Some evenings I’m bouncing out the door to my dance class to shake off some pounds to the latest beats. But there are days when I have considerably less bounce, which means I stay at home, drink rosé and watch Game of Thrones. Don’t judge.
But I always manage to drag my butt to the bathroom mirror to do my facial exercise. With everything else I’m doing to stay healthy and look youthful, I’m not about to let wrinkles peg me as a woman born in a certain decade. So, what’s so amazing about facial exercise? I’m glad you asked.
Facial exercise, unlike facial massage (which I love, as well), works the 57 muscles in your face and neck to actually help maintain the shape of your face, while also removing toxins from the skin and increasing oxygen and blood circulation, which fights off free-radicals. It’s important to tone your facial muscles because over time the subcutaneous layer (an area of fatty tissue underneath your skin) loses that firm, springy look and feel you had at 20. As a result, the facial skin looks older and in some cases, saggy. Every time we smile, frown and do a hundred different facial expressions, we create “patterns” that turn into wrinkles over the years. And let’s not forget the changes time brings to the neck. Who wants turkey neck? Let’s see a show of hands. No. No one. Great. Let’s talk about how to start an exercise routine for your face and neck.
It’s tempting to do an internet search for “facial exercises” or “facial yoga” as it’s sometimes called and immediately jump into nose wiggles and eyebrow lifts. Don’t do it. Facial exercises aren’t a quick fix. They’re routines created by professionals who understand how the muscles work together and what movements create positive results. Snatching out one segment of a program is like going to the gym every day and just working on your thighs. It’s not going to give you the overall sexy that you’re looking for. You’ve also got to stick with it for a month or two before seeing any real results.
So where do you start? I’ll give you a few of the most famous programs out there, but by all means do your own research.
http://www.carolynsfacialfitness.com/before-after/ is the best-selling program with hundreds of users swearing it’s the map to the fountain of youth.
http://www.shapeyourface.com/ This program gives you a lot of free advice, so you can try out facial exercises before committing any money to DVDs or books.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHIqxR5V6IM Patricia Goroway’s YouTube channel allows you to see her doing the exercises versus trying to figure it out from a book. I’m partial to her program as this is the one I use.
If you want to carry facial exercise techniques around with you wherever you go, there’s an app for that. Actually, there are lots of apps in the Google Play Store and on iTunes. Be sure to research who created it so you’re not following the advice of a quack who simply wanted to create an app. Lastly, my dear reader, remember that keeping your skin healthy and beautiful isn’t about just one technique or product. It’s about eating well, exercising, using good quality natural skincare and non-toxic makeup. And making it to dance class more often than staying home to watch GoT.