There's another part of the body you may also want to work out — namely, your face, together with your general New Year's resolutions often center on exercising more often to strengthen your arms or tone your tummy, A new study published in the journal JAMA Dermatology shows that regularly doing facial exercises — yes, working out your face — can actually make you look younger. Researchers found that younger looking skin, including fuller, firmer cheeks resulted for women aged 40 to 65 who did a 30-minute daily facial exercise program for eight weeks, followed by doing the same exercise program 3-4 times a week for 12 weeks as per the study.
Effects of Ageing on Face
You lose the elasticity and fat that helps keep your skin firm as your face ages. Firmer muscles achieved by exercises that can strengthen the facial muscles, and those can help the shape of the face appear fuller and more youthful. With age becoming less elastic and with less fat underneath to plump it up Growing the underlying muscle fills and stretches out the saggy facial skin. This is as per lead study author Murad Alam, MD, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine dermatologist, as explained to Yahoo Lifestyle. The age-related effects of the sagging skin and thinned-out fat lead to the growing facial muscle which partly counteracts the glowing skin.
Dermatologist Kristina Goldenberg of Goldenberg Dermatology iommentsn New York City agrees facial exercises can help though more research is needed. This is great news if you're freaked out by needles or scalpels and are willing to put in the time. "If done consistently, facial exercises may increase muscle tone, giving a more plump and youthful look," she tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Some volume loss that occurs with age, with Facial exercises that may help correct even the researchers were surprised by how effective the facial exercises were. I was surprised that there was an overall result, and that it was statistically significant, Alam says. I expected a few people to benefit and others not to, and for the results to be much more uncertain. In fact, we did find significant benefits, and our patients were quite enthusiastic across the board. Finally, I was surprised that the effects appeared to continue to improve over time — they were better at 20 weeks than at 8."
So does this mean you can kiss fillers and Botox goodbye? Not necessarily. "We don't want to throw away neuromodulators and filler and lasers," says Alam. The minimally invasive therapies that are currently used for wrinkle and volume loss replacement for the contour improvement from facial exercise is likely modest but real and may augment the highly effective. But facial exercises will not replace these more effective therapies."
Goldenberg also notes there can be a downside to some facial exercises. Certain facial movements can actually intensify the appearance of wrinkles if done repeatedly, she says. For instance, repeated movement of the muscles on the forehead can worsen wrinkles and make the '11' lines between the eyes more visible. The lines around the eyes, known as crow's feet and laugh lines facial exercises that involve excessive smiling can intensify. Lastly, exercises that involve puckering of the lips may worsen lines around the mouth known as smoker's lines."