Its no big secret that putting in a few sweat sessions each week is one of the best ways to improve the look of your body. But when it comes to the look of your face, the right work out could help as well. Facial exercises can be an easy way to give your beauty a boost. Although there has not been a lot of scientific research into the benefits of facial exercises, people who practice the techniques believe toning facial muscles helps reduce deep wrinkles from the inside out. They say doing these moves for as little as five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night could shave years off your face. The only catch is you have to be willing to spend time looking a bit silly!
Sun, dust and stress are just a few of the factors that can take a toll on the skin around your eyes. Crows feet can form at the outer corners and eyelids may become droopy. Carolyn Cleaves, the creator of the Carolyn’s Facial Fitness program, recommends one move to give your upper eyelids a lift. Use your index fingers to push up gently on your eye brows. Close your eyes and feel the stretch through your eyelids. Hold for ten seconds and repeat five times.
To lighten the lines around your mouth, Cleaves suggests ‘The Pout.' Use your index fingers to pull down the corners of your mouth and push your lower lip out. Hold for five seconds and repeat 10 times, she suggests.
If you are concerned about sagging skin on your cheeks, Annelise Hagen, author of The Yoga Face: Eliminate Wrinkles with the Ultimate Natural Facelift recommends several moves. To do her "Satchmo" move, puff out your cheeks and then shift the air back and forth from side to side. Hagen also teaches the "Smiling Fish Face" to firm and tone cheeks. Purse your lips and pull in your cheeks. Then tighten your upper cheeks as if you were smiling. The "Lion Face" releases tension throughout the face. Stick out your tongue and open your eyes wide. Hold for up to 60 seconds.
The key to a plumper pucker may be as easy as blowing a few kisses each day, according to Hagen. Pucker your lips, kiss your fingers, and then blow out. Repeat this series of moves five times.
Ultimately, genes are the biggest determining factor when it comes to how our faces age, according to experts at the Mayo Clinic. While exercising may help, they say its most important to prevent wrinkles in the first place by wearing sun screen, which protects the skin against ultraviolet radiation that reduces the skin's natural elasticity. Stop smoking, which speeds up aging of the skin, possibly because of reduced blood flow.
Elizabeth Peterson has been a reporter since 2005, working in television, radio and online. Specializing in health and environmental coverage, she has contributed to MSNBC and several local affiliates. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.