While botox, fillers, facelifts, and a range of exorbitantly priced invasive treatments will be around for years to come, alternative techniques—feasible, non-invasive ones that promise to chisel your cheekbones and contour your nose—have been simultaneously making advancements in the world of beauty.
Facial workout? Well, if you work out to tone your body and accentuate its best characteristics, why not do the same for your face? Training your facial muscles to gain complete muscle control can help minimise signs of premature ageing, stimulate blood flow, and drain lymphatic fluid that tends to hold stress and tension.
To help relieve your skin from common yet complex woes, Vibhuti Arora recommends that you regularly practice the following exercises.
Face Muscle Relaxer
Designed to combat accelerated ageing, this particular exercise helps smoothen fine lines, lifts the skin around your eyes, tones your cheeks, and tightens your neck.
To begin, place both your palms on your temples and push the palms up and back to lift the sides of your face. Hold this position for 5 seconds and repeat two more times. As you stretch, you should feel a slight burn on the corners of your mouth and cheek—the kind of burn you experience during an intense workout. Next, inhale, and while exhaling, lift your eyebrows and open your eyes as wide as possible without creating creases on your forehead.
The cheek whipping exercise is ideal to lift your cheekbones, jowls, and to give way to a defined jawline.
Take the index and middle finger of your right hand and begin lifting your facial muscle from the corner of your lip to the ear lobe—first to the count of 20 and then to the count of 10. Now, count till 10 while you begin lifting from the apples of your cheeks to the top of your ear. Perform this exercise for 30 seconds on each side.
Pro Tip: Since this is an intense face cardio exercise, it mustn't be performed more than 3 times a week.
The Lioness Face
The Lioness Face exercise works to improve facial sagging and wrinkles around the nose, eyes, and mouth. Plus, it provides immediate oxygenation to the face for an instant glow! Incorporating a combination of facial stress relief and breath coordination, this exercise helps smoothen and brighten your skin, enhance its texture, and release tension from the facial muscles.
To begin, take a deep breath along with joining your fists together to create more pressure. As you release your breath with the pressure, open your mouth and eyes (wide) and stretch your tongue out. Ensure that you constrict (hold tightly) every facial muscle on your face and neck for five seconds as you breathe in. As you exhale and release, open your mouth and eyes and stretch your tongue out.
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