When I first offered free facial exercises on this website a few years back there were very few to choose from and it took a lot of searching to find the best. Now in 2011 – there are lots of sites offering face exercises for free. So it seems like you could be stuck for choice.
But like everything in life – all is not what it seems.
Many sites seem to have rather hastily cobbled together lists of exercises which contain very little detail or instructions that are impossible to follow. Some of the exercises suggested appear to be made up for the article and could actually cause the wrinkles they are supposed to be removing.
The problem is you don’t know the origin of what is being recommended.
If you follow a face exercise program from a reputable and known expert in the field – someone like Carole Maggio in the US or Eva Fraser in the UK then you know the exercises are tried and trusted – they have been shown to tone and lift the face over time. More importantly they are based on a detailed knowledge of the complex muscle structure of the face.
Doing facial exercises wrong is a problem because wrinkles and lines are – at least partly – caused by the faces we pull in everyday life. Frowning, showing surprise, laughing, crinkling up our eyes to avoid the sun, pursing your lips or dragging on a cigarette – we’ve all got the evidence written on our faces.
The way face muscles work together isn’t obvious and designing exercises to target the right muscles to lift the brow or tone the chin and erase jowls is not so easy. In face it is a bit of an art and needs a lot of testing and trial and error to be sure that it works. Chances are if you or I tried to design a facial exercise to get rid of frown lines we would get it wrong.
The fact is that badly designed free exercises practised regularly could end up making those wrinkles a whole lot worse. Getting something for nothing suddenly doesn’t seem like such a good idea!
So – the upshot of all this is – I’ve replaced the original free exercises in the old article bacause I can’t guarantee the source or that they will work properly. What you have instead is two free exercises from reputable sources that I can vouch for.
Don’t forget – for facial exercises to work effectively you need to follow a proper program – learn to do them correctly and make sure you repeat them regularly. Just like regular exercise you have to stick with it to see results.
When you do the exercises if your nails are long wear soft cotton gloves to avoid scratching your face; keep relaxed throughout and sit in front of a mirror as you exercise. Do them when you aren’t pushed for time and when you are not tired.
Don’t expect to get the exercise straight off – you probably need a bit of practice before you can do each exercise easily.
The first exercise aims to tone and lift the upper eyelid area to get rid of the droopiness that comes with facial aging. It comes from Eva Fraser’s Facial Fitness program. Eva is a world known facial exercise expert who has been practising from a salon in London for many years
1. Look straight ahead into the mirror throughout this exercise.
2. Curve index fingers under eyebrows then raise your eyebrows and hold against the bone.
3. Close lids and stretch upper eyelids downwards in 5 small movements.
4. Hold for a count of 6
5. Release the squeeze slowly in 3 counts.
6. Open lids, Relax, Breathe.
7. Repeat twice
*Alternatively place 4 fingers of each hand just under the line of eyebrows and proceed as above.
The second exercise comes from Senta Maria Runge who had a popular TV series in America in the 80’s and wrote a book: Face Lifting by Exercise which is still in print. She is widely credited with being influential in the development of many subsequent programs like Carole Maggio’s Facercise. This exercise targets a common cause of worry for many women as they get older – the chin area.
Exercise for Double Chin
1. Hold chin slightly upward
2. Place the flat part of the middle and index fingers against the hollow at the end of the larynx which is just under the back of the chin where it runs down into the neck. Don’t worry too much about finding the correct position – it will become clear when you feel the muscle movement as you do the exercise.
3. Hold this position with your hand and keep your back teeth firmly together
4. Press the tip of your tongue against the gum line of your lower front teeth. Increase pressure gradually to a count of 10 – you should feel the muscle in your neck working against your hand.
5. Once you reach maximum pressure hold for 6 seconds.
6. Gradually reduce pressure counting to 10 as you do so.
7. Relax and then repeat another 3 times.
If you repeat these free facial exercises daily for six weeks or so you should see great improvements. Add a complete face exercise program and you’ll see results that other people will notice too!