The Aging Process
There are several ways that faces age. Some of these you can slow down
greatly; others you can actually prevent.
Intrinsic aging is the natural aging that the years bring on. The skin loses
the underlying layer of fat that gives younger people a radiant appearance.
Facial exercises along with good dietary habits can slow down intrinsic aging
but certainly can't stop it.
Extrinsic aging is the process of aging that you can slow down a lot. You can
do this by protecting yourself from the sun, eating nutritious foods, drinking
enough clean water, staying away from smoke and smoking, keeping the proper
weight for your bone structure, getting enough sleep, and exercising - facial
Sleep lines develop when we sleep with our face in the same position in the
pillow night after night. The simple, but maybe not so simple, suggestion, is to
change you position regularly.
Expression lines develop in all faces but in some faces these lines are more
deeply etched. I'm going to talk about this type of aging and expression-line
development later in a special section.
Gravity is the big determinant of facial aging especially for people who are
overweight. (But people who are severely underweight experience another form of
facial aging.) The more flesh you have on your face, the more gravity has to
work with. Gravity is not kind to heavy faces. Even facial exercises will not
combat the effects of too much facial fat.
And finally, sun damage. The obvious "treatment" for this powerful aging
accelerator is to stay out of the sun or to take massive precautions when in its
harmful rays. I'll have much more to say on this later. Photodamage to the skin
can add years to a person's appearance.
Exercise Three - Chin Muscle
Don't let my ridiculous expression scare you. I don't advise doing this
exercise in public because you'll look like an idiot. The exercise is an
effective one, though, because it really does tone up the chin and the front of
You don't have to look this grim while you're doing the exercise. Still it is
not wise to do it in front of your significant other. One does have to keep some
semblance of dignity.
Splash some water on your face or apply some lubricant to the skin around the
chin and mouth. Now you're ready:
- Elevate the lower lip. This will wrinkle the skin of the chin. If you
place your finger firmly on the mentalis muscle you will feel that it is
contracted. Hold this contraction for a second.
- Now strongly lower the chin to the position you see in the photo. Hold
this contraction for a second. Do not move the head though. The head remains
stationary throughout the exercise.
- Do this exercise maintaining good form for ten or twelve repetitions. I
usually do two or three sets of ten reps.
While you're doing this exercise, you'll feel the muscles at the front of the
neck (the platysma) working hard along with the chin muscle. Keeping these two
muscle groups in good shape is important to ward off the dreaded turkey-neck
syndrome and platysmal banding.
Go to this thread on the Discussion Forum for more
information on Exercise Three -
Link to the message.
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