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Facial Exercises - A Natural Alternative to Cosmetic Surgery

By Carolyn Cleaves

Facial exercises are one of the fastest growing fitness programs happening today. Not only can you rid yourself of wrinkles exercising the facial muscles, you can also redefine the cheekbones and jaw line, as well as the nose.

Facial exercises help alleviate the papery skin around the neck and under the eyes. Dark circles fade away along with that tired look. The lips become fuller and the nose becomes more defined. In other words, you regain that youthful, dynamic look you had when you were young. And, it's all natural. Anytime you decide to stop you eventually go back to where you were before you started the exercises.

You can usually see obvious improvement after two weeks. In another three months, people usually start to tell you how good you look. Within six to nine months you can look five to ten years younger than you were before and a year later people may start to ask you, "What are you doing to look so young?"

Everybody knows that through exercising in a gym you can firm up the body and skin. Naturally, the same is true about the muscles in the face. In fact, here it works even better. Most of the muscles in the face are attached directly to the skin, as opposed to the skeleton, which is the case for the rest of the body. This means, of course, the firming results are therefore faster. Also, by using "muscle" resistance training, which many of the facial exercise programs are based upon, the muscle is enlarged creating lift and a firmer, more yountful-looking face. Isometrics, also part of many programs enhances the tone of the skin.

There are fifty-seven muscles in the face and neck. Twenty-six are voluntary. It's important to get a program that addresses all of these muscles. Not just the face, but the neck as well. How many young-looking faces have we seen and "old" necks?!

Facial exercises have the added benefit that they increase blood circulation to the face permitting more oxygen and more nutrients to reach the cells of the skin while whisking away the old damaged cells. This results in a clear, healthy skin with good color that is not only cleaner, its ability to absorb moisture is increased. You are working from the inside out!

Facial exercises are for all of us seeing the signs of our age creeping in. They can be preventive, too, so the earlier you start, the less chance you have of ever developing the lines and "sagginess" of age. In fact, it's never too late to start. Even if you have developed deep lines and wrinkles already, you can still get rid of them. It may take a little longer, but you will be successful, eventually.

If you have already had plastic surgery and see a need for a new operation, facial exercises may also be for you. The frozen and brittle look too many surgeries can give is not necessary. You can keep what you got from the last operation through exercising the face from now on.

Not to worry if you stop doing the exercises and gravity comes back with a vengenance. Did you know that the muscles of the body and face have a memory? If you discontinue the exercises for a while, just begin the exercises again. You will retrun to the place where you stopped in no time!

In fact, the facial muscles get a little "addicted" to the exercises. They can even start to itch in a pleasant way, sort of "begging" to be worked. Exercising the face can be a very enjoyable and good feeling experience.

It's recommended you do the exercises once or twice a day the first few weeks. This is the learning period. After you know the exercises by heart you can do them once a day three to five times a week. The more you do them, the faster the result.

Here's a sample exercise for the double chin, an area that seems to bag around on us as we age no matter what our body weight. It's called the Tongue Press:

Purpose: Firms the Area Under the Chin

Place your thumb pads, one in front of the other, resting under the chin, fingers resting against the jawbone.

As you press the tongue against the roof of the mouth, press and slide your thumbs, alternately, from front (directly under the chin) to back (to where the under chin meets the neck), making a rhythm of one thumb
slide for every tongue press.

* Repeat 40 times

Feel the muscle work as you slide your thumbs against the underneath part of your chin.

Try this exercise twice a day for two weeks and you'll start to see the double chin area firming up.

I discovered facial exercises only eight years ago when I was already 52 years old. I've been doing them ever since and I can tell you that it's so much fun to look younger and younger as I grow older..... And it's all natural!!!!

Carolyn Cleaves is the owner/founder of Carolyn's Facial Fitness. She offers workshops, Self-learning Take-homne Kits and advice. You can find out more by visiting her website at http://www.carolynsfacialfintess.com/

This article can be seen in the magazine, "Voices of Choices", a free publication distributed in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Sedona and Hawaii. Visit their website at: http://www.voiceofchoices.org/

Carolyn Cleaves - Owner/Founder of Carolyn's Facial Fitness - Facelift Through Exercise

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