Your face has more than ten bones and 12 muscles, with numerous branches of nerves, arteries, and veins. Facial exercise can help in all of these areas. It is typically used to stimulate blood flow and circulation, to better prepare skin for a facial treatment, relieve tension, or assist in treating medical conditions.
It is important to realize that the face often ages more rapidly than other parts of the body, because facial skin is exposed to the environment virtually all the time. Exposure to sun, wind, excessive heat, and cold, as well as chemical and biological pollutants… not to mention hormonal changes, depleted collagen production, thinning of the skin due to free radical damage, slacked facial ligaments, genetic disposition, and poor diet – all gradually produce an appearance of sagging, discolored, dull skin. What can you do?
Dr.Fisher suggests facial exercise prior to facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peel. Sometimes, TMJ, i.e. temporomandibular joint, produces facial pain, headaches, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Therefore, facial exercise is not only a matter of surface but also the substance. As we smile, laugh, speak, and frown our faces do a lot of muscle work, 12-16 hours a day, sometimes even in our sleep. Tensed facial muscles can inhibit blood flow and circulation.
You do not have to be a licensed massage therapist to perform a simple facial exercise in the form of a massage at home. It can help blood circulation, which aids detoxification. Detoxification produced by lymphatic drainage occurs when lymph fluid, containing bacteria and debris, is transported through the lymph vessels in the body tissue. As lymph fluid is carried through the bloodstream, the bacteria and debris is sieved by lymph nodes. During a facial, facial exercise can help facilitate lymphatic drainage.
Facial exercise is often performed by moving the pads of the fingers in an upward, outward motion over different areas of the face. Practitioners may massage areas or slightly pinch around the brow where facial tension is concentrated. This may depend on your individual need. Generally, you want to be tender and gentle, in particular around your eyes. Usually, therapists will massage along the jaw line or at the hinges of the jaw and cheekbone to help manage TMJ.
If you decide to implement a daily facial exercise plan and want to take wrinkle prevention seriously, Dr.Fisher recommends that you avoid the following:
Scrubbing your face too strenuously
- Using a downward scrubbing motion during cleansing
- Squinting your eyes
- Leaning your chin or cheek on the telephone or on your hand
- Sleeping with your hand lodged between your chin, cheek, or pillow
However, if you do have a particularly sturdy, sagging or wrinkled area, facelift will do the job overnight.