Everyone knows the benefits that exercise has on the body, eliciting a tighter and toned figure. Exercising your facial muscles, or "face yoga," may have a similar effect, helping to naturally lift and tone your face without costly injections, painful peels or invasive plastic surgery. Following a brief facial exercise regime of about 10 minutes per day can give you noticeably tighter muscles within a few weeks. As your muscles become stronger, the skin attached to them is tautened, yielding a more youthful look with less lines and wrinkles after several months.
Open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue. Roar like a lion to open your throat. Hold for five seconds and repeat.
Lift your lower lip to raise your chin. Hold this position and count to one. Forcefully lower your chin, but keep your lip over your teeth. Continue to lift and lower your chin 10 to 12 times for two or three sets.
Perform a smiling Buddha by folding your lips into your mouth so that they are not visible. Raise the corners of your mouth into a smile. Repeat 10 to 12 times.
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Place your first fingers on your eyebrows and your thumbs on your cheekbones. Press upward with your fingers as you close your eyes and then hold your eyes closed while you count to 40.
Open your mouth in the shape of an "O." Position your lips over your teeth. Place your fingers at the corners of your lips and press up with your fingers as you maintain the "O" shape with your lip muscles. Hold for a count of two. Release the pressure with your fingers; repeat 20 times.
A mother of two and passionate fitness presenter, Lisa M. Wolfe had her first fitness article published in 2001. She is the author of six fitness books and holds an Associate of Arts in exercise science from Oakland Community College. When not writing, Wolfe is hula-hooping, kayaking, walking or cycling.