As well as taking our daily phytoceramide pill, we like to do some exercises to help tone our face, chin, and neck muscles. Although you don’t need to do these exercises in order for phytoceramides to work, we like to include them in our daily exercise routine. They are great for firming up the muscles under our skin. They also increase the supply of oxygen to the face, chin, and neck. And they only take around half an hour to do.
Even cosmetic surgeons agree that facial exercises are beneficial. Here’s what Dr Mark Berman, former president of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, had to say.
When you exercise, you tone and tighten the muscles in your body. So why not apply the same principles to your face? I’ve seen the results, and it works.
Toning Your Lower Face
In this articles, we will be looking at exercises which target the lower half of your face.
The three main muscles we are going to exercise are:
- Those muscles which extend downward from the bottom corners of the nose to each corner of the mouth (the levator anguli oris muscles).
- The muscles which extend from each corner of the mouth downward to the chin and under the jaw line (called the depressor anguli oris muscles).
- The zygomaticus major muscles. These extend from the corners of the mouth to the ear. They lift and tighten the cheeks, preventing them from sagging to create laughter lines around your eyes.
Take a look at anyone under the age of twenty-five. You will see that as well as having smooth and taut skin, they have naturally toned and cushioned facial muscles which enhance the quality of their skin.
Working these three main sets of muscles regularly, by performing the exercises we describe below, will build up a cushion of muscle under the skin. This provides a great foundation for your new, ceramide-rich, wrinkle-free skin.
It will, however, take a few weeks for you to build up the muscle. Once the muscle is firm and toned, however, you will need to spend less time maintaining the tone. It is always easier to maintain muscle than to build it!
You should perform each of these exercises for at least 10 minutes a day. However, if you can, doing each one for 30 minutes will see huge improvements in only a matter of a few days.
Make sure you don’t frown!
We have found that is vital that when you’re doing these exercises, you do not concentrate so hard that you wrinkle your forehead!
Place your index fingers on the levator anguli oris muscles (blue in the photo), with your fingertips only just touching the bottom corner of your nose.
Press very firmly down and try to raise your nose, as if you are sniffing the air. Press your fingers firmly enough so that you cannot actually lift your nose.
Hold this position for at least 10 minutes, at least once a day.
The second exercise builds and firms the depressor anguli oris muscles (red).
Place your index fingers about 2 to 3 inches inside the corners of your mouth. Hold your lips apart slightly, but do not stretch your mouth.
Now try to close your mouth, against the resistance of your fingers.
Keep your fingers inside the corners of your mouth. Now try to pull your fingers out, but tighten your mouth really hard to prevent your fingers from getting pulled out. This tones the zygomaticus major muscles (green) and helps remove laughter lines.
Do these exercises daily, for several weeks, until you are happy with your new muscle tone. Then you can reduce the amount of time spent performing each exercise to only 5 minutes a day.
Be aware these exercises are not a substitute for phytoceramides. They will give you a firm and more youthful looking face. They will also help reduce the wrinkles. However, they don’t work on the internal structure of your skin, replacing those lost ceramides. It is better to see the exercises as a way of underlying the work which is being done by the phytoceramides.