Facial Exercises to Eliminate Facial Lines

One discouraging aspect of ageing is losing the elasticity in your skin, accompanied by telling wrinkles and lines. The good news is that, unlike other muscles in the body, your facial muscles are attached to your skin. By exercising your face, you can reduce and remove many of those annoying lines. The following exercises, as presented by Thomas Hagerty (see References section), have been found helpful in reducing the signs of ageing. For each of the exercises listed below, it is recommended that you begin by moistening the skin, using either water, oil or a facial moisturiser.

Around the Eyes

The area around the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin on your body and often is the first to form wrinkles. The simplest form of exercising the muscles surrounding the eyes is to do a wink. To do this effectively, close your eye part way. Closing it tightly may increase crow's feet instead of remedying them. Hold the wink for 1 second, open your eye and repeat the wink. Depending on your comfort level, do 50 reps of this wink once or twice a day.

The Front of the Neck

The front of the neck is another area that shows early signs of ageing. Tilt your head back slightly, keeping your chin and nose centred. Press your tongue firmly to the roof of your mouth. This will tighten up all the muscles along the front of your neck. Keeping your tongue to the roof of the mouth, lower your chin toward your neck. To check if your form is correct, make sure the muscle at the top of your neck directly below your chin feels tense as you raise and lower your head. There is no recommendation as to how many times to repeat the motion. Just exercise caution so you don't overwork the muscles.

On the Forehead

Exercising your scalp is effective in treating forehead wrinkles and can also remedy hair loss. Unfortunately, it is also the most difficult exercise to do. There are two basic movements to this exercise. The first involves raising and lowering your eyebrows, using the muscles at the front of your head. The second motion involves contracting the muscles at the back of your head, causing your ears to move back and forward. If you're having difficulty doing this second motion--women find it harder than men--try lying down with your head on a pillow and pulling your ears back. The pillow will help tell you if you're actually contracting the correct muscles and will help you gain more control as you practice. Try doing these exercises for a few minutes and build up to roughly 5 minutes.

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