There are 10 muscle groups throughout your face and scalp. These muscle groups attach to bone and, unlike those in other parts of your body, to your skin, enabling you to make millions of facial expressions. The repetition of facial expressions causes lines and wrinkles to form as you age. Anti-aging face exercises may help tighten and tone the muscles and the overlying skin for a firmer, younger look.
This facial yoga exercise is designed to tone the muscles of the face and neck, increase blood circulation and release tension to restore a youthful look. It helps to remove laugh lines and tones the muscles of your cheeks.
Stand straight and inhale deeply through your mouth. Hold the air in your mouth with your cheeks extended so you look like a trumpet player. Hold for one minute, or as long as you can hold your breath, then slowly exhale out of your nose. Repeat five times.
Located at the front of the neck is the platysma muscle. Aging causes this muscle, and the skin on top of it, to become loose and to sag. This exercise helps tone the platysma muscle for a smooth jaw line and neck.
Sit or stand straight and tip your head up so you are looking at the ceiling. Holding your head still, press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. You should feel all the muscles at the front of your neck contracting with this movement. Keep your tongue pressed into the roof of your mouth. Bring your chin to your neck, feeling the muscles of the chin and platysma contracting.
The muscles and skin of the cheeks may begin to sag as you age. Perform this exercise daily to tighten the muscles and reduce wrinkling. Stand in front of a mirror so you can make sure you are doing the exercise correctly, then smile as big as you can, keeping your lips closed and the corners of your mouth turning up toward your ears. Wrinkle your nose so your cheek muscles move upward. Hold for five seconds, then relax. Repeat 10 times.
This exercise helps reduce wrinkles on your forehead by toning the skin. Position both index fingers just above both eyes and below the eyebrows. Lift your eyebrows as high as you can while simultaneously pulling down on the skin below your eyebrow. Repeat 10 times to firm your forehead.
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How to do the exercise: Keeping your shoulders down and relaxed, tip your chin up to the ceiling until you feel a good stretch in the upper neck and chin area. Then, alternate making duck lips and sticking out your tongue, holding each “pose” for 5 seconds each. Repeat three times.
Make sure to keep your chin extended and keep your neck taut the whole while. Hayashi reminds that this should feel a bit strenuous: “If you don’t get tired, it’s not effective.”
How often to do it: 1-2 times per day