The muscles of the face, like any other muscle group in the body, must be exercised on a regular basis to maintain tone and function, says the Health Guidance Organization. In roughly 10 minutes a day, facial exercises can improve circulation and work muscles that keep the skin looking fresh and healthy, reduce sagging skin caused by poor muscle tone and even help avoid creation of deep lines and wrinkles that add years to the appearance.
Firming the Jaw Line
Avoid sagging jowls and loose skin around the jaw line by performing this exercise. Place the tips of the index finger of each hand at the top of the nasolabial fold, the crease that starts at the nose and extends around the mouth. Now, smile while at the same time applying pressure on the crease, creating muscle resistance, suggests the Facial Exercises Guide. You should feel pressure around the muscles of the upper lip area. Hold the contraction for three to five counts, then relax. Repeat this exercise 20 to 30 times a day.
Chin and Neck Swallows
Stand or sit, shoulders back, head straight. Tilt the head back so you’re looking at the ceiling. Lift and press the tongue to the roof of your mouth and then swallow. Next, keeping the tongue pressed against the roof of the mouth, tilt your head slightly to the right and swallow again, says Facial Exercises Guide. Then lift the head and tilt it to the left, still keeping the tongue pressed against the roof of the mouth. Swallow again. Repeat the circuit–up, right and left–three or four times once a day.
The Lion Face works the entire face musculature and helps release toxins, says Time magazine in its photo essay of facial yoga. Scrunch all the muscles of the face by tightly squeezing the eyes closed, puckering the lips and closing the fists. Try to scrunch every muscle in the face and hold for 10 to 15 seconds.
Open the eyes as wide as you can. Open the mouth as wide as you can at the same time, then stick out the tongue as far as you can. Try to hold this position for about 1 minute, even if your tongue starts dripping and your eyes water.
Open the eyes as wide as you can without moving a single muscle on your forehead. Keep them open and stare at something in front of you for about 10 seconds, then relax. This works the muscles around the eyes. Don’t be surprised if your eyes water. Repeat this exercise about five times.
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