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FIRST SET OF FACIAL EXERCISES:
There are 10 groups of muscles that make up the face and scalp, appearing on the forehead, in the cheeks, around the eyes, within the chin, around the lips and finally in the neck.
If the muscles are not exercised and toned, the face will sag and portray an older look. By toning the muscles in it, you can give your face smoother skin, a natural life, a younger look and an overall brighter appearance.
Facing a mirror, exercise your face for 5 to 10 minutes every day. It is recommended to splash some water on your face or apply some lubricant to your face before starting.
To prevent anyone from finding you making silly faces at yourself in the mirror, you may want to lock your door!!!
Firm up your brow, place your index fingers on your forehead just above your eyelids and pull them down while trying to raise your eyebrows. Repeat 10 times.
Without moving your upper eye lids, attempt to raise your lower ones. This great defense against crows feet is easier said than done. Repeat 10 times.
Push your lips out as far as possible to form an exaggerated "O" with your mouth, then smile as brightly as you can. After holding this for 1 second form the "O" shape again and hold that for 1 second. Repeat 10 times.
Suck on the tip of your index finger, up to the first joint, as hard as you can, slowly pulling it from your mouth. Repeat 10 times.
5. Neck and chin
Using one hand, place the index finger and thumb against the base of your neck, looking straight into the mirror. Simultaneously raise your head and gently while pulling the skin down. Repeat 10 times.
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SECOND SET OF FACIAL EXERCISES:
If you look at this man's face, Tom Hagerty who was 74 y.o. in 2008 (which makes him 77 or so today!) you will see that facial exercises have worked for him. Not only is he humorous, but the exercises are easily done.
Exercise One - MUSCLES UNDER EYES www.shapeyourface.com/exercise_one.htm
Exercise Two - MUSCLES AROUND THE MOUTH www.shapeyourface.com/exercise_two.htm
Exercise Three - CHIN MUSCLE www.shapeyourface.com/exercise_three.htm
Exercise Four - FRONT OF THE NECK www.shapeyourface.com/exercise_four.htm
Exercise Five - SCALP EXERCISE www.shapeyourface.com/exercise_five.htm
THIRD SET OF FACIAL EXERCISES:
Neck and throat facial exercises
#1 A great exercise is to sit upright, tilt your head back looking at the ceiling while keeping your lips closed and then start a chewing movement. You will feel the muscles working in your neck and throat area - and will be truly amazed at the results. Repeat 20 times.
#2 Sit upright, tilt your head back looking at the ceiling, while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Start puckering your lips together in a kiss and stretch the kiss, as if you were trying to kiss the ceiling. Keep your lips puckered for 10 counts, then relax, bring your head back to its normal position and repeat 5 times.
#3 Sit upright, tilt your head back looking at the ceiling, while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Open your lips and stick your tongue out as if you were trying to touch your chin with the tip of your tongue. Keep your tongue out in this position for 10 counts, and then return your tongue and head to its normal position.
#4 Sit upright, tilt your head back looking at the ceiling, while keeping your lips closed and relaxed. Next move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible and keep it there for a count of 5. Relax and repeat 5 times.
#5 Lie on your bed, with your head handing down over the edge. Slowly bring your head up towards your torso and keep it there for 10 counts. Relax and lower your head towards the floor again - repeat 5 times.
#6 Sit upright and face forward and while keeping your lips together, separate your teeth by dropping your jaw and then push your jaw forward, keep for a count of 10, bring back to starting position and repeat 5 times.
#1 Gently tone the muscles of the eyes by pressing two fingers on each side of your head, at the temples, while opening and closing your eyes rapidly. Repeat 5 times.
#2 Sit upright with your eyes closed and relaxed. While keeping your eyes closed the whole time, first look down and then look up as far as possible. Repeat the facial exercise 10 times.
#3 Sit upright with your eyes closed and relaxed. Keep your eyes closed while lifting your eyebrows and stretching your eyelids down as far as possible. Keep in this position for 5 counts, relax and repeat 5 times.
#4 Sit upright with your eyes relaxed and open. Lift your eyebrowns while closing your top eyelids until about halfway closed, then open your eyelids wide until the white of your eye shows over your iris. Repeat 5 times.
#5 Sit upright looking straight ahead with your eyes open. Look up then down, while keeping your head still. Repeat 10 times. Then look left and right - repeat 10 times.
#1 Frown as much as possible and try to bring your eyebrows over your eyes while pulling the eyebrows toward one another. Then lift your eyebrows as far as possible while opening your eyes as far as possible. Repeat 5 times.
#2 Lie on your bed facing the ceiling with your head hanging over the edge. Lift your eyebrows as high as possible, with your eyes opening very wide. Relax and repeat 10 times.
#3 Sit upright facing forward and while bringing your eyebrows down over your eyes, wrinkle your nose as far up as possible while flaring your nostrils. Keep for a count of 10, relax and repeat 5 times.
FOURTH SET OF FACIAL EXERCISES PROVIDED BY TEAM-MATE MOTLEM
Here is a complete routine to cover forehead and frown lines, sagging upper eyelids, bags, sagging cheeks, jaw line and neck. This is a practical personal way of taking care of yourself and your appearance.
Warm Up: The following exercises are about increasing circulation and toning up the face using tapping and acupressure points. These points are a great way to assist your overall health.
Your face should be clean and moisturized; hair tied back or pushed out the way.
Start by warming up the face gently tapping cheeks and the rest of the face and neck with the flat of your hand, go all over the face this way three times.
Next hold your ear lobes firmly between thumb and forefinger. Work your way up and around the edge of the ear rubbing your fingers back and forth, and then work your way back to the bottom again. Do this three times. These points give an overall toning effect to the whole face. Your lips should be relaxed and gently together.
If you feel any “knobbly” bits just work them very gently between your thumb and finger. It is believed that you can work on the ears in the same way as reflexologists work on hands or feet.
In a similar way to the ear exercise take the bulbous end of the nose and work between your thumb and forefinger (do this gently as this can be a very sensitive area). There are a lot of nerve endings here and this is the acupressure point to energize the face.
Your face should now be feeling warm and fairly relaxed but ready for exercise.
Place thumbs just above ears and fingertips along the hairline, then gently apply pressure upwards as you attempt to lower your forehead, do not frown; this is a very small and subtle movement and may take a while to master hold for a count of 5 and repeat.
Place index fingers just above eyebrows and gently apply pressure to hold the position as you slowly try to raise your eyebrows, hold at the top of the movement for a slow count of 5 then release by allowing the eyebrows to return slowly to their original position.
Place index fingers on both eyebrows and gently pull apart just enough to start to feel a little tension then hold that position as you attempt to frown. This should stop you being able to do so, hold for 5 then release and repeat.
Spread your fingertips and place just under your eyebrows. Now gently lift, and then slowly close your eyes. You will feel a slight pull as you close, hold for a slow count of 5, open eyes, release and repeat.
Another exercise you can do at this time for the upper eyelid is to look down towards the floor and then lift your upper lid as is you are wide eyed in disbelief. Keep the eyes relaxed and repeat 5 times.
Place middle fingers and index fingers at inner and outer eye corners, press gently to hold in place. Then lift lower lid slowly holding at the top for a count of 5 before gently lowering the lid, release and repeat. Make sure you are not frowning. Once you get used to the movement and making sure your fingers are only pressing very lightly look up at the ceiling just with your eyes before and during the exercise, also open your mouth and drop your chin, it gives it a little more momentum.
Place fingertips on top of the cheeks and apply a little pressure as you gently raise the cheek muscles. Isolate these muscles by smiling and feeling the muscle lift under your fingers. Raise slowly to the count of 5 then hold, release, repeat.
Place middle finger just above the middle of your top lip, place index finger at one end and ring finger at either end of your mouth holding lip in place now attempt to smile with your top lip. Hold for a count of 5, release and repeat.
Push out your bottom lip and push down your chin to a slow count of 5 so that the ligaments/muscles in your neck show and you look strained, hold for a slow count of 5, release slowly and repeat.
Place hand at base of neck and apply a small amount of pressure, curl bottom lip over teeth, jut out jaw and slowly tip head back leading with the chin to a count of 5 then slowly return to normal and repeat. You should feel a pull up the front of your neck.
Have fun making faces
Edited by: YICHE12 at: 10/14/2011 (12:31)
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