7 Facial Exercises to Prevent Sagging and Premature Wrinkles

October 14, 2018
If we practice these facial exercises daily, we'll be able to tone our skin and avoid the flaccidity that usually appears as we age.

The cosmetic industry has designed a wide variety of treatments to nourish our skin and minimize the damage caused by free radicals. This is because consumers wish to keep their skin youthful and blemish-free.

Although many of these products work well, they often don’t work on their own and require a comprehensive procedure to produce the desired results.

Due to this, a series of facial exercises have been popularized. They act as a complement to daily skincare and good nutritionThey help work our facial muscles and to keep them toned and less prone to sagging.

Here are the 7 best facial exercises to keep your skin looking young.

1. Cheek exercises

Woman doing cheek exercises.

Continuously practicing these cheek exercises helps tone and increase the elasticity of your skin.

How to do them?

  • Inhale and then fill your cheeks with air. After this, tap them gently with the tips of your fingers.
  • Try holding the pressure or 8 seconds and then release the air slowly.
  • Another activity you can do is to twist your lips, first to the right side and then to the left.
  • To get good results, you should make sure that both movements include pressure on the cheekbones.

Also read: 4 Tips to Smooth and Lift Sagging Cheeks

2. Facial exercises for eye creases

Facial exercises for eye creases help relieve flabby eyelid skin and minimize “crow’s feet”.

Continuously practicing these exercises keeps the skin smooth and prevents fine wrinkles and sagging skin.

How to do them?

  • Form circles with your index fingers and thumbs, as if you were making fake eyeglasses.
  • Put your fingers around your eyes and use them to tighten the skin around your eyes from top to bottom.
  • Blink gently about 20 times, hold for a few seconds, and then relax.
  • Another option is to place your index fingers on each of your eyebrows and press down.
  • As you do this, try raising your eyebrows. Relax and repeat this 15 times to prevent skin from sagging on the upper eyelids.

3. Exercises for mouth creases

Mouth crease exercises.

Since the skin around the mouth is thinner than that of other body parts, it’s common for this skin to deteriorate due to lack of care and exercise.

With this simple activity, you can tone the skin around the mouth naturally. Furthermore, this exercise perfectly complements the effects of anti-wrinkle creams.

How to do them?

  • Open your mouth widely and then close it. Complete 10 repetitions.
  • Another exercise you can do is to pronounce the vowels out loud in a marked way. In other words, you should open your mouth as much as possible when pronouncing the vowels. Repeat 10 times and then rest.

4. Forehead exercises

You can minimize and prevent the expression lines that form on our forehead by practicing this simple exercise daily.

How to do it?

  • Put both of your hands on your forehead with the palms facing inward and stretch your skin outwards, as if you were sweeping.
  • Relax your skin, rest 10 seconds, and repeat this exercise up to 15 times.

5. Neck exercise

Woman doing neck exercise.

The skin on our neck is thin and is usually the most neglected part of our beauty regime. To tone the skin in this area and avoid premature wrinkles, practice the following facial exercise.

How to do it?

  • Keeping your gaze straight, place the tips of your fingers on the lower part of the neck and push your skin downwards. Your head should be tilted back when doing this.
  • Move your head forward and back.
  • Repeat this 6 to 8 times.

6. Exercise to avoid drooping eyebrows

Drooping eyebrows and eyelids make the face look dramatic, aged, and tired.

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This simple exercise helps to decrease the sagging in your eyebrow area to keep them in place as you age.

How to do it?

  • Put your index fingers under each eye. Both of them should be pointing towards your nose.
  • Cover your teeth with your lips and begin to blink fast while looking up at the ceiling.
  • Repeat this 3 times for 30 seconds.

7. Exercise for your double chin

Exercise for double chin.

By working the double chin area, you’ll keep it from increasing in size due to fat and swelling and, at the same time, you’ll keep this area from sagging.

How to do it?

  • Adopt an upright position, either by standing up or sitting up straight in a chair.
  • Move your head back and keep your gaze up. After this, make your mouth move as if you were chewing food.
  • Do 15 repetitions.

As a complement to these daily facial exercises, remember to be properly hydrated by drinking enough water and other healthy drinks. In addition, avoid overexposure to the sun and habits such as drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

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