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All of us go through the aging process. But a lot of women dislike aging because of the changes it brings to the skin. One of the most common skin-related complaints is wrinkling. These lines that appear on the forehead and outer corners of the eyes and mouth happen because of the reduction of the skin’s elasticity and thickness.
There are several treatments and remedies to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. These include cosmetic procedures like Botox injections, the use of anti-aging creams, and doing regular facial exercise.
Facial exercise is a simple yet effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Unlike cosmetic procedures and the use of anti-aging products, facial exercise isn’t expensive. You can do it within the comfort of your own home either on your own or with the help of another person. Plus, it is not invasive compared to some cosmetic procedures.
While testimonials have proven how effective facial exercises are, some women especially older women are hesitant to try them thinking that they’re too old for it. This isn’t true as facial exercises are created for everyone regardless of age.
Why You’re Never Too Old For Facial Exercises
As we grow older, our skin undergoes several changes including having more fine lines. Giving facial exercise a try regardless of your age is a better option than waiting for a miracle to happen to improve the look of wrinkles and other signs of skin aging.
There are several women who can prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to doing facial exercise. A perfect example is Eva Fraser. Fraser is considered to be as one of the proponents of facial exercise. She’s already 50 years old when she went to Germany to meet Madame Hoffman who is believed to have devised a method of exercising the facial muscles.
Fraser’s persuasion had made Hoffman, who was already in her 70s that time, to provide her the training that she needed. After being trained in London, Fraser developed her own facial exercise program which is now available in various formats including books, videos, and DVDs.
These women are proofs that no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to begin doing facial exercises.
Facial Exercises for Beginners
There are tons of facial exercise routines that you can try. But for beginners, the following can be a good start:
For the Forehead
To reduce the wrinkles on the forehead, begin by lying down and looking up at the ceiling. Open your eyes as wide as you can and lift your eyebrows while you do this. Hold this for 2 seconds before release. Repeat for 10 times.
For the Eyes
One of the most common signs of aging are fine lines around the eyes. These lines can be reduced by toning the muscles around the eye area. To do this, simply press your two fingers at the temples and lightly pull them back. While at this position, rapidly open and close your eyes. Do this for 5 times.
For the Cheeks
For the cheek area, try to fill your mouth with air then slowly release it. Repeat this for 10 times.
For the Mouth
Reduce the appearance of fine lines around your mouth with this facial exercise: say “AH”, “EE”, “OH” exaggeratedly by opening your mouth as wide as you can. Do this for 10 times.
For the Chin and Neck
This facial exercise is intended for toning the muscles in your chin and neck area. Begin the exercise by sitting with your back and neck straight. Once you’re in this position, slowly tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling. Move your lower lip over your upper lip. Hold this position for 5 seconds before releasing it. Repeat this for 5 times.
Aging is inevitable but this doesn’t mean that you can’t do something with the skin changes brought by it. If expensive and invasive facial treatments are not your thing, then give facial exercise a try. This can be done anytime and anywhere whether you’re in your 30s or in your 60s.