The science behind facial exercises: Does it really work?

Facial exercises are this year’s new trend that promises to improve the facial appearance and reduce the signs of aging, especially for middle-aged women. There is no need to pay for expensive cosmetic surgery or Botox or dish out big bucks for anti-aging cream.

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But does it really work? Before we answer the question, let’s understand the science behind this trend.

First off, there are more than 50 different muscles in our face, and exercising them helps to release built-up tension and strain. These muscles are no different from the rest of the muscles in our body, if we don’t use them they quickly turn into a flabby mess. Our unexercised facial muscles are the reason behind that double chin, chubby sagging cheeks or wrinkles.

To make matter worse, as we age our skin begins to lose elasticity, plus the supple fat pads between our muscles and skin begin to thin. These fat pads give our face a youthful appearance, but as they become thinner our face starts fall downwards.

This can all be avoided, if the muscle underneath these thinned out fat pads becomes bigger, the firmer facial muscles make our face appear more full and supple. Studies have actually proven that facial muscles, is one of the best ways to counteract the affects of aging, as it helps to increase facial volume.

Also exercise is known to promote blood circulation to the skin, which allows more oxygen and nutrients to reach your skin cells. By exercising our facial muscles we are providing our aging skin with exactly what it needs to look more youthful and younger.

A study conducted by North Western University, using middle-aged women between the ages, 40 to 65 years old. They were instructed how to do three different 30-minute facial exercise routines, that were followed for a period of twenty weeks. The exercises were based on facial yoga exercises that involve puckering and squeezing the cheeks.

The participants learned 32 different facial exercises, each exercise took about one minute to preform. Here is an example of two of exercises the participants preformed for the twenty weeks:

Cheek lifter: Open your mouth into an O shape, suck in your lips over your teeth and smile. Forcing the cheek muscles to lift upwards and release cheek muscles and lift up again. Repeat this exercise up lifting and releasing your cheeks.

Sculpting Happy Cheeks: Smile but without showing your teeth, forcing your cheek muscles up. Once in position, place your fingers on each cheek to hold in place, hold for 20 seconds and repeat.

The study results were evaluated upon before and after pictures. The study concluded that on average, the participants were able to reduce their age appearance by at least 3 years or more. The participants were extremely pleased with the results and felt that the facial exercises improved their overall appearance.

These findings suggest that it is possible to look younger without the need for invasive, toxic cosmetic treatments and can simply be performed at home for free. Even though the results of this study are still in the preliminary stages, it is a positive breakthrough in the world of anti-aging.

These anti-aging facial exercises are only designed to fight against the signs of aging, such as sagging cheeks, wrinkles and that unsightly roaster chin. If we are trying to reduce volume in our face that is often associated with being overweight, then the only way to do so is by doing regular cardiovascular exercises to burn off the excess fat.

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