While some factors of getting older are welcomed with open arms such as age-acquired wisdom and amazing memories, others like the changing appearance of our skin can sometimes make us feel a bit self-conscious. The most obvious changes are small fine lines start to appear and our frowns sometimes appear permanent. Our faces really are a clear reflection of what we have been through. They show the highs and lows of life not to mention the stress, tiredness, inevitable sun damage, and a host of others.
While many would say that these life experiences add character, some of these changes may be due to a loss of facial tone and elasticity that is visible prematurely. The result can be that the jaw and neckline lose definition and can appear to sag. As we age, our skin becomes less resilient to gravity in general. Wrinkles that occur with smiling and frowning increase.
The good news is there are many things we can do to slow down the natural aging clock and Oxygen Australia has gathered together some of the available options so you can decide which ones may or may not suit your personal circumstances.
Did you know that just like your body, your face contains a bunch of muscles? 57 to be exact – and most of these we never use. You target your glutes, triceps, and shoulders as you exercise, however by ignoring the muscles in your face, you’re not doing yourself any favors! Creator of Facial Fitness Eva Fraser has devised a method of exercising the facial muscles. She believes the way to reduce the signs of aging is through constant exercise.“Ageing is not merely a skin problem. The skin is attached to the facial muscles, so when the muscles droop and sag, the skin attached comes down with them,” says Eva.
“The only answer is to work these muscles in a structured way. When you work on these muscles, the cheeks become plumper again, the nose to mouth lines lessen, or even disappear.”
The facial muscles are a complex series. While most of us barely know they are there, these are potentially as strong as the muscles in our legs and arms. Though results are not instant, within a few months of frequent practice, facial workouts can show some serious results to slow down the aging clock Eva says.
2. Facial masks
Facial masks can be a great way to feel lifted, refreshed and young. While there are thousands of face masks you can buy in-store, there are more benefits to be reaped from DIY recipes
“Most face care products are pretty generic,” she says. “When you DIY, it’s just a lot more personalised and fitted to your special skin needs.”
DIY recipes use everyday ingredients which you probably already have in your kitchen such as the Youth-Boosting, Glow-Restoring Face Mask. Containing organic milk, yeast, honey, vanilla and rice flour, the ingredients draw moisture to the skin and lock it in. This stimulates wound healing and provide a glow to brighten a dull dermis.
Egg white, honey, banana or avocado are also popular ingredients. They may seem to be better for eating than covering your face. Skin experts say they can help to rejuvenate your skin, making it feel tighter, brighter and more youthful though.