Cleansers, moisturizers, toners and treatments come a dime dozen but healthy, beautiful facial skin starts from within. As you may already know, eating a diet comprised of protein-rich, vitamin-loaded, and antioxidant-dense foods, can greatly improve the clarity, texture, and overall appearance of your face. However, you might not know that combining such a well-balanced diet with regular resistance exercise is one of the most critical steps towards a beautiful face.
In fact, the unique effects of resistance exercise on facial muscles can naturally combat common vanity-related concerns often associated with aging like empty cheekbones and sagging jowls, deep wrinkles, and reduced elasticity. In general, a natural decline in facial and other skeletal muscles begins in the 30s. While this decline in muscle with aging is inevitable, the rate at which it occurs is absolutely amendable with resistance training.
The human body is comprised of well over 600 skeletal muscles, 50 of which are situated in the face. Collectively, these muscles help us move while also contributing to the general structure, shape, and form of the body. Connective tissue anchors muscle to skin. As such, when muscles are strong and toned, the surrounding skin tends to tighten. However, if muscles aren’t developed or maintained, usually due to a lack of resistance training, the skin appears loose and saggy.
In other words, failing to adequately train facial muscles and body-wide muscle groups will ultimately cause them to lose their strength, tone, and overall integrity.
Now, in an effort to avoid muscle loss and the overall appearance of loose, sagging skin, many of us spend countless hours engaging in weight lifting, Pilates, and targeted high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts for the purpose of developing core (trunk) and extremity (arms and legs) muscle groups. Unfortunately, we outright ignore the muscles of the face and then wonder why signs of facial aging are ever-present.
Performing resistance exercises specifically designed to work the muscles of your face will surely lead to remarkable anti-aging results.
To get started, I’d highly recommend picking up a copy of The 5-Minute Facial Workout: 30 Exercises for a Naturally Beautiful Face by Catherine Pez. This book is solely focused on a concept called “facial gymnastics”, which includes specific exercises designed to develop, relax and firm facial muscles just as we do with the rest of our body. Here are three interesting facts about facial gymnastics as described by Ms. Pez in her book:
- Working the muscles in the lower region of your face helps lift your features, refine your skin, sculpt your cheeks, plump up your lips, and firm the skin around your neck.
- Exercising muscles in the middle areas of your face improves facial structure, lifts the cheekbones, rounds out the cheeks, and prevents the formation of crow’s feet and nasolabial folds, often referred to as “laugh lines”.
- Working out the upper parts of your face helps to relax your eyelids, prevent frown lines, and support the skin of your forehead and temples, which is essential for maintaining muscle tone in all of your features.
Every page of this book features clear instructions for each of the 30 facial exercises with a photograph to demonstrate the required movements.
As an avid exercise enthusiast and health/fitness researcher, educator and advocate, I can really appreciate the straightforward yet detailed nature of the book. In fact, I’ve been implementing facial gymnastics for just two weeks with noticeable improvements in the overall appearance of my face. Just 5 minutes a day is all it takes!
For maximum beauty, always remember to fuel your facial workouts with adequate nutrition and sufficient protein intake for muscle preservation. It’s generally best to consume at least 0.40-0.50 grams of protein per pound of your body weight and more if you’re highly active.
But it doesn’t stop there!
It’s also important to refrain from excessive sun exposure and unhealthy behaviors like smoking, as both can cause premature aging of the skin by increasing free radical production and damage.
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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.
Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.