According to the Today's Woman website, toning the 44 muscles in the face leads to lift, a brighter appearance and a more youthful look. There are a host of exercises you can do to tighten your facial muscles yourself, but you need to do them routinely for five to 10 minutes per day. Once the facial exercise routine becomes established and you've been performing them correctly for about three weeks, you may notice a marked difference in the appearance of your face.
- Skill level:
Place your index fingers just above your eyebrows. Pull downward while using your forehead muscles to attempt to raise your eyebrows. Repeat 10 times.
Lie on your back on your bed. Hang your head over the edge. Simultaneously open your eyes as far as you can and lift your eyebrows as far as possible. Relax and repeat five times.
Frown as hard as you can while pulling your eyebrows closer together and downward toward your eyes. Open your eyes as wide as you can and lift your brows as high as they will go. Relax and repeat five times.
Close your eyes and keep them closed during this exercise. Lift your brows as high as you can make them go while pushing your eyelids down as hard as you can. Hold the position and count to five. Relax and repeat the exercise five times.
Raise your lower eyelids while not allowing the upper eyelids to move. Repeat 10 times. The Today's Woman website indicates this can be a tough exercise to master. Keep trying until you get it.
Look straight ahead. Look upward as far as possible, then downward as far as possible, while your head remains immobile. Relax by looking straight ahead. Repeat five times.
Pucker your lips. Flex your mouth muscles to raise your lips as close to your nose as you can. Hold and count to five. Return your mouth to its relaxed position and repeat the exercise five times.
Suck on one of your fingers as hard as you can. Remove your finger slowly. Repeat ten times.
Smile as widely as possible while keeping your teeth and lips closed. Count to five. Relax and pucker your lips into a kiss position. Count to five, then relax. Repeat the entire exercise 10 times.
Stretch your lips forward into the shape of an "O," then smile as widely as you can. Hold for one second and go back to the "O" shape. Repeat 10 times.
Keep your lips and teeth closed and blow air up under your top lip until the area between your nose and upper lip bulges out. Count to 10. Move the air bubble to your left cheek and count to 10. Move the air bubble to your right cheek and count to 10. Relax and repeat five times.
Smile a closed-lip, relaxed smile. Suck in your cheeks until they are touching your teeth. Hold and count to 10. Relax and repeat 10 times.
Sit straight and tilt your head back until you see the ceiling. Allow your lips to relax, but keep them closed. Pretend you are chewing and make the chewing motion 20 times. Relax and return your head back to a normal position.
Sit or stand, tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Pucker your lips and stretch them as if you are trying to kiss the ceiling. Hold the position and count to five. Relax and bring your head back down. Repeat five times.
Sit upright and tilt your head back to look at the ceiling. Keep your lips relaxed and together. Bring your bottom lip up over your top lip as far as you can. Hold and count to five. Bring your head back down until you are looking straight ahead. Repeat exercise 10 times.
Tips and warnings
- Relax your face muscles after exercising. Open your mouth as far as it will go. Feel the lip, cheek and chin muscles stretch. Release, the repeat until your face feels relaxed. This also relieves tension and increases circulation.
- The exercises should not hurt. Should you experience pain, stop the exercises and consult your physician.
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