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Eyelid Sagging Exercises

author image Kay Tang
Kay Tang is a journalist who has been writing since 1990. She previously covered developments in theater for the "Dramatists Guild Quarterly." Tang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Yale University and completed a Master of Professional Studies in interactive telecommunications at New York University.
Eyelid Sagging Exercises
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Your eyelids are part of a ring of muscle, or the orbicularis oculi, which encircles your eye. This muscle allows you to open and close your eyes. Your eyelids may start to droop due to various factors, which include aging, long-term lifestyle habits and heredity. Exercises can help to tone your eyelids, making your eyes appear larger and more youthful.

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Shrink Puffy Lids

Exercises in which you squint with your lower eyelids can help to decrease the hollows and puffiness beneath your eyes. For example, begin by sitting erect or lying supine. While putting your index fingers at the outer corners of your eyes, place your middle fingers on the inner corners of your eyes. As you apply gentle pressure with these fingers, direct your gaze to the ceiling and squint strongly with only your lower eyelids. Keep your upper eyelids wide open. Release the squint and then repeat the exercise 10 times.

Lower and Stretch

To strengthen your upper eyelids, begin by looking directly at your face in a mirror. Place your index fingers just under your eyebrows, keeping your fingers slightly curved. Hold your eyebrows against the ridge of bone above your eyes. Close your eyelids, stretching your upper lids down. Repeat this subtle movement five times and then squeeze your eyes shut for a count of six. Relax the contracted position of your eyelids on a count of three and then open your eyes. Perform the exercise two times daily, five days per week.

Do an Eyebrow Dance

You can perform an exercise that strengthens both the muscles in the forehead and eyelids and requires the coordination of movements between your eyebrows and eyelids. Begin by lifting your eyebrows and then close your eyes. While your eyebrows are lifted, close your eyes. Lower your eyebrows to finish one rep. Perform one set of 10 reps. When you close your eyelids, avoid squeezing or contorting your face. Focus on raising the outer part of each eyebrow.

Gently Lift

In the same way that a smile lifts the muscles around your lips, you can gently lift your eyelids. Begin by placing your forefingers at the outer corners of your eyes. Slowly and gently press your lower eyelids upward. The skin on the sides of and beneath your eyes will be raised up toward your nose. Hold the lifted position for at least six seconds and then release to return to starting position.

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