Redheads, Put Your Best Face Forward
By: Alexander Morgan
Remember when you were a kid making silly faces at your mom and she’d shake her head and say,
“If you keep it up your face will freeze that way”?
Well, that’s precisely what has sent many of us running for the $50 face creams and pie in the sky instant wrinkle removers. Our faces have literally frozen into postures developed during stressful times, causing deterioration of muscle groups and decreased elasticity.
Your face is just like the rest of your body, it needs to be stretched and worked out in order to stay strong and taut.
There are several facial exercise programs out there, some centering more on massage and some providing honest to goodness feel the burn yoga resistance movements. Here are some ways to exercise your face:
1. The yoga based facial exercise programs are based on resistance and are effective because they reach muscles that do not naturally get worked in a typical day while the massage oriented programs are more for working out stress and getting blood circulating in the skin. For a balanced routine try doing two or three yoga face exercises followed by two to three minutes of gentle face massage to stimulate the cells. If you want to follow up the routine with an added bonus try performing a yoga headstand or shoulder stand for a supreme circulation boost following your face workout.
2. Carole Maggio’s, Facercise, has won the approval of celebrities and is not cheap to come by but I get by just fine with a mix of Jack Lalanne’s face workout and Annelise Hagen’s Yoga Face exercises.
If one of the above is done roughly three times a week consistently for several weeks you will begin to see a difference, albeit a slow and gradual difference, but a natural and inexpensive one.
I’ve been doing facial exercises off and on for about a year and recently (as I approach 32) got serious about it and have noticed a marked change in firmness and elasticity.
Redheads have to be ever vigilant about anti-aging skin regimes since we tend to age quicker so the sooner you start the better and consistency is key.
I am no facial exercise expert but I do know what works for me and having dabbled with facial exercises for some time now, I can say that it is extremely beneficial to redheads. I’ll take my natural facelift over injections and incisions any day, even if it means a little more work and a little extra patience on my part.
Rock it like a Redhead!
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