Are face exercises the new botox? If you want to try out a natural, skin-lifting method, face exercises might be your best bet for contouring your face and rejuvenating your complexion. Face exercise (also referred to as face fitness) involves performing exercises that lift, tone and sculpt the 43 muscles in your face.
Our recommendations come from the book Face Fitness authored by skin expert Patricia San Pedro. Patricia has founded two programs called “Yoga Glow” and “Face Fitness," and writes about facial exercises that can rejuvenate your complexion. The exercises are divided up into facial areas, including the chin and jawline, lips and nose, cheeks, eyes and forehead. Let’s dive in.
Face exercises are customizable facial massage techniques that can be practiced every day for one to two minutes in the morning or evening. The end result should be a sculpted and toned complexion.
In the same way that you work out the muscles in your body, working out your face muscles can strengthen them and improve your facial appearance. According to Face Fitness, massaging your facial muscles “activates” your skin’s collagen production and gives your skin a “lift.” Avoid face exercises if you have:
- Sensitive skin
- Any kind of open wound
- Undergone an intense treatment like a chemical peel or microneedling.
It’s important to always start with a cleansed face using a double cleansing method. The first oil-based cleanser removes impurities dirt, sebum, makeup and pollution. The second water-based cleanser gets rid of any remaining residue and dead skin cells, leaving your skin thoroughly cleansed.
Next, choose a face oil for your exercises. You can shop our range of serums or facial oils. As Face Fitness advises, use a blueberry-sized amount of your chosen product.
The “Chin Cardio Sprint” is designed to tone and prevent sagging skin and double chin along your chin. As mentioned above, use a generous amount of facial oil and replenish as you go. Note that there are four positions: upper-left collarbone, center-left collarbone, center-right collarbone and upper-right collarbone. It should be performed in a quick manner like a regular cardio exercise.
Step 1: To prevent the unwanted appearance of a double chin or sagging skin, place your right pointer, middle, ring and pinky fingers above your upper-left collarbone. Press in as you sweep your fingertips upward toward your jawline. Now, move your right hand away from your face to make way for the next movement.
Step 2: Place your left pointer, middle, ring and pinky fingers above your center left collarbone. Gently press your fingertips in and upward toward your chin. Move your left hand away from your face to make way for the next movement.
Step 3: Place your right pointer, middle, ring and pinky fingers above your right center collarbone. Press your fingertips in and upward toward your chin. Move your right hand away from your face to make way for the next movement.
Step 4: Place your left pointer, middle, ring and pinky fingers above your upper-right collarbone. Press your fingertips in and upward toward your chin.
Step 5: Reverse this alternating move, starting the upward sweeps from your upper-right collarbone to your upper-left collarbone. This is 1 full set.
Step 6: Repeat, completing 3 to 6 reps.
Use this next exercise to create a natural contour around your jawline. Use a blueberry-sized amount of facial oil or serum.
Step 1: To contour your jawline, place your right pointer finger above your chin. Place your right middle finger below your chin.
Step 2: Apply firm pressure as you sweep your “scissor” fingers up, hugging along your jawline, toward your right ear.
Step 3: Place your left pointer finger above your chin, and place your left middle finger below your chin.
Step 4: Apply firm pressure as you sweep your “scissor” fingers up, hugging along your jawline, toward your left ear. This is 1 full set.
Step 5: Repeat, completing 3 to 6 steps.
This exercise should give you a lip plumping effect. A pea-sized amount of oil on the pads of your pointer and middle fingers is all you need.
Step 1: Place the pointer and middle fingers of both hands just above the middle of your lips. Press, hold and massage in an outward circular motion. Move outward with each hand as you massage around the upper area of your lips.
Step 2: Continue on toward the corners of the mouth, then make your way to the skin under the mouth, massaging upward and out around the lips.
Step 3: Continue for 15 to 30 seconds.
Want to define the area around your nose? Use a pea size amount of serum or oil with the nose area.
Step 1: Place your middle fingers on either side of the bridge of your nose.
Step 2: Apply pressure while gliding your fingers upward towards your eyebrows and release.
Step 3: Repeat, completing 3 to 6 reps.
Use a generous amount of facial oil or serum for the Cheek Glow exercise, replenish as needed. This exercise should create a rosy glow in your cheeks and brighten your eye area.
Step 1: Place the pointer, middle and ring fingers of each hand at the bridge of your nose.
Step 2: To improve circulation, create circular movements, moving across your cheeks then toward your temples.
Step 3: Gently glide your fingers under your eyes and back to the bridge of your nose without exerting any additional pressure. This is one full set.
Step 4: Repeat, completing 3 to 6 reps.
This exercise will dissolve tension in the brow area to create a lifted look. Use a pea-sized amount of serum on moisturized hands.
Step 1: Place your ring fingers under the inner corners of your eyebrows and your middle fingers over your brows.
Step 2: Glide your fingers to the outer corner of each eyebrow, lifting your brows at the same time.
Step 3: Repeat, completing 3 to 6 steps.
Massaging your forehead can reduce tension in the forehead, which helps prevent forehead lines. For this exercise, use a pea-sized amount of oil or serum.
Step 1: Place your right pointer, middle and ring fingers at your left temple. Apply gentle pressure as you swipe across your forehead toward your right temple.
Step 2: Place your left pointer, middle, and ring fingers at your right temple. Apply gentle pressure as you swipe across your forehead toward your left temple. This is 1 full set.
Step 3: Repeat, completing 3 to 6 reps.
Will you use any of these face exercises at home? Let us know if these exercises help keep your complexion looking toned and lifted. We’d love it if you share your thoughts with us in the comments below and join the conversation on social media.