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Want to know what women dread the most, apart from getting fat? It’s spotting signs of ageing, which include wrinkles and blemishes. It’s time you follow our simple and effective anti-aging tips for your face and keep those awful wrinkles and marks at bay. Stay young and beautiful lady, you’ve got a wonderful life ahead!
Instead of only dedicating countless hours at the gym to get in shape, spend some time in taking care of your skin. Get rid of or stop the progression of those nasty wrinkles with our tips for your face. Follow these exercises and lift and tone your skin in no time.
Reasons for Skin Ageing
Age-related skin alterations are primarily a result of genetically tuned changes (intrinsic factors) along with environmental wear-and-tear (extrinsic factors). However, the extrinsic factors seem to be the predominant reason in most cases.
It is estimated that 80-90% of the changes one observes on their skin is a result of exposure to daylight which is also known as photoageing. This subsequently leads to wrinkle formation, loss of skin elasticity, hyperpigmentation and skin discolouration amongst other changes.
Other extrinsic factors that affect skin ageing are:
- Sun exposure
- Lifestyle choices (e.g. Smoking)
- Protein & carbs lacking diet
- Vitamin C deficiency
- Lack of sleep
Did You Know: Japanese Women Tend to Have Better Skin Because of One Factor in Their Diet!
It is observed that Japanese women tend to have more supple skin than women living in other parts of the world. In fact, while comparing the skin quality between women belonging to nearby regions like Shanghai and Bangkok, Japenese women tend to show fewer instances of skin ageing despite sharing a similar lifestyle, except one- They consume a higher amount of natto!
Natto is fermented soyabean and is a staple food of Japanese cuisine. It is also known to be richest food source of vitamin K2. Scientists have observed that a deficiency in this micronutrient can aggravate the skin ageing process. In fact, some recent discoveries show how vitamin K2 can play a key role in wrinkle treatment and prevention, varicose veins, breast and liver cancer as well as diabetes.
Anti-ageing Facial Exercises You Need to Start Doing Right Now
Your face also needs exercise from time to time to maintain its health and glow. These anti-ageing exercises are super simple and can be done at home easily.
1. The Jawline Workout
Benefits: The Platysma muscle helps connect the jawline to your shoulders. When this muscle becomes loose, your skin sags and leads to a double chin. However, there is an exercise to prevent this turkey neck situation.
How to Do This: Tilt your head back and make your tongue touch the roof of your mouth. You might feel a bit of stretch in your neck, but don’t stop. Bring your neck back to its normal position once done. Do this 10 times for each set.
2. Opt for Yoga
Benefits: Heard of ‘Face Yoga’? Well, let’s just say it’ll help tone your face and neck muscles. Additionally, these face exercises help in blood circulation and release muscle tension.
How to Do This:You will need to hold in your breath and then release it in ways that help discipline your facial muscles. Take a deep breath through your mouth and then puff your cheeks out. Hold your breath for as long as possible before releasing the air from your nose. Repeat the exercise at least 6-8 times in a day. This is a great face exercise for tightening your skin.
3. The Forehead Exercise
Benefits: Scared you’ll have permanent furrows around your brows and lines on your forehead? To get rid of those forehead wrinkles, take a cue from your kids – you need to make a few funny and surprised facial expressions.
How to Do This: When you act surprised, it actually smoothens the creases that line your forehead. Try to keep your eyes wide open without contracting your forehead muscles. Repeat this for close to eight times in a day and witness fast results.
4. Eyebrow Flex
Benefits: Who needs Botox fillers when you have the eyebrow flex? This exercise helps keep the skin around your eyebrows tight and prevents drooping.
How to Do This: Press both your middle fingers together at the inner corner of the eyebrows. Apply pressure with your index fingers on the outer corners of your eyebrows. Now lift your head to the ceiling, then take the lower eyelid upwards and squint. Relax. Repeat the motion another six times.
5. Cheek Workout
Benefits: This exercise works on those cheekbones and muscles to maintain the height and fullness.
How to Do This:To make sure your cheeks look full and high, lift the laugh lines between your lips and nose. Smile and then press your fingertips on the area. Now lift up the area, such that your cheekbones are raised. Hold the position for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise at least 20-30 times for effective results.
Also Watch: Simple Exercises to Get Glowing Skin
Along with anti-ageing exercises, practice these 3 simple facial exercises to maintain the glow and radiance of your skin during all seasons.
Key Takeaway: In this video, the expert demonstrates 3 simple breathing techniques and facial exercises to achieve and maintain skin glow. She also emphasises on the need for hydration as the key factor to keep skin problems at a bay.
Anti-ageing Treatments That are Rather Harmful
While anti-ageing cosmetic treatments seem like a plausible and permanent solution, there are several reasons why you must not give in to the hype. These popular anti-ageing treatments could potentially do more harm than good.
The popular wrinkle fixer may not be worth your money. Botox is a non-surgical procedure that offers the same benefits of a cosmetic surgery. However, it doesn’t work the same way for everyone. Its usefulness depends on factors like skin type, thickness and how advanced is the wrinkle appearance. Therefore, not everyone can benefit from the effects of this injection!
2. Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
A popular skin anti-ageing ingredient, AHAs are known to improve skin texture and diminish signs of skin ageing. However, AHAs can also cause horrid skin irritation. They are extensively used in skin peels, and its usage can potentially increase the risk of flaking and redness. Also, AHAs should ideally be absorbed into the skin to increase their efficiency. This means face washes that claim AHA as an ingredient will not work because it gets washed away.
Micro-needling involves running a roller covered with small needles, all over your face. This treatment claims to be a switch on repair mechanism in your skin, regenerates collagen and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, the risks involved in this procedure may outweigh its benefits. One will always need to pay close attention to the sterility of the roller and needles being used. If the device isn’t cleaned thoroughly after every use, it could lead to skin infections and scarring.
4. Oxygen Mask Facial Treatment
Sure an Oxygen mask facial will leave your face plumper, however, there is very little scientific evidence that supports its long-term viability. An aestheticism applies pressurised oxygen, acid, and a customised serum to help you get that smooth, silky and plump skin. However, the plumping effect can be extremely temporary and a possible result of inflammation.
Engaging in a routine that involves facial exercises will help tighten loose skin and give you a youthful look without having to go under the knife. The exercises discussed above are easy, will not take much time and can be done at any time of the day. Follow these face exercises and say hello to healthier, younger and naturally beautiful looking skin.