An exercise facial helps improve skin tone, texture, and facial muscles. But done properly, it also helps maintain facial bone mass. See why this is important for a younger looking face and how you can do this at home.
Why should you exercise facial muscles? Many people know the benefits of facial exercises include a lifted face and improved skin tone.
But, not many realize that (if done properly) facial exercises can help maintain bone mass which can help make your face look younger.
How? Because loss of facial bone mass can contribute to sagging skin and other age-related changes in your face and neck.
Photo: Live Science. Credit: Howard Langstein/University of Rochester Medical Center
Why is facial bone loss important?
The bones in our face slowly shrink and recede with age, which contributes to a sagging downward appearance.
A CT scan show that between the ages of 20 and 60 we lose bone mass around the eye sockets (which adds to the appearance of droopy eye skin) and around the middle and lower face (which adds to the loss of that beautiful defined jawline we once had.)
Why some exercises could be a waste of time
Difference Between Facial Toning and Anti-Aging Facial Exercises
There is a difference between simple facial toning exercises and an anti-aging facial resistance program that builds and strengthens the skin, muscles, connective tissues and facial bones.
Facial toning exercises work well when you’re young. But, once you’re past a certain age you’ll gain more benefits if you include resistance exercises too.
A good face lift exercise program can help regain or at least maintain that beautiful facial structure you once had.
Also, it’s important to engage in a facial workout that targets hard to tone areas – like the lower half of the face (jowls, double chin, neck, and chest) and helps maintain healthy facial bone mass.
Are facial exercises hard to do?
No, they’re not hard to do. It may take a few days to learn the exercises, but after that you can practically do them in your sleep…well at least you can do them in bed!
The exercise facial workout that I currently use actually suggests you do them lying down to take advantage of gravity.
How can you prevent facial bone loss
Engage in anti-aging facial exercises that emphasize muscle resistance training and also puts pressure on the face and bones at the same time.
According to Dr. Frederick Rossiter, M.D., sliding your fingers with medium pressure across your skin while firmly contracting underlying facial muscles at the same time helps to:
- Support healthy skin (less papery, thin
- Build muscle density (think lifting)
- Reduce facial bone loss and builds bone
mass (think volume and fullness)
It’s a win-win-win for a more youthful face.
The combination of building facial muscle and preventing facial bone loss adds volume and lift to the skin and face. Volume is what gives your face that youthful look. Why do you think injectable fillers (like Restylane) are so popular?
While exercise facial workouts may not restore volume to the level injectable fillers can, the results from a facial workout are natural, inexpensive, and free from side effects or downtime.
What type of exercise facial program is best
There are a lot of good facial exercise programs available, and I can honestly say I tried many of them. But, I’m impressed with the simplicity and ease of Facial Fitness by Carolyn.
Her attention to target the classic signs of facial aging along with her on-going detailed anti-aging research on preventing (and restoring) facial bone loss is impressive.
This face exercise program was designed to be done lying down to take advantage of the gravitational pull. You can do them anywhere you’re comfortable, in bed or on the floor. And you don’t have to do them all at once. Do whatever works best for your schedule.
My Exercise Schedule:
I usually do about half in the morning (takes about 6-7 minutes) and the other half after I wash my face before bed at night (another 6-7 minutes). Easy!
Sample exercise facial workout for the jowls
The Jowl Press
This exercise helps tighten sagging pouches along the jowl line.
- Place your thumb and index finger on your jaw bone, directly under the corners of your mouth.
- Use your thumb and index finger to form little “pinchers” around your jaw bone.
- Press your fingers tightly around your jaw bone, close your mouth and try to smile – drawing the corners of your mouth out toward your ears.
- Use your thumb and index finger and try to hold the muscle in place as you smile, creating resistance.
- Hold for a count of 3 and repeat 3 times.
You can perform this exercise several times a day as need. Everyone is different so you need to find the correct number of times that works for you and lifts and smooths the lower jowl area.
Benefits of exercise facial workouts
What Do You Gain?
What do you gain if you exercise your facial muscles using a program that includes bone remodeling?
Healthier, smoother and more resilient skin, facial muscles – all while maintaining health facial bone mass.
And, the good feeling knowing that you’re taking control of facial aging in a way that creams and even plastic surgery cannot do.
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