Can Exercises for Your Eyes Prevent Wrinkles and Tone Your Face?
While wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, there are steps you can take to slow down their appearance. Heredity plays a major role in the prevalence of wrinkles around the eyes and face, but preventive lifestyle measures such as staying out of the sun and not smoking can delay their progression. There also are exercises that help prevent deep wrinkles and tone the muscles in your face.
There are no exercises that can firm sagging, thin skin, but working on the muscles underneath and around the eyes tones the underlying muscles that hold up the skin and keep the area toned. The eye muscles need to move in various directions to remain toned. Isolate your eye muscles by placing two fingers on each side of your eyes and blinking rapidly, holding the muscles on the sides taut. Your eyes rarely get a chance to move when they're closed, so try sitting up straight and closing your eyes. Rotate your eyeballs up and down and from side to side while your eyes remain closed. Repeat 10 times in each rotation. Then open your eyes and repeat the movement with your eyelids open 10 times. Work the muscles in your eyelids by gently lifting your brows with two fingers and stretching your eyelids down as far as you can. Open and repeat 10 times.
Toned muscles in your cheeks and the sides of your face help you maintain a more youthful appearance because these muscles can help to lift the jowls and prevent sagging around the sides of the nose and mouth. One easy exercise is the sucking exercise. Put your index finger in your mouth and suck on it as hard as you can. Hold it for a count of five and slowly pull your finger out while continuing to suck. Repeat 10 times and you should feel a slight muscle burn on both sides of your face. Do this simple exercise once a day to tone your face. Another facial exercise for the cheeks requires you to purse your lips in a big pout and try to smile as big as you can while holding the pout for a count of 10. Increase the count until you can hold the position for 30 seconds once a day.
Exercises for the forehead can help prevent deep lines there and also improve the muscles around your eyes. To strengthen the forehead muscles, lightly hold your eyelids down with two fingertips on each lid. Raise your eyebrows as high as you can without engaging your eyes. Hold for a count of five and release. Repeat 10 times. Lightly massage your forehead after exercising the muscles to keep the blood flowing and promote healing. With your eyes closed, rub your left hand across your forehead from right to left. Repeat in the opposite direction with the other hand. A light massage five times in each direction also will help to flatten the skin after the exercises to avoid excessive creasing in the underlying skin.
Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."