LET'S TALK FACIAL MUSCLES
Fun Fact: There are 43 muscles in your face?! And just like with your body the muscles in your face support overall function and movement.
Facial muscles serve up two key purposes: support chewing ( our facial muscles must be super strong then!) and facial expressions, so you can thank your muscles for letting you wink at the cutie passing you by, because it would be rude to just stare.
BUT I ALREADY DON'T LIKE SQUATS, DO I HAVE TO WORKOUT MY FACE?
Working out your facial muscles through everyday facial exercises helps to promote circulation of blood to different areas of the face and replenishes oxygen supply in the muscles and skin.
The beauty of getting that blood pumping is that it supports healthy glowing skin and it feels good, duh! But there’s a few more additional benefits attributed to facial workouts.
Dr Olbricht, a Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, highlights that a face workout can reduce the appearance of scars and improve muscle tone in the face.
Also, just like your body muscles, your facial muscles have memory and given that exercise has a cumulative effect, over time, your face workouts will help to tone, sculpt and define your face.
LET'S DO IT!
Thankfully, there are no weights involved in a face workout! Not only will your face be toned and glowing at the end of it, but your mind is likely to feel more relaxed and that's an all-round win.
Step 1: Start off with a facial massage using your favourite serum or oil and your gua sha tool. This will release tension, assist with lymphatic drainage and blood flow and warm your muscles up. If you need a refresher on using your gua sha tool, follow our guide here here.
Step 2: Strengthen your cheek muscles by smiling as wide as possible and pressing your fingertips into your cheeks at the spot between your nose and lips. Press your fingertips into your muscles and lift the muscles up. Repeat motion ten times.
Step 3: Smooth out your forehead by furrowing your brow (frowning and bringing your eyebrows close together), then lift your eyebrows as high as possible – your eyes should open up wide with this movement. Repeat motion ten times.
Step 4: Tighten your neck area by pressing the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, look up towards the ceiling, smile and swallow. Repeat this motion for 30 – 40 seconds.
Step 5: Finish off your face workout by running your facial roller over your face for a few minutes. This will help to soothe your muscles and your skin.
For best results, it's recommend to do a face workout around 3 - 5 times a week. Your facial muscles and your skin will absolutely thank you for it!