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Can facial exercises reverse signs of aging?

February 20, 2019

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Kristina Liu, MD, MHS, is a dermatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she serves as the director of the vitiligo clinic and director of dermatology simulation education. She received her medical degree and masters in … See Full Bio
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March 2, 2019

What are the exercises? I would like to learn how to do them. Thanks.

March 2, 2019

I have been an excerise junkie for the last 43 years, every day on the treadmill, drink 8/10 glasses of water every day since I was a kid and being a professional chef the last 38 years also helped in making good food choices, I too, in my car, a long commute home after work got bored and started exercising my facial muscles, and have been doing this for the last 24 years everyday, always wanting to age gracefully, all above paid off, I’m 63 years old, people tell me I look like I’m 45 😊 and it’s never to late to start anything in life, excerise, water, good food choices and facial exercises!!!

Diane Evans-Blake MACCC/SLP
February 25, 2019

I am a Speech Language Pathologist and I have practiced in hospital and rehabilitation facilities with adults for over 40+ years. I wear sunscreen daily and provide oral range of motion exercise training for my clients all day long. Not only am I improving their oral motor strength, but maintaining my facial/ laryngeal muscular also. I will celebrate another birthday this year looking and feeling great! I am also a Vegan . Facial exercises, sunscreen and a healthy diet work.

February 25, 2019

12 years ago I said to myself that I do exercises to tighten my body muscles so why don’t I do them for my face. This was when my jowls were starting to sag at age 57. Well at age 69, those jowls look better than they did 12 years ago! I do face exercises 4 or 5 times per week and almost always when I am in my car. People always comment about how nice my skin looks and that I don’t look my age. I hardly have any lines or wrinkles. Of course I eat a healthy diet–lots of fruits and vegetables,etc.– and do cardio 3 or 4 times per week which keeps the oxygen moving and the skin glowing! Find many exercises on the internet including “Kiss the Moon” which really helps the jowls and neck.

February 27, 2019

Hi Linda B, Very interested about your blog, that tells about your experiences taking care of your face with exercise that had helped you to keep your Yowls from sagging
Could describe these exercises fro me , please.

February 25, 2019

I have done facial exercises for over 30 years on and off. My routine which exercises the forehead, cheeks, and under-chin areas take me about 15 min. I started doing these because I observed that men (who rarely use facial moisturizers) are in General more youthful-looking than sane-age women. Men do a series of facial excercices when shaving—without realizing that they are doing this. Therefore…I simply imitated what husband was doing but did series of 10-12 of each plus invented some of my own. I think they work! Skin tightens up, more blood flows to face when muscles are being used. Face definitely stays youthful and skin subtle without drastic surgery or Botox !

R.T. Neary
February 25, 2019

Try prayer. I never frown when I do so – but only relax …

February 25, 2019

I have been doing facial exercises for many years. I have never disclosed my daily regime which I do on awakening every morning or in the car on the way to work ( but not stopped at traffic lights) to anyone even my husband. I get many comments on my youthful looks and how I don’t look my age (69). I am still working and feeling great. My little secret.

Alexandria Weida
February 25, 2019

Actually, I tried these about ten years ago and maybe it was an annomly but I think I looked worse after several weeks. I would not recommend them at all but that was just my experience. I do agree with the other writer, ‘goofy’ is not quite what I’ve come to expect from Harvard medical.

Carol rubenstein
February 25, 2019

What are the exercises? I would like to learn how to do them. Thanks.

Marcia Cox ( retired Science teacher)
February 25, 2019

The title is CAN facial exercises……. and makes it quite clear that this was not a scientific process, rather testing an idea.

I don’t see that this reduces the standard in anyway as it was not set up as a test of an hypothesis.

Eliana Andrade
February 22, 2019

Facial exercises reverse signs of ageing. You need to do more research than pick one small study, or google superficial opinions. I’m disappointed this is the new standard for Harvard. “Goofy moves will at least make you smile”?!!! This article is pretty goofy.

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