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5 Wrinkle-Fighting Facial Exercises

Women who did these daily facial exercises ended up looking younger after just 20 weeks.

By
Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
Woman doing face exercise

In a pretty fascinating study, women who did daily or almost-daily facial exercises for 20 weeks looked two years younger (as concluded by doctors)! Here are some of the study’s moves (designed by Happy Face Yoga) that could work for you. Repeat each two to three times.

1. Cheek Lifter
Open your mouth to form an O, positioning your upper lip over your teeth. Smile to lift your cheek muscles up, placing your index fingers lightly on the top part of cheek. Release your check muscles to lower them, then lift back up. Do this 10 times. On the tenth lift, hold your cheek muscles as high as you can and lift your fingers about an inch away from your face and up toward your scalp area. Hold for 20 seconds while looking up at your fingers, then release.

2. Happy Cheeks Sculpting
Smile without showing your teeth. Purse your lips together, then smile, forcing your cheek muscles up. Place your fingers on the corners of your mouth and slide them up to the top of the cheeks. Hold that for 20 seconds.

3. Eyebrow Lifter
Smile, then press three fingertips of each hand under your eyebrows to force your eyes open. Keep smiling while trying to frown your eyebrows down against your fingers. Hold for 20 seconds while breathing deeply.

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4. Upper Eyelid Firmer
Smile, then place your index fingers at the outer corner of each eye and your middle fingers at the inner corners. Squeeze your eyes closed tight, and roll your eyeballs up toward the ceiling (still keeping your eyes closed). Hold for 30 seconds.

5. Jaw and Neck Firmer
Smile, then open your mouth to make an “ahh” sound. Fold your lower lip and the corners of your lips into your mouth and hold them tightly. Extend your lower jaw forward. Using your lower jaw only, scoop up very slowly as you close your mouth. Pull your chin up about an inch each time you scoop, tilting your head backward. Open and close your lower jaw for 10 reps. On the final rep, your chin should be pointed toward the ceiling; hold for 20 seconds.

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