Eye Lid Sagging Exercises
Drooping eyelids make us appear older than we are, but there are ways to give a natural lift to the eyelids, provided you're willing to give the process a little time (about three to four weeks) and effort. Sagging eyelid exercises that help create firmer, tighter eyelids can be achieved through daily exercise, enabling you to avoid expensive cosmetic surgical procedures. Upper lids can look refreshed and rejuvenated, and reduction of puffiness around the lower eyelids will take years off your appearance.
Sit or stand in a comfortable position and look in front of you. If you wish, you can look into a mirror doing this exercise. Place a slightly curved index finger just under each of your eyebrows. Slightly lift the eyebrow upward and against the bones of your upper eye socket. Now, slowly lower your upper eyelid for a count of four or five until your eye is closed. Count to six and then slowly open. Perform this exercise two to three more times.
Strengthen and Tone
Eyelids contain muscle tissue, which must be strengthened and toned just like any other muscle in the body. A good exercise to do this is to place several fingers of each hand on each temple, slightly pulling the eyes toward the ears - slightly only, no extreme moves. Now, open and close the eyes in a rapid movement, five to ten times. This will help tighten the skin on the outside of the eye. As the muscle tissues get stronger and start to thicken, the eyelids will appear less droopy.
Sit straight but in a comfortable position. This exercise is a good all-around eye exercise that focuses on the muscles of the upper eyelid, where thin tissues droop with age and gravity. Try this exercise about five times to start, gradually increasing to about ten a day. Look straight ahead, eyes open. Lift your eyebrows while at the same time closing the eyelids about halfway. Pause, then lift the eyelids, engaging the muscles of the eyelids and underneath the eyebrow. You should be able to see the whites of your eyes on top of your pupil during the second phase of this exercise, so you should perform this using a mirror until you become accustomed to the movement.
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