Do Facial Exercises Really Work?
We live in an age of youth, that is, an age where no one wants to look old. Now more than ever, women and men are spending thousands of dollars on getting their skin to stay as firm and unwrinkled as possible. However, ageing is unavoidable and no matter the amount of work that is done – no one is ever going to retain their youth.
And yet, there are popular ways for people to keep their faces looking young such as lotions, peels, serums and exercises.
However, when it comes to facial exercises, there has been much debate about their effectiveness and whether they do more good or harm to your face.
So, what’s the verdict?
First, let’s start with how the exercises are meant to work. Your skin forms over the muscles of your face, and thus they provide support and foundation for the skin. So it makes sense that the fitter, more toned your face muscles are – the same should go for your skin. The same goes with the rest of your body; the more exercise you do, the more toned you will become and the tighter your skin will be. So, in theory, facial exercises should follow suit.
However, not everyone agrees on the effectiveness of facial exercises, and here are two opposing views from professionals in the skincare industry. So rather than jumping on the bandwagon both sides will be examined.
Yes to facial exercises
Dr Palmer is a cosmetic and plastic surgeon, and he is all for facial exercises. In his 2009 book What’s Your Number? The Palmer Code, Dr. Palmer says “facial exercises for your cheeks, eye area and neck will firm up the muscles in those areas, and that will result in increased elasticity and firmness of facial skin.”
Three great facial exercises are the Eye Opener, Furrow Smoother and the V. The most popular the Eye Opener . “All you need to do is place your index finger from each hand together between your brows, then wrap your thumbs lightly around the outer-eye corners, as if you have a pair of sunglasses around your eyes. Squeeze your eyes tightly shut while pulling your two index fingers up slightly between your brows and pulling your thumbs out towards the top of your ears as you do so.
Keep your eyes tightly shut — and keep pulling up and out with your fingers, so the muscles around your eyes are working continuously against the pressure from your fingers for a count of 40 seconds.”
No to facial exercises
In her article “Can Facial Exercises Really Prevent or Reduce Skin Wrinkling?,” dermatologist Dr. Flor Mayoral says that exercising your face provides no benefits to wrinkled or sagging skin.
To back up her position, Dr. Mayoral points out that “no clinical research has been done to prove that the exercises work and goes on to say that exercises that require you to squint your eyes or pucker your lips will encourage wrinkles to form.”
As you can see, there are different opinions when it comes to facial exercises, and at the end of the day it’s a personal choice on whether you choose to try them or not. The best advice we can give is to follow basic facial care to keep your skin looking tight and healthy, such as eating clean and minimising processed foods like wheat, dairy, sugar and caffeine; cleaning your skin every morning and evening and using the right natural products that don’t add to your body or skin’s chemical load.