Face Exercise: How to do a Complete Facial Workout!
Face exercises, also called face yoga , face firming , face lifting or facial resistance training , are exercises designed to tone and strengthen the 55 muscles of the face to give you a natural non-invasive face lift without surgery.
Why would you want to tone your face muscles? Because the muscles that sit underneath the skin provide it with support, and when those muscles become weak through disuse, they start to atrophy or waste away. Once that happens, the skin can start to sag due to gravity, and develop fine lines and wrinkles as a result of declining collagen levels.
By strengthening your facial muscles however, you can help to slow down this process by keeping the skin tight and firm. Furthermore, face exercises will also stimulate the production of collagen, so you should notice a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles too.
Another benefit of doing face exercises is that they increase the flow of blood to the skin. With improved blood circulation, your face will appear more radiant as its complexion or skin tone will be improved.
Hold back the signs of facial aging with face exercises.
Exercising the muscles of the face also serves to stimulate the lymphatic system that sits underneath the skin. This system relies entirely upon movement for it to operate, and is what s responsible for removing waste and toxins from the body.
So by doing face exercises on a regular basis, you will also help to improve the clarity of your skin so that you suffer from less spots, pimples and discolorations.
In the video below, Jack LaLanne, then aged 88, discusses the benefits of doing facial gymnastics and how they can keep you looking young.
The overall result of doing facial exercises is a natural face lifting effect that produces a younger and more attractive looking you. And this is exactly what you shall learn how to do in this guide, as we discuss the different types of face exercises for the different parts of the face.
The Muscles of the Face
Below is a picture that shows the muscles of the face. You may find it helpful to look at this picture when doing your face lifting exercises, as it will allow you to better visualize the specific muscles that you are working out.
Face exercises strengthen the muscles of the face, and also stimulate collagen and elastin production.
2: Levator labii superioris
3: Zygomaticus minor
4: Zygomaticus major
6: Levator anguli oris
7: Depressor labii inferioris
10: Orbicularis oculi
11: Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi
12: Orbicularis oris
14: Depressor anguli oris
The following picture shows some of the lines that can appear on the face as a result of normal aging:
There are many regions on the face that the signs of aging can show.
Just for interest, the picture below shows a Chinese face map. The Chinese believe that you can tell a lot about the health of the body simply by looking at the face. So there may be some other benefits to doing face exercises in addition to the benefits that it has on your skin.
The Chinese believe that organs can be mapped to the face.
How to Make Face Exercises Work
In order for any type of face exercise to be effective, your muscles must be stimulated past a critical threshold . Below this threshold, face exercises are largely ineffective.
The easiest way to determine whether you have passed the critical threshold, is to look out for a mild burning or stinging sensation in your muscles after doing your workout.
This sensation is due to the build up of lactic acid, and indicates that your muscles have been sufficiently stressed for them to grow and develop stronger. You can get rid of this burning sensation simply by massaging the affected area.
Most of the face exercises on this page are isometric face exercises, as they are based on the principle of contracting and relaxing your muscles in order to increase their strength. It is this muscle contraction and relaxation that gives you the burn when doing face lifting exercises.
Bodybuilders eat protein rich foods immediately after a workout to maximize muscle growth. You should follow a similar principle when doing face exercises, by doing them shortly before or after a meal.
Bodybuilders know that after a workout they should eat foods rich in protein, as this allows the muscles to grow bigger and repair themselves. Normally, this is done within 30 minutes after a workout.
You can therefore maximize the benefits you get from face exercises by doing them shortly before or after you eat. Doing this will provide the muscles you have just exercised with the protein (amino acids) they need.
Face Exercise Preparation Skin Care
Facial exercises are, for many people, a way to hold back the signs of aging without having to resort to facelift plastic surgery.
As a result, it s not uncommon for age conscious individuals to incorporate face exercises into their regular anti-aging skin care routine, as this way they can tackle aging with both cosmetics and with exercise.
Face exercises are not just a modern fad .
Before you begin doing face exercises, there are a few things that you should do to prepare first:
Wash Your Hands
As you will be touching your face with your fingers, always make sure that your hands have been properly cleansed with soap. Touching your face with dirty hands will transfer bacteria to the face, which could then cause an outbreak of spots and pimples to develop.
Cleanse And Moisturize Your Face
If you get into the habit of washing and cleansing your face before you do your face exercises, you ll find it much easier to fit them into your schedule as you will be incorporating them into your normal everyday skincare routine.
After your face has been cleansed, apply a light moisturizer. This is important, because by keeping your skin moist you will reduce the likelihood of it forming micro-creases which could develop into unwanted fine lines.
Below we look at some of the different types of face exercises that you can now try:
Forehead face exercises.
Exercising your forehead muscles (occipitofrontalis/frontalis muscle) can be very beneficial in helping to maintain a younger looking appearance. This is because when your forehead starts to sag it can also cause your upper eyelids to sag, which can then make your face look old and tired.
By keeping your forehead skin nice and tight, you can therefore make your face look more refreshed and awake without having to undergo a surgical face lift, brow lift or Botox. If you have very saggy upper eyelids however, you may require upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in order to obtain satisfactory results.
The following routine targets the lower forehead in addition to the upper region of the eyebrows.
• Place one finger horizontally across the top of each eyebrow and pull down slightly.
• Raise your eyebrows working against the resistance created by the weight of your fingers.
• Hold momentarily, and then lower your eyebrows again.
When doing this sequence, remember to look out for the burn as that will indicate that you are doing the exercise correctly.