You’ve likely heard how a simple smile can improve mood, reduce stress, as well as boost attractiveness. In addition, studies are beginning to reflect it can actually reduce signs of aging.
Just like a body workout will tone and lift, some simple regular face fitness exercises can turn that frown (and droopy cheeks) upside down!
I plan on aging gracefully, but heck if a little face massage and muscle movement will keep my eyelids from sagging, I’m in!
According to a NY Times article, integrating “cheek sculpting,” the “eyebrow lifter” and the “cheek lifter” into your workout can make you look years younger.
“Sagging occurs in large part because the fat pads that underlie the skin on our faces thin with age. When we are young, these pads snuggle together like Lego pieces, providing much of the structure of the contours of our faces. But as the pads change with age, their connections loosen and gravity draws them downward, leaving cheeks hollowed and visages generally droopier.”
The study found that “middle-aged women looked about three years younger after a few months of exercising.”
Admittedly, I did feel stupid while doing the exercises, and I’m sure looked even more stupid. However, I am happy to report that even after one round of exercises I felt my face muscles awaken and my skin tighten.
Just as with any fitness routine, compliance is key. At least two-three months are suggested to see results.
In addition to the protocol offered in the article, Happy Face Yoga, videos, estheticians and even personal trainers offer various routines. Try whichever you like. If you really want to experiment, take a before photo, practice the exercises for 8 weeks, and then snap another photo to see if any results show. Please share your findings.
Regardless, it’s a fun excuse to make funny faces! Just don’t do them in front of your boss.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™