Exercise One - Muscles Under Eyes
The exercise for the muscles that surround the eyes looks deceptively easy. The basic exercise is easy. It's done by just partially winking one eye at a time, and holding the wink for a second, and then repeating the movement. I suggest 50 repetitions. (I do two sets of 50 repetitions.) There is no need to scrunch up the skin in the crow's feet area when doing this exercise, but there is the need to contract firmly both the orbicularis oculi muscles around each eye and the nasalis muscles that are on each side of the nasal bone.
There is an advanced version of this exercise that is more effective but you have to gain control of the occipitalis muscle at the back of the head to do it. I discuss gaining control of this important muscle when I describe exercise 5 for the scalp muscles. I'll tell you how to do the advanced exercise then.
I put this exercise first among the five exercises because the first indication that we are getting older is those lines that form in the skin around the eyes. (The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate of the whole body.) This exercise will definitely not eliminate the fine lines but it will make them less noticeable.
Before doing any facial exercise you should apply some lubricant to the area around the muscles being exercised. I splash some water on my face before doing the exercises. You may want to apply your favorite moisturizer to your skin before you start. Don't do any of these exercises with a dry face.
Exercise One, A Variation
This exercise for the area around the eyes might be even better because you will feel these orbicularis oculi muscles contract strongly when you do it right. It's an easy exercise to do. Study this video I just made for some pointers.
The following video of the same material is for those who speak Spanish - para las personas que habla español.
After applying some lubrication to the skin around the eyes, place the fingertips of the hands under both eyes just under the orbital bone. Even though the pressure you will apply is gentle, it will give sufficient resistance to all the muscles above the orbital bone. Now while the resistance is being applied by your fingers, close your eyes tightly. You'll feel all the muscles in the neighborhood being worked strongly.
I usually hold the contraction for either one or two seconds. Do as many repetitions as you feel comfortable with. I usually do three sets of twenty-five reps. This is the one exercise that I do almost every day because the muscles and skin around the eyes is one of the two areas where deterioration is first evident as a person gets older. The other area is the front of the neck. Try this exercise in the morning while you're lying in bed - a good way to start the day.
This exercise will get rid of any bagginess around the lower eyelids and will probably get rid of any hooded upper eyelids too. But improvement will take time. Don't believe those optimistic statements about rejuvenation in a few weeks. Muscles and skin take time to respond.
Continue to - Exercise Two