The first noticeable signs of aging are usually wrinkles and loose skin. Your skin elasticity and the contours of your face depend on how well your facial muscles are toned. These muscles need exercise just as much as the rest of your body.
Warm up your muscles
First of all, you need to warm up your facial muscles. Stand up or sit down, holding your back straight. Now try to sing different vowels for as long as you can. Singing “I,“ ”O,“ “E,” and ”A” usually works best. Keep doing this exercise until you feel your entire face is warm.
Sit down, and tilt your head back. Now imagine that you need to reach the ceiling with your lower lip. Stick out your lower lip as far as you can, and hold for 5-10 seconds. Then take a short break, and repeat 2-3 times.
Cross your arms over your chest, and slowly raise your chin while standing straight. Once you reach your limit, take a long deep breath, and count to 10 or 15. Then slowly return to the starting position.
This exercise is very simple but very effective. It helps to reduce the risk of losing elasticity in your cheeks. Make sure you keep your head straight during this exercise. Pull the corners of your lips down, and return to the starting position. Repeat at least 5 times, until you feel some tension in your muscles.
Sit straight, and hold a pencil with your lips tightened. Now try to write your name in the air without moving your head. Keep doing this exercise for at least 3 minutes. Then take a short break, and repeat a few more times.
This exercise is great for your neck muscles. It also helps to tone up the muscles around your face. Tilt your head to the right, trying to reach your shoulder with your ear. Press your right hand against the right side of your head, while resisting with your head and neck. Hold for 10 seconds, and repeat for the other side.
Take a deep breath, close your lips tightly, and suck in a mouthful of air. Put your hands on your cheeks so that your fingers cover your ears. Now start pushing against your cheeks, creating resistance with your muscles. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Then take a short break, and repeat 5-6 times.
Open your mouth, and cover your teeth with your lips. Now move your lower jaw forward, and push against your chin with your finger. Try to resist your finger with your facial muscles while contracting and relaxing them. Repeat 10 times.
This is the last and the most difficult exercise that helps to strengthen your jaw muscles as well as the muscles under your tongue. Put both of your fists under your chin, and press your tongue against the bottom of your mouth (beside your lower teeth). Push your chin up with your fists, while resisting that pressure with your tongue. Hold for 30 seconds. Take a short break, and repeat 10 times.