Facial Exercises, Take The Youthful Initiative
Facial exercise and massage has many benefits. They will tighten and tone the muscles of the face and neck. Another benefit is they will rejuvenate tired skin by increasing circulation and blood flow. This will give you a healthy glow. The long term benefits are reduction of wrinkles and a youthful look. Facial exercises and massage is a great way to relax as well. A few benefits of facial exercises and massage are:
- a well defined jawline by lifting the muscles of the face and neck
- alleviate bells palsy
- alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder
- better control your facial expressions as you become more aware of your facial muscles
- fuller, smoother lips by toning and relaxing the muscles around the mouth
- upturned corners of the mouth by toning the nasal-labial muscles
- a relaxed forehead by training the muscles to be at ease
- and many, many more!
The Forehead Lift
This exercise will help to diminish those pesky lines on your forehead. First you place your index fingers flat along your hairline. While you push up with your index fingers, push down with your eyebrows. Hold this position for ten seconds, and repeat 3 times.
The Nasal-Labial Line Diminisher
This exercise will work the muscles surrounding the noise and mouth. It is designed to help diminish the lines on the sides of the mouth. Open your mouth wide so that you are making a very long face. With your mouth open, slowly say "ooh, ooh, ooh," 10 times. When you are vocalizing this you make the surrounding muscles contract and relax, which helps to strengthen them.
The Mouth Lifter
This exercise is beneficial when training the corners of your mouth to lift, which creates a more youthful appearance. Tighten the corners of your mouth very hard and pull your lips together. Hold that pose for ten seconds. Repeat 3 times.
The Neck Strengthener
If you ever wanted to have a stronger neck then this is the exercise for you. It works the front and the back of the neck. You move your head forward, leading with your bottom jaw. Next, extend your neck as far as you possibly can and hold that position for ten seconds. After that, return it to the original position. Repeat this exercise three times.
The Jawline Enhancer
This exercise helps to tone and tighten the muscles around the jaw and under the chin. Nothing can make you look older faster than a sagging neckline. The neck and jaw exercises are designed to combat just that. While placing your hand palm side down under your chin, push your chin against your hand. Hold your hand steady for resistance. Do ten reps and three sets.
The Neck and Jawline Toner
This works the front of your neck, as well as the sides. Another great neck definer technique, but this also tones the muscles that support the jawline. This is also a great exercise for someone with TMJ disorder, which can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw. You will need to tilt your head back and extend your jaw. Do you feel that your neck is tightened? You should. Hold that for ten seconds. Do it three times.
The Neck and Jawline Enhancer
This is one of my favorite exercises because you can really feel it. After doing it for so long you can start seeing tangible results. This is a crucial exercise in preventing and diminishing that double chin. Nobody wants jowls! You will turn your head, extend your jaw, and hold that pose for ten seconds. Return your head back to center and do the opposite side. Repeat this exercise three times.
The Vertical Line Diminisher
Who doesn't hate those deep vertical lines in your forehead? This exercise will help to flatten and relax those frown muscles. Gently grasp the skin just above your nose and between your eyebrows where those pesky vertical lines tend to form. You are going to pull gently in and outward direction while pushing down with the inside corner of your eyebrows. Hold this position for ten seconds and repeat three times. *Note: When you are grasping the skin just above your nose it will look like you are pinching a portion of skin.
Between The Brow Relaxer
When you are perplexed, angry or upset there are vertical lines that form between the brows. This exercise will help to prevent this area from drooping. Take three fingers and press firmly between your brows, just above your nose. When you do this concentrate on pressing down the tip of your nose and hold for five seconds. Relax. Do this three more times.
The Frown Reliever
This move helps to treat Bell's palsy. It is designed to relax those muscles between your brow that cause vertical frown lines. Take your index and middle finger and place them just between your eyebrows. Apply slight pressure and use an upward sweeping motion toward the center of your forehead. Hold that pressure for three seconds and then repeat.
This exercise is really relaxing. After a hard day of work, this is a great way to just relax. It increases facial circulation and helps clear your sinuses. Apply slight pressure to the outer corners of your nose with your index finger. Sweep your finger out towards your eats and hold that pose for three seconds. Repeat as much as you need or want.
You can get creative with facial exercises and massages. The key to doing a successful facial massage is always to rub outward and/or upward. This helps to push the toxins out of your face as well. We often workout our body but never our face. These techniques not only help to tone and strengthen, but they also help to relieve tension and stress. Remember though, to stick with it. You cannot see results if you are not diligent in your facial exercises and massages. If you stick with it you will not only look better but you will feel better as well.