We're always on the quest for skin that's firm and healthy. To make it a reality, we try every new product that hits the market, chemical peels and even facial rolling tools. But sometimes, none of that is needed. When you have the right facial exercises by your side, at least.
Like the planks you do for your core or push-ups for your arms, there exist a few exercises for your face as well. Yes, they're for your face but no, they don't come with any bulging muscles. When done correctly, facial exercises have a number of benefits. These include better blood circulation for a glowing complexion, firm skin and finally, no chemicals or tools in the process. All you need to try these exercises are your face and hands. They're so easy that you could give them a spin even when you have a few minutes to spare in your lunch break.
Before you begin, remember to apply moisturiser or oil on your face so that your fingers glide across it easily. Facial massages are best done once daily, either when you wake up or before sleeping with a light hand. So what are you waiting for? Grab five minutes and give them a go already.
1. The area beneath your ears near your neck is where your lymph nodes are located and are responsible for filtering toxins from your face. Use your first two fingers to gently press along the area, then down the throat and across the jawline. This is to help clear toxins from the passages.
2. Keep your fingers together flat and raise your chin up. Then use your hands to massage your neck, from chin to throat in long vertical strokes. If you have droopy jowls, this is one you should try.
3. Over the skin that is just beneath your brows, use your thumb and forefinger to lightly pinch it. This lifts the brows and stimulates the skin so that it stops drooping.
4. Use both your fore and middle fingers to massage the outer corners of your mouth in small circular motions as this will prevent the skin from sagging at the sides.
5. To give your complexion a radiant glow, use your fingers to gently massage the apples of your cheeks and inner cheekbones in circular motions. Move these circles outwards towards your temples.
6. Place both your fore and middle fingers at the centre of your forehead and horizontally move it across the forehead towards the temples. This exercise prevents the formation of frown lines on the forehead.