One of the first things people see when they look at you is your face. So while you can spend hours trying to tone your arms and legs and strengthening your core, exercising your facial muscles might be the exact workout you haven’t started doing yet, but should.
Keep yourself looking and feeling young with this quick and easy face workout.
The jaw definer
Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and press your lips together. Tuck your chin to your chest and hold several seconds. Then reverse, lifting your chin and letting your jaw drop. Repeat this four or five times before moving on to the next exercise.
Next: Smooth out those wrinkles under your eyes.
The eye wrinkle remover
Your eye muscles must move in multiple directions to get a full workout. Start by placing two fingers on each side of your eyes and blink rapidly while keeping the surrounding muscles tight. Move your eyes in all directions, both with your eyes open and closed, at least 10 times each.
Next: Here’s a full face workout to save time.
The face toner
Want to tone your whole face at once? This workout should do the trick. You’ll alternate between five counts of contraction and five of expansion. First, tighten all your muscles — squinting your eyes, tucking your chin to your chest, and so on. Then lift your chin, and open your eyes and mouth wide. Repeat this three to five times.
Next: Give your cheeks some extra life.
The cheek plumper
Place both hands horizontally on either side of your face, on top of your cheekbones and under your lower lash line. Press your fingers down to hold your muscles in place while you squint your eyes and squeeze your cheeks up toward this. Repeat this about four to five times for best results.
Next: Go ahead — smile a little.
The forced smile
Smiling is good for you, in more ways than one. Forcing yourself to smile — casually — even when you don’t have a reason to could help reduce any wrinkles that might appear around your mouth. Smile, but keep it relaxed — don’t crease the corner of your eyes or stretch your mouth out too wide.
Next: You’re letting too much tension build up in your face.
The face muscle relaxer
You probably tense up the muscles in your face more than you realize — and they deserve better treatment than that. You can use a classic relaxation technique to help relieve the tension you didn’t even realize was there.
Just sit still, close your eyes, and focus on an imaginary point while deliberately forcing your entire face to relax one muscle at a time. Let yourself feel the difference.
Next: You probably didn’t know you could exercise your lips, too.
The lip firmer
Want to firm up and tone your lips and cheeks? Just make a “fish face.” Start by smiling while tightly pursing your lips. Suck in your cheeks to fill the gaps between the sides of your teeth, hold, and then relax. Repeat this five or so times to finish out your facial exercise routine.
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