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Anti-aging Facial Exercises

Your face and scalp consist of 10 muscle groups that are attached to bone as well as your skin – unlike other parts of your body. This factor allows us to make millions of facial expressions, which overtime can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as we age. However, the good news is you can work these muscles in your face to tighten and tone them to make your skin appear much firmer and youthful. 1. Facial Yoga Facial yoga is a great routine to sculpt the muscles of your face and neck by increasing blood circulation and releasing tension in your facial muscles. It is especially beneficial in preventing smile lines and also in toning the cheek muscles. Start by standing straight but relaxed and inhaling deeply through your mouth. Trap the air in your mouth and extend your cheeks, as if you’re blowing into a trumpet. Hold for one minute and then slowly exhale via your nose. Repeat 5 times several times a day for best results. 2. Neck The front of the neck holds a muscle called the platysma. As we age, this muscle and the skin overlying it becomes loose and begins to sag. Performing a neck exercise can help tone your platysma, giving you a tighter neck and jawline. Start by sitting or standing straight and turning your head so that you’re looking at the ceiling. Keep still and press your tongue to your palate (the roof of your mouth). You should feel a slight strain in the muscles at the front of your neck. Keep pressing your palate with your tongue and bring your chin to your neck. You should feel the platsyma and your chin muscles contracting. 3. Cheeks Age can cause your cheek muscles to sag as well. To prevent this, stand in front of a mirror to ensure you perform this exercise right. Do your biggest smile with your lips closed and the corners of your mouths almost touching your ears. Allow your cheek muscles to move up by wrinkling your nose and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times every day to tighten facial muscles. 4. Forehead Starting to see signs of folds on your forehead already? Try doing this exercise. Place both of your index fighter right below the eyebrow, above each of your eyes. Lift your eyebrows as high as possible while pulling down the skin under it at the same time with your index fingers. Repeat 10 times every day to prevent lines on your forehead.

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