Facial Exercises for Aging Nose Cartilage
As we age, there are few parts of the human body not affected by gravity, and the nose is no exception. Babies and young children generally have noses that are indented with an upturned tip; however, by the time we reach adolescence, the nose will often have straightened. As we age, the tip of the nose begins to droop, which gives the impression that the nasal dorsum is bulging outwards. Facial exercises can help to give the nose a more youthful appearance.
The Nose Shortener
Carole Maggio, who developed the anti-aging "Facercise" program, recommends the following exercise to shorten an aging nose. Take your thumb and index finger, and pinch the bridge of your nose. Using the index finger of your other hand, push the tip of the nose up firmly. Simultaneously, move your lower lip downward as far as possible; hold the pose for a few seconds and relax. Repeat 40 times.
Place your middle fingers in the hollow area at the inner corners of your eyes. Place your ring fingers next to the middle fingers on the sides of the bridge of your nose. Wrinkle your nose to contract the muscle. Attempt to unwrinkle the nose by sliding your fingers down the side, while counting to six.
Keep your nose wrinkled throughout the exercise. Repeat 10 times. According to Deborah Crowley, creator of "The Flex Effect," this will help to fill out hollows around the eyes and on the sides of the nose.
The "nose flare" is an exercise designed to firm and smooth the nostrils. Place the middle fingers of each hand directly above the wings of the nose. Flare your nostrils and hold, while simultaneously moving your fingers down over the nose wings to a count of six. Repeat the process 10 times, according to "Flex Effect Facial Resistance Training."
The following exercise helps plump out hollows and eliminate lines that form on the bridge of the nose. Place your middle fingers on each side of the bridge of the nose. Place your ring fingers on the top of the nose bridge.
Apply a little pressure while moving the muscle upward. Hold while counting to five, and then return the muscle to a relaxed position in five small steps. When performed correctly, you will feel the skin tightening beneath your fingers. Repeat two more times, notes "Eva Fraser's Facial Workout."
Explore In Depth
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Deborah Green has been providing online content in the health and fitness industries since 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English language teaching from Sussex University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in health studies from The Open University.