You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on cosmetic surgery to achieve a younger, fresher appearance. While age may take its toll, fight the battle against wrinkles, sagging jowls and chins and tired looking eyes by performing a variety of facial exercises on a daily basis. Remember that the face is made up of muscles, just like other parts of the body, and must be exercised to remain supple, firm and toned.
Get rid of extra skin around the chin and front of the neck that often causes individuals to look years older than they really are. Slightly lift the chin, and using the index and middle finger, press gently into the neck where the chin meets the neck. Clenching the molars together, press your tongue against your bottom front teeth. Your fingers should now feel the contraction in the area you want to work, says Senta Maria Runge, author of Face Lifting by Exercise. Slowly increase the pressure of the tongue against the teeth for a count of 10 and then hold the maximum contraction for between five to 10 seconds. Ease the pressure of the tongue for another 10 seconds to return to the starting position. Do this exercise four or five times two to three times a day for maximum results.
Facial Tension Release
When you're tense, your muscles also tense. Relieve the tension in your facial muscles that may lead to wrinkles by performing a soothing massage on your forehead several times a day, suggests Jasmin Chua writing for Planet Green, a Discovery Channel company. Place your fingers in the middle of your forehead and brush the fingers toward your temples. Do this three times and then softly press the palms of your hands over your eye sockets. Allow the fingertips to gently sweep down the sides of your cheeks. Do this three times. Repeat the entire process hree to five times for an effective stress-relief technique.
Cheek Firming Exercise
Sit comfortably and softly close the lips. Purse your lips as if you're going to plant a big kiss on somebody. Extend your lips as far out as you can, suggests Ageless. You can feel this not only in the muscles around the mouth, but in the cheek and along the jaw line if you're doing it correctly. Hold the maximum pucker for about 10 seconds and then relax. Repeat this exercise about 10 to 20 times several times a day for optimal results.
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