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Facial Exercises to Prevent Wrinkles

Getting wrinkles is an inevitable part of aging, but proper care can help stave them off. Although members of the American Academy of Dermatology view facial exercises for preventing wrinkles with skepticism, author Annelise Hagen recommends these exercises in her book "The Yoga Face." While the jury's still out on their effectiveness, facial exercises to prevent wrinkles, combined with proper nutrition, diligent use of sunscreen and avoidance of cigarettes, might work for you.

Lips

Pucker your lips as if you were going to blow a kiss, keeping the rest of your face neutral. Hold for five seconds and repeat three times.

Press your index and middle finger against your lips and repeat step 1, applying resistance with your fingers.

Smile broadly with your lips closed, maintaining a neutral upper face. Hold for five seconds. Repeat three to four times.

Eyes and Forehead

Open your eyes wide as if you were surprised. You will feel your forehead lift toward your hairline. Hold for five seconds. Repeat three to four times.

Close your eyes and cross them behind your eyelids as if looking at your nose, i.e., look inward toward your nose. Squint your eyelids, keeping them closed. Hold for five seconds. Repeat three to four times.

Blink your eyes a few times, close your eyes again and relax your face for a moment to relax after the exercises.

Cheeks

Clench your teeth and open your lips wide. Hook your index fingers into the edges of your mouth and pull your cheeks back.

Pull the corners of your mouth upward with your fingers and resist by using your facial muscles to pull the corners of your mouth downward. Hold for five seconds. Repeat three to four times.

Close your lips and puff out your cheeks as much as you can. Hold for five seconds. Repeat three to four times.

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About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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