A facelift can restore your skin's youthful appearance, but it's not cheap -- plus, it takes time to recover after going under the knife. If you'd rather pass on surgery, you can do a few facial exercises to keep your skin looking toned. These exercises, also called face yoga, may help ease fine lines and tighten sagging skin.
The Effectiveness of Facial Exercises
Proponents of facial exercises say the workouts make their skin look younger, but there is no evidence such exercises offer anti-aging benefits. According to Dr. Francis Papay of the Cleveland Clinic, exercises that work the neck muscles might tighten up the skin in that area and along the jaw. He also suggests that heavily used face muscles can actually cause wrinkles, not get rid of them. Other experts, such as clinical assistant professor of dermatology Dr. Patricia Farris, say that the exercises may not have any effect at all.
Eye and Cheek Exercises
If you have baggy, puffy eyes, crow's feet or droopy eyelids, do an exercise called "The V." Place one index finger at the outer corner of each eyebrow, then place your middle fingers at the inner corner of your eyebrows to form a "V" shape. Move your eyes up so you're looking at the ceiling, then squint for a few seconds. Repeat six times and then squeeze your eyes shut for 10 seconds to finish. If you're concerned about sagging cheeks, make an "O" shape with your mouth so your lips cover your teeth. Smile while holding this position and then relax your mouth. Repeat six times.