Scientific Evidence Behind Facial Exercise
Find Out Why Facial Exercise Works!
You’ve heard the gossip and personal testimonies about facial exercise, but wondered if face yoga routines were really worth the effort. Now, there’s no reason to doubt facial exercise thanks to some new scientific evidence proving the effectiveness of these facial exercise techniques. The muscles in your face are no different than any other muscle in your body—if you strengthen them, you will gain definition and lose fat. Here’s the latest on how and why facial exercises really can make you look younger and healthier.
Facial Exercise 101: What We Know About Muscles
When muscles contract repeatedly, they begin to strengthen. This is true for every muscle in your body, including those in your face. So what works for your abs will work for your cheeks as well! This is why facial exercise is the best non surgical face lift procedure there is.
• Orbicularis oculi
The orbicularis oculi is the set of muscles surrounding the eyes that control the opening and closing of the eyelids. Exercising these muscles can smooth out crows fee, eliminate sagging skin and bags under eyes, making them look brighter and more vibrant. The orbicularis oculi can be exercised by opening the eyes wide and holding the posture for ten seconds or more, raising the eyebrows, or even using the index fingers to stretch the skin around the temples while blinking the eyes. This facial exercise, when done correctly and regularly can make your eyes look less tired and more alive and attractive.
• Orbicularis oris
The orbicularis oris is the set of muscles around your mouth and lips that enable you to make specific motions that allow you to form words, pucker, and even pout if you want to. Facial exercise which flexes and contracts these muscles will smooth out fine lines around your mouth and even make your lips look fuller without Botox injections.
The platysma is the muscle that controls the movement of your jaw, allowing you to open and close your mouth. Face exercise regimens that work this muscle can get rid of general face fat, a double chin, turkey wattle, or sagging jowls. Some common facial exercises that flex the platysma include opening and closing the mouth in an exaggerated fashion, extending and lifting your lower lip, and moving the jaw back and forth repeatedly.
The sternomastoid muscle is located in the front part of the neck and allows the head to turn from side to side. A facial exercise that targets this muscle can eliminate turkey wattle—the presence of loose and sagging skin on the neck that mark the first signs of aging. To exercise this muscle, bend your head forward keeping your neck still and tight. Hold for a second or two, and then lift your head back up. Do several repetitions of this facial exercise daily for the best results.
What We Know About Skin
Science has proven that when blood circulation increases, new cell growth occurs. This is why contracting the muscles in your face results in smoother, healthier looking skin. As it turns out, the old-fashioned technique of pinching your cheeks to make them appear rosier actually does work if done correctly—and the results aren’t just short-term! Stimulating the dermis can promote the production of collagen and elastin, making your skin look firmer, healthier, and more youthful. A facial exercise regimen can also trigger the oil glands in your skin to produce natural oils, giving your skin a healthy and radiant glow.
So, it’s true, you don’t have to lose weight to make your face look slimmer and more attractive, nor do you have to have cosmetic surgery or painful injections to have a younger looking face. Now that science has proven its effectiveness, you have no reason not to include at least one facial exercise in your busy day.