List this trend next to "Kegels" on your list of "Strange Ways To Tone."
Fitness is generally a word that we attribute to parts of our bodies below the neck. Recently, however, "face fitness" has become a trend with the promise of softening fine lines, lifting the forehead and toning under eyes. This trend debuts in the wake of an onslaught of skin firming devices that use a micro-current to reveal healthier, younger-looking skin sans injections—think: NuFace and Neurotris.
While doctors and aestheticians seem to be at odds on whether the facial stretches actually yield results, according to an article by FOX, "Upstate aestheticians say working out the face is helpful but advise people to proceed with caution." While board certified dermatologist Marie Jhin claims, "There's no scientific data proving that these exercises work, but I don't see anything wrong with doing them, as long as you're using the right muscles. Obviously if you frown as a part of your exercise that may create wrinkles you don't want."
Interested in trying the trend? Some of these exercises look a little crazy so we recommend trying them in private spaces. Here are a few exercises to get you started:
- Alternate between smiling and forming an "O" shape with your mouth. Hold each pose and repeat.
- Raise your brows and hold for five seconds. Release and repeat.
- If you're a yoga buff, you'll appreciate this one. Sit comfortably in a chair and look up at the ceiling. Pucker your lips and stick our your tongue out. You should feel a stretch—not a strain— in your neck.
To further your practice and fight the signs of aging, you should also consider altering your diet to include skin-loving foods. Read: Eat Your Way To Beautiful Skin.