In today’s society, no one wants to have deep, obvious wrinkles on their face and body. While they are a completely natural part of the aging process, culturally we are obsessed with looking young and associate beauty with youth. If you want to get rid of facial wrinkles, you’ve probably tried facial exercises. However, studies show that these exercises are having little, if any, effect on your facial wrinkles. Below is more information on facial exercises, as well as how to avoid getting premature wrinkles.
What Are Facial Exercises?
Facial exercises are special movements intended to strengthen facial muscles. The idea is that doing these exercises several times a day will reduce the prominence of wrinkles by firming and toning the facial area. There are exercises for the eye area, cheeks, forehead, and neck.
A facial exercise for the eyes involves putting one’s fingertips on the temples, closing the eyes, and with the eyes still closed rolling them as far up and down as they can go. The fingers provide resistance and keep the skin taut. A facial exercise for the forehead involves putting one’s fingertips just above the eyebrows and trying to lift the brows through the resistance. Adherents say exercises such as these should be done several times a day, and are recommended in sets of five.
Do They Help Get Rid Of Wrinkles?
There is some debate as to whether these exercises even help wrinkles. Of course, these exercises do not have the same results as other methods, but they are not expensive, painful or invasive either. While some experts believe the exercises can help strengthen the facial muscles, there is no proof that the same exercises can reduce the prominence of wrinkles. It has only been proved that facial exercises can help those who suffer from facial palsy or who are recovering from a stroke; in both of these instances, facial strengthening is needed.
Wrinkles caused by aging are largely caused by fat loss and the continuous gravitational pull. Experts believe that exercises will have little to no effect on lines that are already present. In fact, some believe that these exercises over-manipulate the skin and result in lines!
What Is the Best Way To Deal With Wrinkles?
The best way to deal with wrinkles is to prevent them from occurring too early. Extrinsic aging, or aging caused by environmental factors such as UV light and smoking, can be altered to reduce wrinkling. Protect your skin when you’re in the sun by wearing SPF 30 sunscreen and wearing a hat. Sit in the shade whenever possible, and stop smoking as soon as possible.
Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, and you can expect to see more wrinkles if they run in your family, if you’re a smoker, or if you spent lots of time in the sun when you were younger. It is unlikely that doing facial exercises will have any effect at all on your facial lines; they might even contribute to them! If you’re unhappy with your wrinkles, speak to a skin expert about effective ways of dealing with them.