Do Facial Exercises Really Work?

Updated April 17, 2017

Two different theories have emerged concerning facial exercises. One group says facial exercises diminish wrinkles while others think that facial exercises make lines and wrinkles worse. If you do facial exercises correctly, they will help reduce lines and wrinkles.

Use Caution

If you want to see positive results when you do facial exercises, use caution. Be careful to use only light pressure on your face and don't stretch your skin too far with your fingers. You might want to only do exercises in which you aren't creating wrinkles (look in the mirror to see what your skin looks like while doing your exercises). This might not be necessary, but if you're concerned about making wrinkles worse, this would be one way to make sure that doesn't happen.

Be Consistent

If you want to see results with your facial exercises, you will need to do them daily. They are smaller muscles and will take more work to get results. You should choose several different exercises so that you work all the muscles of your face. This will help you get the best results.

Be Realistic

Have realistic expectations when doing facial exercises. You won't be able to get rid of all signs of ageing. Facial exercises do help tone the facial muscles and reduce sagging and wrinkling, but your skin can only improve so much.

Finding Good Exercises

Eve Fraser, Carol Maggio and Carolyn Cleaves all sell books or DVDs with facial exercises. You probably should start with some free exercises first to see how they work for you and if you can commit the time to do them daily (see Resources).


Give yourself a facial massage every day to get better results and better looking skin. You can do this after your facial exercises or right before bed to help you relax. Give yourself a scalp massage. This helps relieve a lot of tension and also improves the appearance of your hair and scalp.
Be careful with your exercises. Don't work your muscles too hard. You shouldn't feel pain or have a headache after doing your exercises. Experiment with exercises to see which you like best. Give each type of exercise at least two weeks to see whether it produces results for you. You might see results sooner, but results are different for each person.

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