Facercises Part I

Facercises Part I

Holding back the signs of ageing has become a preoccupation for all of us. Often it’s simply because our self-esteem is affected by how people interact with us – feeling and looking younger than our age is always a boost. So you can see why putting your best face forward is a priority.
Many people spend serious money on moisturisers to achieve a firm, even complexion. Yet there’s a much easier way to achieve similar results: facial exercises. These exercises, designed to tone every part of your face and neck, help increase the blood flow and encourage a healthy, vibrant glow.
The wonderful advantage of ‘facercises’ is that no equipment is required, other than to stand in front of a mirror while you practise. In fact, you’ll probably get the added benefit of laughter therapy – you won’t be able to resist giggling at all the funny faces you have to pull!
We will begin with the area on the forehead. Between the eyebrows can easily become lined and full of wrinkles. Facial exercises can be a great help.
Try to frown as much as possible and then try to bring your eyebrows over your eyes, while pulling the eyebrows towards one another. Lift your eyebrows as far as possible while opening your eyes as far as possible as well. Repeat 5 times.
Next, lie on your bed with your head hanging over the edge. Lift your eyebrows as high as possible, with your eyes opening very wide. Relax, and repeat 10 times.
Now we’ll move on to the eye area. The skin around the eye is the thinnest and most fragile skin found on the body and wrinkles in this area cause great ageing of the face.
You can gently tone the muscles of the eyes by pressing two fingers on each side of your head, at the temples, while opening and closing your eyes rapidly. Repeat 5 times.
Next, sit upright with your eyes closed and relaxed. While keeping your eyes closed, first look down and then look up as far as possible. Repeat 10 times.
Now, close your eyes and relax. Keep your eyes closed while lifting your eyebrows and stretching your eyelids down as far as possible. Keep in this position for 5 counts, relax, and repeat 5 times.
It’s a little-known fact that the nose grows and spreads out with age. Who wants that! This exercise will help keep it in its current proportions.
Have the mouth slightly open and flare the nostrils. Wrinkle up the nose as far as possible and relax the upper lip.
Our poor cheeks are often ignored but loose skin forms a hang-dog look which is terribly ageing. These exercises will help firm them up again, lifting the cheek muscles back over the cheekbones.
Sit upright, facing forward with lips closed but relaxed. Pucker and pout your lips using the muscles in your cheeks. (Feel with your fingers that you are using your cheek muscles.) Keep it puckered for a count of 10, relax and repeat 10 times.
Have a relaxed smile with your lips closed and then suck in your cheeks, towards and onto your teeth. Hold this for 10 counts, relax and repeat 10 times.
Pout your top lip, turning the corners of your lips upwards and move your cheek muscles towards your eyes. You should, at this stage, try to get your top lip touching your nose. Keep in this position for 10 counts, relax and repeat 5 times.
Keep your teeth and lips closed, and blow air under your top lip and keep it there for 10 counts. Then move it to your left cheek side, hold for 10, to your lower lip, hold for 10, and then to your right cheek side while holding it for a count of 10. Repeat 5 times.
In our next episode we’ll cover the facercises for the lips, jowls and chin, and the neck and throat area.
You’ll be surprised how doing daily, resistance-type facial exercises will tone your face, lift your facial muscles and restore lost tautness naturally. They’re also completely free, painless and totally non-invasive.
It’s time to bolt the bathroom door and start limbering up!Part II

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