Do Facial Exercises Really Work?

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In the pursuit of youth, many of us have turned to some strange solutions to stave off fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to the myriad creams, pills, and potions lining the shelves of virtually every Manhattan drugstore and makeup retailer that promise to turn back the clock, facial exercises have become increasingly popular in recent years. Countless companies promise that contorting that beautiful face of yours into some seriously silly positions will help keep you wrinkle-free. So do they actually work?

What works: There is some merit to the notion that facial exercises can tone and tighten your face; under your delicate facial skin is a fine network of muscles, after all. However, it’s unlikely that facial exercises alone will significantly improve the appearance of your skin. What actually causes you to look older is the loss of fat and collagen in your face, not the loosening of your muscles. Facial tightening exercises when done in conjunction with collagen-boosting treatments, like the 15-minute Dorothy Mask, available at Flawless Skin Solutions in New York City, can provide a one-two punch against aging and sagging skin, while giving you the radiant look you want. 

What doesn’t: The various contraptions that promise to rid you of crow’s feet, lift your sagging neck, or carve out your jawline if you’re willing to hook them to points around your face and shell out a small fortune may do more harm than good. These devices, which often use suction, compression, or even small hooks to purportedly firm your facial skin, can damage the surface you’re trying to protect, leaving it bruised, discolored, and even potentially leaving you scarred. If you want to firm up your face, don’t rely on plastic gadgets that can have detrimental effects on your health and appearance; stick to gentle, professional treatments.

What you should do instead: Just because that neck firmer or eyelid de-puffer isn’t the miracle cure you’d hoped for doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with your skincare. Treatments like the invigorating, youth-enhancing Nu Skin Galvanic Spa Facial System indulge your inner techie, allowing you to enjoy the latest in painless electrotherapy skincare right in the privacy of your own home. Mix and match treatments from Nu Skin’s ageLOC line and enjoy a fuller, line free face in no time — no crazy facial contraptions necessary.

You don’t need to master the art of facial gymnastics to keep your skin toned, taut, and line-free as you age. Starting the right facial treatments now can help you keep your skin from developing lines or sagging and may even help reduce the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles you already have.

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