We all know exercise is good for us: Exercise has been shown to increase cardiovascular health, boost energy, and perhaps lengthen lifespan as well. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity, quite frankly, are hard to ignore. Regardless of your age, sex or physical ability, exercise can be life-changing in everything from improved muscle tone to increased blood flow to weight loss.
On the other hand, facial exercises, which are limited to strengthening and toning the muscles of the face and/or neck, are more controversial. Though it has been suggested that these exercises may lift, tone, and tighten the skin, there are also potential detriments to them, including unwanted muscle-building, problems with facial expression, and more.
Here, we discuss facial exercise, its benefits and detriments, and suggest some alternatives:
The Benefits of Facial Exercise
As with regular cardiovascular exercise for your body, facial exercises may improve muscle tone and blood flow. One study in the Journal of Geriatric Dermatology reports that eight weeks’ of facial exercise increases muscle strength by 250%, skin tone/firmness by 32.5% and blood flow by 10%.
Regular facial exercise may also improve mobility. For instance, many people experience a “tightness” in the lips after lip augmentation. Facial exercise has been shown help to alleviate tightness in the lips after lip augmentation or reconstruction (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2000).
The Detriments of Facial Exercise
Facial exercise may result in a more masculine-looking face for some women. In general, muscular jaws, cheekbones, and a “strong lower face” are generally associated with masculinity, according to a 2004 study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of the Biological Sciences.
A 2002 study in the International Journal of Orofacial Myology further “warrants some caution” from undergoing facial exercise. Before and after an eight-week trial period, four subjects had their upper and lower lip muscle activity and movements recorded. Only one subject showed the expected significant increase in facial muscle activity. Regarding the other three subjects, one subject showed no systematic training effect at all, whereas the remaining two subjects had facial movements that lasted longer on average. This may interfere with microexpressions when communicating — not a desirable effect!
An Alternative to Facial Exercise
One alternative to facial exercise is to use skin care products with an exciting ingredient called GPA (3-Guanidinopropionic acid). GPA may reduce skin tension and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by frowning and facial tension.
We recommend Paranormal-EFX Anti-Aging Super Serum, which contains GPA as well as PreventheliaTM,which may protect the skin from DNA damage, and Pa Reviviscence, a compound that supports cell turnover and has calming effects.
Paranormal-EFX Anti-Aging Super Serum may be used day or night. If you are using it in conjunction with AminoGenesis Wrinkle Arrest Broad Spectrum SPF 30, use AminoGenesis Wrinkle Arrest Broad Spectrum SPF 30 during the day and Paranormal-EFX Anti-Aging Super Serum at night.
Facial exercise may improve skin tone and microcirculation, but it may also present issues with building up unwanted muscles and prolonging facial expressions unexpectedly. It is better to reduce facial tension with a compound like GPA (3-Guanidinopropionic acid). GPA may reduce skin tension, eradicating fine lines and wrinkles caused by frowning and facial tension, with regular use over time.