Ever notice how women with nice big apple cheeks seem to look younger? And by contrast how a saggy, chicken neck can make the youngest woman look ten years her senior? Well, think about it. Doesn’t it make sense that if you tone the muscles of your face, those very muscles will help to hold up sagging skin?
Years ago, a friend convinced me to take a class on facial exercises through community education here in my hometown. How she convinced me, I don’t remember because I’m not normally the type of person to get all tied up over appearances. But, I’ll tell you, I’m glad I went. The program was called Saving Face and was taught by a woman who looked at least 10 years younger than her age. I’ve practiced a couple of those exercises off and on over the years and I think it’s made a difference. I mean, come on, how wrong could Cary Grant have been, right?
Serious, though, I still do 2 different facial exercises on a fairly regular basis. And I will now attempt to describe them, since I could find no decent on-line site that showcased examples. Lift your lower lip and bottom teeth up and over your upper lip. Tip back your head and smile upward, with your cheeks dipping up toward your eyes. Hold for a count of 6. Release for a count of three and repeat ten times.
The second on starts the same way. Lower lip up and over your upper lip, tip your head back and now smile as wide as you can toward your ears. Hold for a count of 6. Release for a count of three and repeat ten times.
There. Now you know what I know, Leanne, baby!
Can you believe I’ve been fooling all of you all these years, and I’m actually 74?
Hehehe. Yeah, right.
But wait! Now there’s FACE YOGA, too! Yippee, skippee! Here’s a Youtube video to demonstrate and if you watch it without laughing, you’re a better chick than me!
I dare you to try a few of these and report back. Easy? Hard? Can you feel the muscles in your face working or is it all a bunch of hooey?
And in case you missed all the buss here and elsewhere … SEAL of My Dreams celebrates its release day tomorrow, Friday 11-11-11, Veteran’s Day, and I was so fortunate to be invited to be a part of this amazing project. My first ever short story, GOING DARK, is included. So join the fun, buy the book and give to the Veterans Research Corporation!