Question: What is the best type of facial exercise? One expert recommends blowing out my cheeks 10X a day. Another recommends twisting my lips from one side to the other. Do any facial exerices deliver on their promises?
Answer: Facial exercises are much like exercises for any other part of the body. Some are beneficial, some do nothing and some can actually make matters worse. Vigorous facial exercises that twist, pucker or contort the face put increased strain on collagen fibers –and actually do more harm than good. These movements stress and strain the skin and increase wrinkling. However isometric exercises contract and lift isolated muscles. This brings oxygen and increased blood supply to the muscles that can lift and smooth the contours of the face. According to facial exercise expert Cynthia Rowland, facial muscles are much smaller than most muscles in the body, so they respond quickly to the right type of exercise.
Rowland points out that facial muscles, unlike most muscles in the body, are anchored to the bone only at one end—and the other end of the muscle is attached to the skin or other muscles. In addition, facial muscles weave over and under each other so that isolating individual muscles is the only way to strengthen them. For each exercise she anchors the other end of each muscle with a thumb and forefinger placed on specific areas on the face. . Rowland has developed a series of isometric exercises that target individual facial muscles. Called Facial Magic, the program starts with the muscles in the upper brow and upper cheeks. What I personally love about these exercises is that you can see instant results. The first time I tried the exercises for the upper eyes I was frankly astonished at the immediate lift that lasted for several hours. This exercise has become my “secret” make-up tip. If I am going out to a meeting or event where I need to make a good impression, I do the upper eye exercise right before leaving the house. For more information on these facial isometric exercises check out the Facial Magic website.