Monday, November 7, 2011

Face Work

Happy Monday!  Today we talk about  the possibility of aging  gracefully without surgery! I guess, you may say impossible.(Note: Personally, I do not look down on surgery and many times, it is necessary and important for the individuals self esteem).
 However, there are many times when I want to ask the question. What is the secret to keeping your face free of  aging? Have you noticed  women  that age gracefully? Is it the calming demure, the special glow ,or signs of contentment without  the hints of stress?  Is it the diet and exercise? Can it be in the genes?  Probably all the above with the  one exception that we can play  a role in the results. Exercise, food intake, skin care,smoking and most of all stress and worry expressions can be some of the   culprits. There are many books  and blogs on skin  care and facial exercises.  If we narrow are eating habits down to just having good skin results it may make dieting easier. Try not to carry stress in our expressions and  do  facial and body exercises. Yes, this can help the aging process so we can feel accepting  and more confident about our aging! Here is  Part I of my  research for beautiful skin at any age.
                       Quote for the day!
 Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.       ~Kahlil Gibran

Facial Fitness Blog 

Discovering Facial Exercises

by Carolyn
I was first attracted to facial exercises only after I tried lots of other things to get rid of the sagging and bagging and wrinkling that was very apparent on my 52 year old face!!  I tried all the electronic gadgets... holding one such "zapper" to my face for 45 minutes a day. I lasted about three days and gave up. My arms were exhausted!  And, I didn't really see much improvement...  I still had that double chin and all those rings around my neck. Not to mention the jowls. Hanging jowls was my inheritance. Super sigh!

Next, I discovered face exercises. I tried lots of programs on the market at the time and found them all lacking.  They were either too long or too short and ineffective, as well. I wanted something that wasn't too aggressive and yet I wanted something that showed results—that lifted up my face and smoothed out my wrinkles. I also wanted to do it in less than 20 minutes. So many programs required 40 minutes worth of work-out time. This is why I finally designed my own program.

A Competent Program Gives the Best Results

I think it's very important to get a face exercise program that's competent, complete and of high quality. It should be one that covers all 57 muscles of the face and neck and can be completed in 15 minutes or so. Also, you want a program that's easy to use and easy to learn. I think having a DVD or video is paramount in learning the face exercises. This way you will know for sure exactly how to do the face exercises properly. You have a live demonstration to which you can compare.

I found that face exercising is most effective when you're building muscle and shortening muscles to create lift and a younger, more youthful look. Skin naturally tightens up around a contracting muscle. Ten times more oxygen also goes to a contracting muscle. This is great for the condition of the skin, as well. Look at what happens to your body when you work out?! The skin eventually tightens up around the exercising muscle. I had recently lost 50 pounds when I started exercising the face and neck. I can tell you that my neck is completely smooth and firm, and my jowls, double chin, hanging eyelids are all a thing of the past. In fact, people usually guess me to be about 42 years old. I love to look more than 15 years younger than I am!!!  Vanity at work... Sigh....

Youth Jumps

I've been doing the face exercises for almost nine years, now and to my astonishment I still have youth jumps. That is, in the first two years of face exercising, every three months or so, all of a sudden you look a bit younger than you did before. Then, the jumps get further apart. Then they happen every six months or so. I recently had a youth jump. Somehow my face and jowls are just a little bit younger looking than before. So, I'm looking younger as I grow older. Amazing!

Facial  Exercise Reading (click book)

Issac Mizarhi Aging Gracefully 

Surface Procedures
Many people are calling fillers and injectables a “lunch-time” face lift. These products greatly reduce and eliminate many fine and deep lines by other plumping up the skin or paralyzing the muscle. The results are immediate and can be dramatic or subtle depending on the individual. There are few risks and the price is dramatically lower than traditional surgery. However, the results are temporary, lasting from a few months to a year or two maximum, and there are some things these fillers can’t achieve. While they can remove facial lines, they can’t tighten sagging skin, especially in areas such as around the neck and underneath the chin.

Treat your skin with a good diet

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