The first visible signs of aging are often wrinkles and sagging skin. The elasticity of the skin and the contours of the face depend on the toning of the facial muscles. These muscles need as much exercise as the rest of the body.
We shares with you the most effective facial exercises that doctors say help keep your face toned and young.
Warm-up your muscles
First, you need to warm up your facial muscles. Stand up or sit down, keeping your back straight. Now try to sing different vowels as much as you can. Singing “I”, “O”, “E” and “A” usually works best. Keep doing this exercise until you feel like your whole face is warm.
Sit down and tilt your head back. Now imagine that you need to reach the ceiling with your lower lip. Stretch your lower lip as far as possible and hold for 5-10 seconds. Then take a short break and repeat 2-3 times.
Cross your arms over your chest and slowly lift your chin while standing. After reaching your limit, take a deep breath for a count of 10 or 15. Then slowly return to the starting position.
This exercise is very simple, but very effective. Helps reduce the risk of loss of elasticity in the cheeks. Make sure to keep your head straight during this exercise. Pull the corners of your lips down and return to the starting position. Repeat at least 5 times, until you feel some tension in the muscles.
Sit up straight and hold a pencil with your lips pursed. Now try writing your name in the air without moving your head. Continue doing this exercise for at least 3 minutes. Then take a short break and repeat a few more times.
This exercise is great for the neck muscles. It also helps to tone the muscles of the face. Tilt your head to the right, trying to reach your shoulder with your ear. Press your right hand against the right side of your head, while resisting with your head and neck. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat for the other side.
Take a deep breath, close your lips tightly, and inhale a lot of air. Place your hands on your cheeks so that your fingers cover your ears. Now start pushing your cheeks, creating resistance with your muscles. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Then take a short break and repeat 5-6 times.
Open your mouth and cover your teeth with your lips. Now move your lower jaw forward and push your chin with your finger. Try to resist the finger with your facial muscles as you contract and relax. Repeat 10 times.
This is the last and most difficult exercise that helps to strengthen the muscles of the jaw, as well as the muscles under the tongue. Place both fists under the chin and press the tongue against the bottom of the mouth (next to the lower teeth). Push your chin up with your fists, while resisting the pressure with your tongue. Hold for 30 seconds. Take a short break and repeat 10 times.
Photographer Roman Zakharchenko, Model Olga Zakharchenko