Hitting the gym to work the pecs, lats and biceps is applauded by most fitness conscious people, but when the subject of facial exercise for a natural facelift is raised, people often laugh.
But the muscles of the face are as much in need of exercise as the muscles of the core, arms and legs, and a health-minded person should make a good facial workout part of their exercise regime.
Facial Exercises for Health
Exercising the facial muscles will not save lives in the same way that working the heart muscle might, buttoning the face for at least five to 10 minutes every three days or so improves blood circulation and provides needed nutrients to facial skin for a healthier complexion.
Facial exercises also help the skin absorb moisture which strengthens connective tissues.
Facial Exercises for a Youthful Appearance
When a body is well exercised, it looks younger. In the same way, when the muscles of the face are exercised, they become firm and toned, giving a more youthful appearance.
When the muscles become tighter, sagging is reduced or eliminated, the chin, mouth and cheeks become firmer, the complexion becomes brighter.
There is no guarantee that facial exercises will make an exerciser look 10 or 15 years younger, although that is certainly possible in many cases. But facial exercises will make a person look healthy and toned, regardless of age, whether they are 20 or 80.
Excuses for Not Exercising the Face
Facial exercises were once considered ineffective by the health and wellness community, but more frequently exercises for the face are being recognized as an important part of total body fitness.
The arguments that facial exercises don’t work are being repudiated by the “proof in the pudding” results of those who perform them.
Another excuse for not doing facial exercises is that they take up too much time. Indeed, some advocates of facial exercise suggest doing them three times a day! But most facial exercises only take five to ten minutes, and need only be done a few days a week.
Perhaps one of the best-known authors of Face Building Exercises, Reinhold Benz, recommends locating facial problem zones and then limiting the exercises to five or six for the target areas.
The author does suggest doing a complete facial workout if time permits, but recognizes that concentrating on areas of particular concern can save time.
If there is still not enough time to complete all of the exercises, consider spacing them out throughout the day, doing one or two here or there as possible.
Make Face Exercise Part of the Daily Routine
Taking a daily shower, brushing teeth, combing hair are patterns that are a common part of almost everyone’s morning routine. Adding facial exercises to the ritual will quickly become a healthy habit and will become an automatic part of morning grooming.
Face Muscle Exercises for Total Body Fitness
Every muscle in the body will atrophy if not used, and the muscles of the face are no exception. A well-exercised body moves better, performs its natural functions more efficiently, and looks younger. An exercised face also looks and performs better and, as an added benefit, completes the look of total body fitness.