Facercises Part II

Facercises Part II

Despite our best attempts to maintain an appearance of youth and vigour, everyone is affected by the laws of gravity and the environment. Once you also add stress and a less-than-perfect diet, it’s inevitable that by our mid-thirties the muscles in our faces will start to sag, wrinkles will form, and our skin will begin to lose its smooth texture and elasticity.
In our last episode we learnt that the effects of time and gravity can be greatly reduced by some simple face exercises, or facercises.
In this 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. So there’s no need to rush for a Botox injection or radical facelift surgery. Facercises are also completely free, painless and totally non-invasive.
And there’s more good news; face exercises will also balance sebum distribution, evening out the oily and dry patches that lead to larger, unsightly pores.
Slowly draw the upper lip upwards, as high as possible, and maintain for 10 seconds. Concentrate on the upper lip and slowly bring it down. Relax.
Have the mouth slightly open. Apply the middle, index, or annular fingers under the eye, on the cheekbone, and relax the upper lip. Curl up the lip as high as possible, maintaining the finger pressure, and keep this position for 10 seconds.
Return slowly to the initial position. Remove the fingers and relax. Now sit upright, facing forwards, and purse your lips together. Lift your pursed lips towards your nose and keep it there for 5 counts, relax and repeat 5 times.
For a well-defined chin and jaw-line, pull your bottom lip over your top lip. Tilt your chin up slightly and smile towards the top of your ears.
Hold for the count of 10. Repeat 5 times. You should feel the ‘burn’ in your jaw and throat.
Lie on your back on the bed or floor. Slowly raise your head, touching your chin to your chest. Then slowly lower your head back down. Repeat 10 times, working up to 50 a day when you are stronger.
There is nothing flattering about a neck with hanging folds of skin. These exercises will help make the skin and muscles taut again.
Sit upright, tilt your head back, looking at the ceiling while keeping your lips closed and then start a chewing movement. You will feel the muscles working in your neck and throat area. Repeat 20 times.
With your head still tilted back, start puckering your lips together in a kiss and stretch the kiss, as if you were trying to kiss the ceiling. Keep your lips puckered for 10 counts, then relax, bring your head back to normal and repeat 5 times.
Now tilt your head back, open your lips and stick your tongue out, as if you were trying to touch your chin with the tip of your tongue. Keep your tongue out in this position for 10 counts, and return your tongue and head to its normal position. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘tiger’s yawn’.
Sit upright and face forward and, while keeping your lips together, separate your teeth by dropping your jaw, and then push your jaw forward, keep for a count of 10, bring back to starting position and repeat 5 times.
Face tapping is yet another good exercise to increase blood circulation. Use light and quick taps on the face with the pads of your middle fingers. Massaging the ears can also go a long way in lending a glow to the face. With index finger and thumb, massage the rim of the ear and pull it slightly. Massage the crevices and spirals of the ear too. This is also blissfully relaxing.
Feeling a bit silly? Well you won’t be when you start seeing visible results in as little as two to three weeks. Stick with the exercises daily and you’ll gradually achieve an overall fresher and youthful look within three months. With facial muscles increasingly supple and rosy, don’t be surprised if your friends and family start to compliment you!Part I of Facercises

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