Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Serum Review

Does it Target Deep Wrinkles or Just Deep Pocketbooks?

The search for the best wrinkle cream on the planet continues, and Neutrogena’s throwing their name in the hat with their Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Serum, but is it worth it?

Throughout the following paragraphs we’re going to take a look at what’s in it and see what other users are saying about it in order to determine whether or not it’s actually worth your time and money.

Preliminary whispers are good, but let’s take a closer look.

What Do They Claim?

Neutrogena makes some pretty big claims here. They say that the product is made with a multi-vitamin complex that reveals healthier-looking, vibrant skin that’s noticeable in as little as 2 weeks. It’s also non-comedogenic and has been tested by dermatologists.

Supposedly, it also helps to neutralize free radicals and deliver visible results that include reduced appearance of wrinkles around your mouth and eyes. Hmm. Let’s take a look at what’s in it to see if it’s got the ingredients to back up the claims.

What’s In It?

At first glance, the ingredients list is pretty impressive. The first few ingredients are, of course, stabilizers and base products. Then you get into the good stuff. The first ingredient that I checked out was bisobolol. I’d never heard of it but upon further research it turns out that it’s an essential oil of chamomile that’s known to have anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties.

There’s also retinol, which we all know is a known wrinkle fighter. Next comes squalane, the ingredient popular for its ability to moisturize and soften skin without making it feel greasy.There’s also oat kernel extract and coconut oil extract, both of which are often used to moisturize skin.

If you continue to read the ingredients list for Neutrogena’s Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Serum, you’ll see that the antioxidants come next, in spades. There’s vitamin E, BHT, and Erythorbic Acid, just to name a few. All are known to work well to minimize and reduce the damage done by sun, environmental pollutants.

What Are Users Saying?

Almost without exception, users love this product. Even women with deep wrinkles are seeing improvement and everybody is reporting improved texture and tone. It’s easy to use and sits well under makeup if you give it a few minutes to absorb into your skin.

Other comments include that it’s not greasy, it clears up acne, and it helps reduce laugh lines. Several users also report that it works well on the “11’s” between your eyes. What I really like is that the reviews on the website seem legitimate. The women are reporting significant improvement but not miracles. That’s a good sign because I’m skeptical when the reviews claim perfection.

Final Word

According to user reviews and the ingredients, this product can back up its claims. Depending upon your needs, it can help you reduce the appearance of wrinkles, get rid of acne, and soften your skin without breaking you out. In short, it’s one of the few wrinkle serums that actually walk the walk. Oh, and did I mention that it’s not full of sulfates or other nasties? If you’d like to try it for yourself, click here to find the best deals on Neutrogena’s Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Serum.

If you’ve used this product, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below!


How to Age Gracefully Throughout Your Life

A Decade-By-Decade Approach to Looking Younger

One of the biggest follies of youth is the belief in personal immortality. Nothing can touch us and nothing can hurt us.

We live life as we want: worshipping the sun, staying up late, drinking, partying, smoking, and basically abusing our bodies from the inside out.

Unfortunately, by the time that we realize the damage that we’re doing, much of it is already done, and we’re left to clean up the mess that we made of ourselves!

Not to worry though – if you’re here to find out what you can do now that you’ve grown up a bit, much of it’s fixable. However, if you’re reading this and you’re still in your 20’s or 30’s, FABULOUS! If you start being a teensy bit responsible now, you’ll look young for decades to come!

We’re going to break down your beauty routine by decade so that you can maintain a youthful appearance throughout your life.

When You’re In Your 20’s

In many ways, your 20’s are the hardest years for your body physically. In addition to environmental toxins and free radicals that will take their toll throughout your life, you’re also abusing yourself in ways that won’t show up for a few decades.

You’re tanning, probably drinking, smoking, and partying it up, losing sleep, stressing about school and money, and having babies. Some symptoms that you may notice immediately include puffiness and dark circles around your eyes, dull skin, and a general feeling of lethargy. Those are sure signs that your body’s taking a beating.

Your 20’s really take a toll on your body that shows up later in life in the form of sun damage and wrinkles, so you need to counteract some of that damage if you can.

Use sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection in it to protect you from sun damage. Anthelios is awesome! Also, eat plenty of fresh, dark or brightly-colored vegetables in order to get antioxidants that can destroy free radicals before they destroy you. Exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. Quit smoking now before you form an addiction that will next to impossible to break later in life!

When You’re in Your 30’s

Unless you have amazing genetics or have taken exceptionally good care of yourself, you’re probably going to start noticing a few gray hairs and fine lines as you progress through your 30’s. You’re transitioning out of young adulthood and are probably acting a bit more maturely. You’re probably not partying as much, but kids and your career may keep you from taking care of yourself as well as you should.

Don’t use life as an excuse for letting yourself go! You still need to be eating plenty of antioxidant-rich foods, exercising, and sleeping enough. You also need to start exfoliating well because your body is going to slow down production of elastin and collagen and your skin regenerates slower, too.

All of these are reasons to exfoliate regularly to keep old cells sloughed off so that new ones can surface. Plus we already know that exfoliating stimulates collagen production, which will help you avoid a saggy, wrinkled face.

Your 30’s are also the years when you should start aggressively fighting wrinkles. Use of retinols, peptides, and collagen/elastin stimulants should start toward the middle of your 30’s so that you can get a handle on wrinkles before they get ahead of you.

When You’re In Your 40’s

Now you’re probably going to start to notice serious changes, and none of them are for the good! Your skin is going to start thinning and you’re still producing less collagen and elastin. You’re also producing fewer hormones so you may start to notice “granny hairs” on your chin, sagging cheeks, and dull skin.

Eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of rest is just as important as ever. Continue to exfoliate well and use your sunscreen, retinol and peptides. Consider adding products with hyaluronic acid that can help you retain moisture. Taking steps to increase collagen production is still important, and you may want to take a look at some of the facial exercises that we touch on in our article, Facial Exercises.

When You’re In Your 50’s and Beyond

This is a rough decade for your skin, your mind, and your body because that drop in hormone production that started in your 40’s is in full swing in your 50’s. Your skin’s going to be drier and your hair isn’t going to be as full and lustrous as it’s been up til now. Your skin will start thinning and the free radical damage from throughout your life is going to become more apparent in the form of dull skin, age spots, and wrinkles.

Continue to exfoliate, eat well, and use your anti-aging moisturizers and products. Also, consider adding products that are super-hydrating such as ceramides.

Getting older is a natural part of life, but there’s no reason that you have to look your age! If you take care of yourself and really focus on keeping your youthful appearance, there’s no reason why you can’t look a decade younger than you are throughout your entire life! Eat well, live well, and be well!

If you have anything that you’d like to add to our list, please feel free to tell us about it in the comments section below!


Is Your Daily Coffee Keeping You Young and Healthy?

It Opens Your Eyes, But Does Caffeine Protect Your Body?

If you’re a coffee drinker or a person who pays attention to what’s in her beauty creams, then you’ve probably heard the latest squawk about caffeine.

How much of the hype is true, though, and does it work topically as well as it works orally?

We’re going to take a look at some recent studies and decide whether caffeine is something you should add to your anti-aging routine, and if so, how you should be getting it.

What’s the Caffeine Buzz?

According to beauty magnates and bloggers in the know, caffeine works for your face in two ways – it acts as an anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and discoloration, and it also improves or eliminates dark circles and bags around your eyes. Tea bags have long been used to get rid of the puffy-eyed look but now there’s research to back it up.

Now there’s new longitudinal research by some of the heaviest hitters in the world of medicine (Mayo Clinic, National Cancer Institute, and Rutgers just to name a few) that suggest that drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee or four per day can really have some amazing effects on your health.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Large, longitudinal studies are definitively linking coffee consumption with a significant decrease in your odds of developing BCC. Even moderate consumption, 3 cups per month, can decrease your relative odds by as much as 17%. Studies are also showing that topical application of caffeine may reduce your risk as well.

Alzheimer’s

A study conducted by the University of South Florida and the University of Miami is strongly suggesting that moderate consumption of caffeine (3 cups per day) is linked to delayed onset of Alzheimer’s and may possibly reduce your risk of developing it at all.

The study was conducted on 124 adults between the ages of 65 and 88, some of whom already had mild cognitive impairment which is thought to be a precursor to Alzheimer’s. Those who went on to develop dementia over thenext few years had 51% lower caffeine levels than those who did not.

This research is preliminary but promising.

Maintaining MuscleStrength

Studies have shown that caffeine works well as a performance enhancer for muscles in their prime by helping them to produce more force. Sports scientists at Coventry University researched weather or not caffeine had the same effect on aging muscles and discovered that, though muscles do become weaker as we age, caffeine does still have a positive effect on performance.

Because many serious injuries in the elderly population occur due to falls and accidents related to poor muscle control, these findings are encouraging.

Longer Life Span

Yep, in addition to decreasing your risk of cancer and increasing your odds of staying sharp and strong, caffeine may just make you live longer, too. A 14-year study conducted by the National Cancer Institute indicates that men who drink at least 6 cups per day reduce their risk of dying across all causes of death (accept perhaps getting hit by a bus) by 12%.

Women who down 4-5 cups of coffee per day are even less likely to die, improving their odds by 15%. Even women who only have one cup a day showed a 5% decreased rate of mortality.

These studies were across all forms of death including stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease, accidents, and diabetes. So I guess I’ll take back the bus comment from earlier – apparently you’re going to be awake enough to see it coming!

Caffeine in Your Skin Care Products

Because many of these studies are showing that caffeine is effective topically as well as when taken orally, let’s talk about that for just a minute. Especially considering the fact that many face creams now include caffeine as a standard anti-inflammatory ingredient, perhaps you should consider making sure that caffeine is an ingredient in your day cream.

In addition to the aesthetic and cancer-preventing benefits already discussed, caffeine has also been linked to apoptosis (death) in cancer cells, and it’s been shown to actually repair damage caused by the sun. Like many of the studies that we’re talking about, these are preliminary but since there doesn’t seem to be any real side effect to adding it as a cosmetic ingredient, it seems to be a case of “it can’t hurt, but it may certainly help.”

Though the caffeine in coffee is proving to have some amazing health benefits, the flavored creamers that are popular aren’t so good for you, so if you’re drinking lots of coffee, try to limit your use of fat- and sugar-laden additives. Otherwise, you’re trading good for bad!

If you’d like to try a moisturizer with caffeine in it, Vivite’s Daily Firming Lotion is a good choice.

If you have anything else that you’d like to add about the health benefits of caffeine, please tell us about it in the comments section below.


Do Aspirin Masks Really Work to Cure Acne and Reduce Wrinkles?

Skin Deep Cure for Oily Skin and Acne or Drying, Flaky, Useless Mess?

There are a million beauty fads floating around out there at any given time that claim to be the next best thing in skin care and right now, the aspirin mask is one of the big ones.

The problem is that all of the hype sounds great regardless of how well the idea actually works, so how do you tell the difference?

Not always an easy question to answer but we here at Aging Arsenal try to separate the wheat from the chaff for you so that you don’t waste your time and money fighting the aging process with products that don’t work.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the aspirin mask to see if it’s worth your time, or whether you should just skip it.

What Are The Claims?

In theory, the aspirin mask does 5 things for your face:

  • Fights acne by cleaning your pores
  • Fades acne marks, discoloration, and redness
  • Decreases puffiness
  • Brightens and softens your skin by exfoliating with the BHA salicylic acid
  • Decreases fine lines and wrinkles

Wow, that sounds like a pretty hefty to-do list for just one product. Let’s take a look at the actual ingredient to see if it has what it takes to get all of that done.

What’s In It?

The traditional aspirin mask only has 2 ingredients: non-coated aspirin and water. The way that it’s made is by simply letting the aspirin dissolve in the water, and then applying to your face. Just let it dry, then rinse it off with either water or a baking soda/water paste. The idea behind the baking soda is that it neutralizes the acid in the aspirin.

Dr. Oz came up with the idea of adding lemon juice to the mask, thus adding the benefits of vitamin C as well. The top 2 reasons to do this would be to add acidic exfoliating power and better skin lightening properties.

Does It Work?

The assumption is that the salicylic acid in the aspirin works the exact same way that a salicylic acid (aka beta hydroxy acid) peel in a salon works.

Therein lies the biggest problem. Aspirin isn’t EXACTLY salicylic acid. It’s actually acetylsalicylic acid. Close, but not exactly the same chemical that’s used professionally. The main difference as far as we’re concerned, without getting too scientific, is that acetylsalicylic acid has bigger molecules that may not penetrate your skin as well as the salicylic acid does.

We’re not going to say that this particular homemade face mask recipe doesn’t have some effect, but aspirin isn’t going to work quite as well at getting rid of your acne as regular salicylic acid does. It’s going to help but it’s not going to work if you have severe acne. You may see improvement, though, and that’s something. Many people report that it works well for spot-treating a pimple, too.

Aspirin still has anti-inflammatory properties in it that work to decrease redness and alleviate irritation. Also, the course texture and the acetylsalicylic acid will work to exfoliate your skin so that it’s softer and brighter. The effects, however, are most likely going to be temporary so it’s great if you want your skin to look awesome for a party, an event, or a night out, but don’t expect to see long-term results.

Who Should Use Aspirin Masks And When?

If you have oily, acne prone skin, an aspirin mask once a week may be a good thing. It really can help temporarily with breakouts and will take the shine off of your face for that awesome event. Remember though that one of the things that makes your face produce oil is dehydration, so use this mask carefully or else you can make matters worse.

If you have dry or combination skin, but want the benefits of the aspirin mask, try adding the uncoated aspirin to honey or yogurt. Actually, you could use both to make a homemade face mask and really rev up the power because as far as I’m concerned, those are both facial mask superstars.

The honey would act as an antimicrobial and antibacterial that would work with the aspirin to kill bacteria that causes acne, and it’s also a humectant that helps your skin hold moisture. The yogurt has the alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) lactic acid which works as an exfoliant, so you’d be hitting it with double the cleansing power.

Final Word

Just like anything else, what works for one person isn’t going to work the same for another. If you’re sensitive to NSAID’s, don’t use an aspirin mask because the aspirin actually will absorb through your skin.

If you’re looking for a mask that’s going to get rid of your acne for good, or provide the exfoliating power or a chemical peel, you’re not going to get it by using an aspirin mask. If you just want to clear up some mild acne or brighten your skin up for a party or a night out, then I’d recommend trying it.

Because it’s so drying, don’t use an aspirin mask than once a week. Instead of using just aspirin and water, try combinations of lemon, honey, and yogurt. Experiment and you may just find the perfect homemade face mask recipe that you’ve been looking for.

Some people report having a tough time finding uncoated aspirin, so here’s a link to some that’s extremely affordable. Click here to find the best deals on uncoated aspirin.

If you’ve tried the aspirin mask, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section below!


Homemade Facial Mask Recipes That Help Oily Skin

Get Rid of Shine with These Easy Facial Mask Recipes

Finding facial products that work on oily skin without causing excess oil production or breakouts can be a real challenge.

We understand that and have taken some time to find the best homemade facial mask recipes for oily skin based on the proven effectiveness of their ingredients.

By the end of this article, you’re going to know how to make some really amazing homemade face scrubs and masks that really help keep the shine to a minimum. Because some people have sensitive skin, you may want to test a small patch of skin first if you’re not sure about an ingredient.

Ready to mix and smear your way to beautiful skin? Let’s get started!

Citrus and Honey Mask

The first homemade face mask recipe that I came across sounded really good to me because the ingredients are simple, readily available, and known to be effective. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Honey
  • Orange Peel
  • 1/2 Lemon or Lime

Coarsely grind the orange peel using a food processor or grater and juice the lemon or lime. Mix 1 tbsp or the peel with 1 tbsp of the lemon/lime juice and 1 tbsp honey. Stir them together well and smear onto your face, gently rubbing in circular motions. Rub it in for 1-3 minutes and then let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Rinse off well with luke-warm water

Rinse your skin well. The honey is a natural humectant (meaning it holds in moisture) as well as an antibacterial so it helps get rid of acne.

The lemon contains vitamin C, citric acid, and B vitamins and is a great source of antioxidants as well as being an exfoliant because of the acidity. Also, citrus fruits are commonly used to lighten age spots so that’s another bonus.

The orange peel offers many of the same banefits as the juice but has the added benefit of acting as a gentle abrasive exfoliant that helps slough off dead skin so that your complexion is bright instead of dull and listless.

Overall, this is an awesome homemade facial mask to use if your skin is tired-looking and oily. If you’re your skin is just moderately oily, use it once per week. If it’s extremely oily, use it twice.

Jojoba Yogurt Citrus Mask

This mask is great for exfoliating naturally, removing excess oil, and locking in moisture. According to herbalists, jojoba oil reduces sebum production by tricking your sebaceous glands into thinking that your skin has plenty of oil because jojoba is supposedly nearly identical to your natural oil. Thus your glands significantly reduce production.

This isn’t scientifically proven but it’s not been disproven either, and it’s a widely-used ingredient in some well-trusted products.

Here’s what you’ll need for this mask:

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt – acidic exfoliant, soothing agent, good consistency for a base
  • 3 drops tea tree oil – anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, great for killing bacteria that causes acne
  • 1 tsp instant or quick oatmeal – exfoliant, contains the natural cleanser saponins, soothing agent, anti-inflammatory
  • 1 tsp lemon juice – acidic exfoliant, antioxidant, skin lightener
  • 3 drops jojoba oil – moisturizer
  • 1 tsp honey – humectant, antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory

Combine all ingredients and let it set for 5 minutes so that the oatmeal begins to soften. You don’t want to use it with the oatmeal hard because you can damage your skin. Once the oatmeal is softened a bit, give it a stir and apply with your fingers onto your face. Use circular motions that stimulate your circulation while gently exfoliating. Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse in luke-warm water.

Because of the exfoliating properties of this mask, you may not want to use it everyday. Also, the tea tree oil can be drying, so you should only use this once or twice per week. If you’d like to make a mask that you can use on the other days, simply omit the oatmeal and tea tree oil. If your skin becomes dry, leave out the lemon juice, too.

If you don’t have any on hand, click here to find a good deal on tea tree oil. Click here to find pure jojoba oil.

Final Word

Controlling oily skin isn’t easy but if you follow a good diet, moisturize regularly (yes moisturizing – read our article on What Causes Excess Oil and Sebum Production to learn more – and keep your face clean and free of dead skin, you’re going to notice a significant improvement.

If you’ve used any of these homemade facial mask recipes for oily skin or have one that you’d like to share, feel free to tell us about it in the comments section below.


What Causes Excess Sebum and Oily Skin?

Learn How to Control Your Oily Skin and Reduce That Shine!

If your face is oily, chances are good that you’ve tried nearly everything in a bottle to kill the shine.

Did you know, though, that your oily skin may be easily fixable?

That’s right. There are a number of things that you can do to actually decrease the amount of oil that your skin produces, and some of them may surprise you!

By the end of this article, you’re going to know what causes your oily skin and what you can do to reduce oil production. We’ll also discuss some products that may help you control your oily skin.

What Causes Excess Oil?

Before we jump into methods that help decrease the amount of oil on your face, let’s talk about the root of the problem. Have you ever wondered why it is that the girl sitting next to you has a beautiful, matte complexion all day long but your mug could give the Exxon-Valdez slick a run for its money by noon?

Dyhydration

An oily complexion can actually be caused by a number of things but the main reason is dehydration. That’s right – your skin doesn’t have enough moisture so it’s making its own. Sounds backwards, I know, but it’s true.

The oil on your skin keeps you waterproof and moisturized. If you strip it off, your sebaceous glands work double time to produce more. Here are some things that you may be doing unwittingly to cause your skin to be overly oily:

  • Over-Exfoliating – You need to exfoliate in order to slough off dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new, healthy cells but if you do it more than once a week, or use a particularly harsh product, you could be doing more harm than good. Use a natural product that won’t tear your skin or clog your pores. Aveeno Naturals Positively ageless Daily Exfoliating Cleanser with Natural Shiitake Complex is a good choice.
  • Using Harsh Products – The desire to clean all of that oil off of your face so that you’re squeaky clean may seem logical but it’s not. Since we now know that your glands produce more when your skin’s dry, using harsh cleansers just makes your glands kick into overdrive.

    Any kind of sulfate (sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate) is going to strip all of the oils from your skin. That’s what it’s made for – industrial cleaning. Avoid products that have sulfates because your face will be an oil slick if you use them.

  • Skipping the Moisturizer – You may think that you don’t need a moisturizer if your skin is oily but that’s simply not the case. Just use one that doesn’t have an oi-based moisturizer in it. Stick with ingredients such as plain water and hyaluronic acid – both add moisture to your face and the hyaluronic acid helps trap moisture into your skin. Allentoin works, too, and naturalists insist that jojoba oil works wonders when it comes to reducing sebum production.

    Many skin care professionals recommend applying your moisturizer within 5 minutes of showering or washing your face so that you can lock that extra moisture into your skin. Since overexposure to the sun can also cause excess oil, I like to use a moisturizer with sunscreen. I have 2 that I really like – Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer and LaRoche Posay’s Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Mexoryl. It has an SPF 15 and also protects you from the UVA rays that cause real damage.

  • Using Too Much Powder – It may be practically irresistible to cover up your shine with a good puff of powder but again, you’re sucking the moisture right out of your skin. You’re also creating a cakey mess that’s going to settle into your fine lines and wrinkles and make you look older. Eww.

    Instead, use face blotters. They’ll gently absorb the oil without causing dehydration. Get the ones without powder and you’ll be doing your face a real favor. Clean & Clear’s Oil Absorbing Sheets are great.

Hormonal Imbalance

Another reason that your skin may be oily is because of hormonal imbalances. Too much testosterone can make your sebaceous glands overproductive. Doesn’t it just figure – one more lovely side effect of menopause. Aside from medication, there really isn’t much that you can do for the hormonal issue besides being proactive about your diet, moisturizing well and frequently, and taking good care of your skin in general.

Poor Diet

Eating properly effects every single bodily function and sebum production is no exception. You’ve probably heard that eating oily foods causes oily skin but in fact the opposite is true, at least in some cases. Good oils such as omega-3 oils actually have anti-inflammatory properties which is a good thing for your skin.

These can be found in oily fish such as salmon and swordfish as well as in vegetarian sources such as flaxseeds and walnuts. To learn more, check out our article on the Health Benefits of Omega 3’s. There’s a ton of good info there.

Sulfur is another mineral that reduces oil production and can be found in fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, cabbage, onions, and broccoli. In addition to being good for your skin, sulfur is also highly anti-carcinogenic so that’s a big bonus!

Your best bet is to eat foods high in sulfur and omega 3’s, avoid foods high in sugar and carbs because they increase sebum production, and eat frequently so that your sugar levels remain constant, another factor that can play a role in oil production. Just one more reason to eat healthy!

Omega 3 is actually effective in supplemental form too if you’re not a big fish or nut eater. Click here to find some really great Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements. Go for ones that are enterically coated because you won’t get that fishy repeat.

Final Word

Oily skin is difficult to deal with and can be unsightly and even socially embarrassing in the worst cases. If you follow some of these suggestions, you may just find that your sebaceous glands slow down a bit so that you’re not constantly facing an oil crisis on your face!

If you’d like to find some truly effective recipes specifically for oily skin, check out our article Homemade Facial Mask Recipes for Oily Skin.

If you’ve tried any of these methods or have found a good treatment for oily skin, please tell us about it in the comments section below.


Get a Natural Face Lift Using Easy Facial Exercises That Work

Stretch and Tone You Face Muscles to Look Younger Without Surgery!

If you’re considering getting a facelift but dread the prospect of going under the knife, maybe you should consider some alternatives.

Facelifts are pricey and require recovery time, you have to worry about infection, and the procedure can make your face look stretched and fake, but is it your only choice?

No, it isn’t. Part of the reason that you get wrinkles is because the muscles in your face start to sag. You can prevent this from happening, or at least slow it down, but regularly exercising them just like you do the rest of your muscles.

The facie exercise routine that we’re going to discuss in the following paragraphs is easy, takes only a few minutes, and will give you real results that can help you look younger and more refreshed. Combined with a great skincare routine, it may just be as good as a facelift for you.

A Little Bit About Your Face

You have more than 40 muscles in your face and as you age, gravity begins to take its toll. Your facial muscles begin to lose tone and sag which results in wrinkles, hollow areas, and saggy chops. Definitely not the look that you’re going for if you have any sense of pride in your appearance at all.

Aging gracefully sounds great but it’s a myth – I, at least, would rather look young than “distinguished” any day of the week. If you’re like me, then you should be doing these exercises religiously as part of your anti-aging routine.

As a matter of fact, do them in the morning while you’re getting ready for work or in the evening when you’re cleansing and moisturizing. Shoot, for that matter, check out our other facial exercise articles and do one routine in the morning and one at night!

Let’s get started.

Chewing

This is a great neck exercise and works your jaws as well. Tilt your head back, then open and close your mouth like you’re chewing. If you have TMJ this might feel weird to you if you’re doing it incorrectly. You shouldn’t be using your jaws – concentrate on using your neck muscles.

Straight-Mouthed Smile

This a neck exercise and face exercise as well as a cheek and mouth exercise. Pull the corners of your mouth back toward your ears sort of like you’re trying to smile hugely without raising the corners of your mouth. Try to use less of your mouth muscles and more of your facial muscles.

Downward Smile

Turn that smile upside down! Concentrate on pulling the corners of your mouth all the way to your chin. This works your chin muscles and keeps your mouth and lips nice and firm.

Chin Spring Press

Pretend for this face exercise that there’s a spring that goes from your chin to the base of your neck. You’re going to compress that spring and release it using your chin muscles. Pull down your chin as far toward your neck as you can and release.

Surprise!!

This exercise works your eye muscles so that you don’t get saggy lids. You’re also working your forehead muscles so that you can avoid those nasty 11’s and horizontal wrinkles that start to appear in your late 30’s and early 40’s. As a bonus, this face exercise helps reduce tension throughout your entire face, as well.

All that you need to do is look surprised. In the video, she just tells you to raise your eyebrows but if you really want to give your face a good stretch, lower your jaw as well so that you extend the stretch down into your lower face.

In Sequence Now!

Stand square in front of the mirror and look yourself in the eye. Breath in, breathe out. Turn your head to the left to stretch your neck and hold for 5 seconds. Face forward again then turn your head to the right and hold for 5 seconds. Keep your chin up and keep breathing while you’re doing the stretches.

Face forward again and breathe in. Exhale as you drop your chin to your chest for 5 seconds and inhale as you bring your head back up and tilt it back. Begin the chewing exercise and continue to breathe as you do 20 repetitions. Bring your head back to your natural, forward-facing position and do the straight-mouthed smile, then downward smile, performing each exercise 20 times.

Next, do your Chin Spring Press and finish up with your surprised look. As usual, do 20 of each. That’s all that you have to do to tone your facial muscles so that you can look younger longer. The entire routine takes less than 5 minutes and it really can help keep your face looking firm. What do you have to lose besides wrinkles and tension?

Final Word

To read more about natural facial exercises, read the book Five-Minute Face-Lift: A Daily Program for a Beautiful, Wrinkle-Free Face. To learn about area-specific face exercises, check out our articles Facial Exercises for Your Mouth and Facial Exercises for Your Eyes.

If you’re using this routine, or if you have face exercises that you really like, please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!


Facial Exercises for Your Mouth – How to Prevent and Decrease Lip Wrinkles

Use these Face Exercises to Keep Your Mouth Looking Young!

As you edge toward your late 30’s and early 40’s, you may start to notice fine lines around your lips that make you look older.

Smoking, sun damage, stress, and weight loss may make these lip lines occur even faster but if you exercise your mouth muscles, you can keep your lips looking smooth and young for much longer.

We’ve put together a few facial exercises that you can do with your morning or evening face routine or throughout the day that will help minimize those lip wrinkles so keep reading – fuller lips await!

The Marilyn

You can actually use your imagination with this one! Pretend that you’re Marilyn Monroe and that you’re blowing kisses to your adoring fans, or to that famous birthday boy that you sung to. The best part? While you’re pretending, you’re also making your lips fuller and minimizing the appearance of lip wrinkles. To add a little resistance, press your fingers to your lips and blow them away. This strengthens your lips and makes them look fuller.

The Mouthwash

This face exercise is easy. All that you do is fill your mouth up with air and swish it back and forth like you’re using mouthwash. Keep your lips firm as you do the exercise and you’ll be working pretty much your entire middle and lower face. Repeat 10 times per side. This is an exercise that trombone players do each time that they play, and they have strong cheeks and great facial structure.

The Letter “O”

If you want a really good pucker, this is the exercise for you. Simply inhale and make the letter “O” with your mouth. Then exhale while holding the shape and keeping your mouth muscles tightened. Repeat 10 times. This face exercise works all of the muscles around your lips so that you get more strength and pucker.

The Pout

This one’s easy! Simply stick your lower lip out as far as you can and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times. You’ll feel the pull through your lips, chin, and even your neck.

The Kissy Face

This one works every muscle around your mouth and even some of the ones in your cheeks. Simply pucker your lips together and push them out as far as you can. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.

I’m Shocked!

Pretend like you’re really surprised and open your mouth. Concentrate on pulling your lips into your mouth while it’s open. Tighten your muscles like that and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Final Word

You’ve probably noticed as you’ve been reading that these facial exercises make you look a little silly. For that reason, you may want to practice them at home while you’re doing your moisturizing routine, unless of course you WANT everybody at the office to think you’ve lost your mind! In that case, please don’t let us stop you.

For that matter, we’d love to see the video of it! Seriously though, do these mouth exercises 2-3 times per week and they will help you avoid lip wrinkles so that your mouth stays supple and young looking.

If you’re interested in learning about more techniques to keep your face toned, check out the book Facial Fitness: Daily Exercises & Massage Techniques for a Healthier, Younger Looking You. To learn about exercises for your entire face, check out our article A Natural Facelift Using Facial Exercises. If you’d like to focus just on your eye area, check out our article, Easy Face Exercises for Your Eyes.

If you’ve used these facial exercises or if you have others that you’d like to suggest, please share with us in the comments section below.


Easy Face Exercises For Your Eyes to Eliminate Crow’s Feet

Facial Exercises For Younger Eyes

Your face has dozens of muscles and as we discussed in our article on cheek exercises, each one of them needs to be worked so that they stay toned and your face stays firm and young looking.

By the end of this article, you’ll know some great toning and stretching exercises that you can do each day to avoid facial sag and wrinkles around your eyes.

Without further ado, let’s get started! With some of these exercises, you may find it useful to do one eye at a time while watching yourself in the mirror. Most people have a hard time isolating each muscle at first but then once you get the hang of it, you can do it anywhere.

Bottom Lid Wink

Press your index fingers to the muscles on the outer edge of each eye then push up slightly, lifting the muscle. Pretend like you’re going to wink or shut your eye, but only use your bottom lid. Repeat 20 times. This helps with crow’s feet.

Blinky Face

While you’re holding the muscles up from the last exercise, blink rapidly using both lids. You’ll feel the muscles being worked with this one! Repeat 20 times if you can. This eye exercise will help prevent crow’s feet and sagging upper eyelids.

Eye Roll

Close your eyes firmly but keep your lids smooth – don’t scrunch! Roll your eyes back and forth and up and down for 10 seconds. Next, repeat this eyelid exercise with your eyes open. This works your eyelids as well as your actual eye muscles.

Eyes Closed

To tone the area under your eyebrow, close your eyes again just like you did for the eye roll. Don’t squeeze them shut but firmly press them closed. Press upward gently on your eyebrows. Now pretend like you’re gluing your upper eyelid to your lower one, keeping your upper eyelid smooth. Keep pressing it down toward your lower lid for 10 seconds. You’ll feel the lactic acid burn. This keeps you from getting saggy upper eyelids.

Final Word

Do these exercises 2 or 3 times per week. The best time to do them is in the morning or evening when you’re doing the rest of you face routine – that way you don’t forget to do them. You’re learning to work muscles that aren’t used to being worked so you may actually get a little sore around your eyes the first few times that you do it. If you do, then you know that you really needed to start exercising!

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If you’ve tried any of these face exercises to get rid of eye wrinkles, tell us about your experience in the comments section below.


Top 4 Youth Restoring Exercises for Your Cheeks

Avoid and Reduce Wrinkles With Yoga-Style Face Exercises

Just like the rest of your body, one of the things that make your face look older is a sagging appearance.

Don’t worry though; regardless of what you may think, saggy cheeks aren’t completely unavoidable.

Just like with your body, if you want to avoid muscle sag and wrinkles, you need to exercise them so that they stay firm and toned. Don’t seem so surprised. What? You didn’t ever think of your face muscles as actual muscles?

Well they are, and today we’re going to learn how to keep those cute apples on your cheeks firm, smooth, and rosy!

Facial Muscles

Before we actually get into the exercises, let’s talk about the muscles that you’re going to be working. Your face has more than 40 muscles in it that you can control so though these exercises may seem simple and look a bit silly, you may want to do them in front of a mirror while you’re mastering them.

  • Zygomaticus Minor and Major are the major muscles in your cheekbones. They’re the ones that you work when you smile.

  • Buccinators are the muscles that start at the corners of your mouth and run up underneath your cheekbones. You use them when you smile, too.

  • Orbicularis Oculi is your eye muscle that runs around your eye. When you crinkle your eyes, you’re using this muscle.

  • Procurus is the muscle between your eyes.

  • Levator Labii are your eye-to-mouth muscles. You also use them when you smile.

Now let’s get down to the exercises! Do each of these 3 times. You can either do 3 sets together, or do the entire sequence and then repeat it 2 more times.

Satchmo

This one’s named after Louis Armstrong, the famous trumpet player. If you notice, horn players don’t have saggy cheeks because they’re constantly using those muscles.

Start by filling your mouth up with air then puff the air back and forth from the left side of your mouth to the right. Keep puffing back and forth until you run out of breath then exhale. This works your Zygomaticus muscles.

Bugs Bunny

This one works the area around your nasolabial folds, aka the marionette lines, and also helps with the area around your nose to keep the whole area from sagging. Pretend you’re a rabbit and lift your nose. To add a little resistance, push your fingers gently in the folds on either side of your nose and then work to move those cheek and nose muscles without raising your eyebrows.

Prom Queen

This one strikes me as hilarious and makes me giggle when I do it. Try to keep a straight face though because it really is a good way to work your eye muscles, your cheek muscles, and your mouth muscles.

Open your mouth a bit and pull your cheeks back in a giant, fake smile! C’mon now – show me those teeth! Concentrate on pulling your cheeks clear back to your ears and keep your eyes wide open. Go for the insane prom queen look. Hold it for 10 seconds and release. Then repeat 4 times before moving on to the next exercise.

Smiling Fish Face

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Make a fish face by sucking your cheeks in and pushing your lips out. Then smile. It looks pretty weird and sounds pretty ludicrous too but it works well to tone your entire face.

Final Word

Now that you have some ideas for good facial exercises, get to work! Those cheeks aren’t going to stay toned and perky by themselves. For a total face workout, check out our next article, Facial Exercises for Your Eyes.

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If you have a good exercise that you do to keep your cheeks toned and free of wrinkles, tell us about it in the comments section below.