With time and gravity, your eyes appear less youthful and vibrant. Crow's feet form, dark circles develop, eyelids droop and under eye hollows appear. You can opt for invasive orbital rim implants or purchase a number of costly products claiming to reduce these issues. Facial exercises, however, offer a free and easy method to achieve similar results.
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With age, a loss of volume in your cheeks may lead to hollows under your eyes. To tone and lift all the muscles around your eyes, M.J. Saffon, beauty expert and author of "The 15 Minute a Day Natural Face Lift," recommends the hollow reducer exercise. Apply a generous amount of moisturizing lotion to your hands and face before any facial exercise. Place the balls of your hands over your cheek bones with your fingertips resting lightly against the sides of your forehead. Use a smooth, lifting motion to massage your forehead while the balls of your hands gently move the skin on your upper cheeks. Perform the exercise for approximately 2 minutes.
Temple Dancer Eyes
According to Annelise Hagen, New York City-based yoga instructor and author of "The Yoga Face," the temple dancer eye movements exercise the ring muscles of your eyes, helping to prevent sagging, without damaging the tissue around your eyes. Simply hold your head erect and still, and dart your eyes from side to center to side. Repeat the movement five times. Then, with your eyes closed, look down toward your nose.
The eye squeeze exercise tones the entire eye area, with special emphasis on the upper and lower eyelids, as well as the hollows beneath the lower lids. The exercise is part of Deborah Crowley's facial exercise routine which she features in her book "Flex Effect Facial Resistance Training." Place a fingertip on each of your shut eyelids. This will help you with concentration. Tightly squeeze your eyes closed while counting to five. Quickly pop open your eyes, then count to five while darting your gaze quickly from left to center to right and back again. Perform 10 repetitions.
Deborah Crowley also suggests the lid lift exercise to build, strengthen and firm the region beneath the lower eyelids. She claims that it also improves circulation, helping you to appear years younger. Use the three middle fingers of your hands to pull down your lower eyelids. At the same time, try to shut close your upper eyelids. Maintain that position for three seconds. Repeat the movements 10 times, five days a week, for best results.
- "The Yoga Face"; Annelise Hagen; 2007
- "The 15 Minute a Day Natural Face Lift"; M.J. Saffon; 1981
- "Flex Effect Facial Resistance Training"; Deborah Crowley; 2004
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