifting and pooling into other muscles and muscle groups; when certain specific isometric exercise contractions are used, muscles "awaken" and begin to return to their more youthful shape. The skin is revitalized as beneficial nutrients via oxygenated blood are unleashed, the muscles plump up and the face looks younger.

Repositioning the underlying muscles means you can wear a younger looking face. Manipulating lax facial muscles, then seeing and feeling them respond, will dramatically enhance your good looks and elevate your confidence level.

Slow yet deliberate exercise movements are taught first for the heaviest muscles in the face and neck. Week One teaches you how to successfully contract the upper cheek and the upper eye muscles. These two actions will noticeably improve the smoothness of your skin while lifting the cheeks, forehead and upper eyes. These two exercises require thirty-five seconds each.

You don't have to go anywhere or buy special equipment - these treatments are done in the privacy of your home.

Week Two begins by performing the two exercises learned in Week One and then adding two new actions that address the lower cheeks and lower mouth - firming and lifting the jowls and pouches. Performing these four exercises requires only seconds of your time. From the beginning your face will feel more toned and lifted and soon your reflection in the mirror will reveal changes.

Over the next seven weeks you will teach yourself the simple yet easy steps to keep your face looking toned and younger. Neck, double chin, the dreaded wattle, under eyes, upper lips, crow's feet and more can be enhanced when you realize that the power of looking younger is in your hands.

Mindful, proactive, safe, sane and natural methods will assure that you age spectacularly. Smiling never felt so good! And, your cheeks? Wowee Zowee!

Could Botox Create The Zombie Nation?

Looking your best has never been easier. There are so many avenues from which to choose – just thumb through any slick magazine, your local newspaper or log on to a favorite news site and the choices become practically endless because many, many advertisers are vying for your dollars proclaiming that wrinkles, sags and bags can be remedied using these expensive lotions, potions and serums.

Buying good looks is very common. No matter if you are a boardroom executive or a bored housewife, you have probably given some thought to creating a better looking face. After all, Mother Nature isn’t always kind to faces over forty.

Looking younger is an international epidemic resulting from the idea that we are living longer than our ancestors and that if we want to successfully compete in today’s world we must continue to look young and vibrant.

Again and again we have heard that sixty is the new forty; we know that our grandparents and parents did not look like we look now at the same age and most of us have decided that we are going to fight aging every step of the way.

There is nothing wrong with fighting a good fight to keep an aged face at bay, after all, who wants to look old? It’s the methods offered that can cause great concern for our long-term good health that needs to get and keep our attention.

Maybe you have decided that plastic surgery is not for you. Cutting perfectly healthy tissue in the name of beauty has its drawbacks – the incidence of infection, recovery time, time away from the family and job, dissatisfaction with the results and the risk of death are all hazards that can be avoided just by saying no.

What about a “liquid facelift”? It isn’t so dangerous, right?

A liquid facelift is performed with needles bearing serums that plump and paralyze. It seems that users of these serums have forgotten or maybe they have never been told that long-term testing has not been completed on most of these toxic injectables, so it’s truly a buyer beware life and death scenario.

What is really interesting about these serums is the paperwork presented by physicians that require your signature when you are serious about using these preparations.

Usually one believes that a physician has your best interests at heart but after reading the paperworkthat outlines the contraindications of Botox, one has to step back and consider the blatant ramifications of allowing a toxin to be willingly injected into the body.

Knowing that Botox has only been approved for the frown lines between the eye brows, it is curious that it is being used “off label” for other areas such as crow’s feet, vertical neck bands and more.

The warnings include the usual superfluous ones like swelling, redness at the injection site and maybe a drooping eyelid that will probably correct itself in a few weeks – certainly in less than three months. The very telling danger lies in the words of caution such as:

• Paralysis of a nearby muscle that could interfere with opening the eye(s)
• Disorientation, double vision or past pointing (dizziness or imbalance)
• Temporary asymmetrical appearance
• Abnormal or lack of facial expression
• Local numbness
• Headache, nausea or flu-like symptoms
• Swallowing, speech or respiratory disorders
• Facial pain
• Product ineffectiveness
• Muscle atrophy
• Nerve irritability
• Production of antibodies with unknown effect to general health
• Death
• Serious disability

Some of the most unusual authorization aspects are the statements that a patient must agree to if they choose Botox:

• I am aware and accept that no guarantees about the results of the procedure have been made or implied.

• I understand and accept that the long-term effects of repeated use of Botox Cosmetic are as yet unknown.

The effects of Botox are temporary yet the effects can be lethal.

Scary indeed especially now that there is evidence that the serum migrates via the nerve cells. Having a Botox’d brain may mean you no longer have full access to your faculties. What if this results in slowed or deliberate speech or even worse?

Why chance any occurrence that could potentially harm your good health? What price beauty indeed?

What if you could easily begin to stop frown lines without using anything harmful? Would you be interested in knowing that a tightened forehead is possible using only exercise? Could you invest in yourself with an all-natural alternative that requires no doctor visits or any type of invasive procedure?

This all-natural alternative is isometric and resistance exercise. Yes! Exercise can easily change the shape and contour of your face and once you learn the routine, there is no need for further expenditure because the technology is yours forever. Just keep in mind that exercise can work for you like facial plastic surgery and Botox by addressing: droopy eyelids and brows, sagging cheeks, jowls, pouches, double chins and more

Imagine looking ten to fifteen years younger without ever relying on invasive injections in the face or risky surgeries that require repeating. These modalities do not always make you look younger; rather surgery and injections mostly make you look like you have had work done and maybe even a little freakish.

Eye Lift Exercise

Facial Anti-Aging Tips

Facial Anti-Aging - Skincare

When most people think about facial anti-aging the first thing that springs to mind is moisturizing to keep your facial skin soft and supple. This is a good start but you can go further than this by choosing a skin product that will protect your face from the sun. It is a well known fact that sun exposure causes dry skin, lines and wrinkles. So you should choose a moisturizer with an SPF factor of at least 15.

Wearing sunglasses will protect the delicate skin around your eyes and you are less likely to squint, squinting against strong sun light for long periods will cause crow’s-feet and wrinkles.

Exfoliating your skin regularly will remove the top layer of dead skin cells, if left this layer forms a hard crust and prevents your moisturizer from penetrating deep into your skin where it delivers the most benefits.

Taking vitamin supplements will also help with facial anti-aging Vitamins A, C, D and E are powerful antioxidants which will help to fight free radicals. Vitamin E, in particular, is good for your skin and you will find it in many skincare products too.

Eating a diet rich in these vitamins will feed your skin from the inside.

Facial Anti Aging - Massage

A facial anti aging massage can easily be done at home using a good quality moisturizer.

With the fingers of both hands flat on your face, give your face an anti aging massage and massage the moisturizer into your skin using firm circular upward movements. The direction of the movements is important for facial anti aging.

At the same time, hold your head up with your chin thrust forward and your eyes wide open to stretch the skin smooth. It might help to also open your mouth so your facial expression is one of wide-eyed astonishment.

Make the massage as firm and deep as you can but take care not to pull or drag your skin. Your fingers must slide across your face easily.

Cover every part of your face, starting with your cheeks and keeping the movements circular and in an upwards direction, make your way right up to your hairline. Don’t forget your chin and under your jaw line too.

Facial Anti-Aging - Facial Exercises

The muscles of the face are very intricate, giving mobility to every single inch of it. The most important, from a facial anti aging point of view, are the zygomaticus muscles which extend across the cheeks from the temples to the corners of the mouth, keeping the contours of the face firm.

All the facial muscles determine the expression of the features. Chewing exercises the face.

Smiling and laughing, although they may add a few lines around your nose, eyes and mouth, also exercise cheek muscles and pull the corners of your mouth in an upward direction, preventing your face from sagging.

The muscles in your face react negatively to stress, emotion and tension. It's easy to get into the habit of grimacing, frowning and raising eyebrows and this leads to lines and wrinkles that become more definite with each passing year.

For facial anti aging do facial exercises regularly, this will improve and maintain the characteristics of a youthful contour and covering.

If you want to smooth out your frown lines, visibly tighten up a wrinkly neck and lose your saggy cheeks simple facial exercises are the answer.

As with any exercises it takes 2-3 weeks to see any noticeable improvement but done every day Facial Exercises can transform your face by promoting facial anti aging.

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      sord87 6 years ago

      Something important to most women,an exercise that will keep younger look all the time.I think women should agree for what you have written and advise.Good information.TQ

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      NANETTE 4 years ago

      I have been doing the Facial Exercises and using your Facial Magic Lift Products now for six years and I am just so pleased with the results. No one will believe me if I tell them I am now 55 years old.

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      Tiffanypsen 2 years ago

      These anti aging secrets are awesome.I’m going to try some of these ! One of my friends got a cheek augmentation from Dr. Asif Pirani of Toronto. She had amazing results as it helped her look over 10 years younger. She has advised me to moisturize my skin with olive oil twice daily. I think this tip will be helpful; for your readers. Thanks for the great article.

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      Allan Philip 2 years ago from Toronto

      Well done, I feel younger already. Thank you!

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