While the human face is a thing of beauty, maintaining taut, smooth skin often becomes a source of stress as we age. Fitness celebrities have long endorsed facial workouts designed to slim the face and reverse the aging process — from Jack LaLanne in the s to soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in But do these exercises actually work? Countless books, websites, and product reviews promise miraculous results, but any evidence that suggests facial exercises are effective for slimming cheeks or reducing wrinkles is largely anecdotal. Experts like Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel , chief of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, believe that these muscle-blasting facial workouts are a total bust.
There are lots of creams, lotions, treatments, non-invasive surgeries, invasive surgeries, lifestyle changes, and more you can take advantage of to keep you looking young and healthy. One method that is gaining increasing attention, however, is doing anti-aging facial exercises. Could they really work? Anti-aging facial exercises are sometimes referred to as facial yoga. The method involves doing specific exercises that stretch and contract the muscles and skin on your face and neck. It sounds too easy, but many celebrities and anti-aging experts swear by it as being an effective method of making you look younger. Research is starting to back this up too.
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The result is a clear, healthy complexion with a beautiful glow which has less toxins and has a better ability to absorb moisture. Very similar to facial massages you can do at home , the anti-ageing facial exercises technique is also designed to stimulate collagen and elastin production in the middle layer of the skin giving you a smoother, more supple, tighter-looking skin. Danielle recommends that you do your anti-ageing facial exercises for 20 minutes, six times a week.
If we told you that you could gain all of the face-firming, -slimming, and -tightening benefits of a facelift without ever going under the knife, would you believe it? TLDR: just like any other fitness regimen, exercising the muscles in your face can result in improved tone and slimness. But we're here to find out if a facial fitness routine actually be so effective as to replace plastic surgery — or even an anti-aging cream. In short, yes — but you have to be committed to the regimen.