Your face has approximately 43 muscles and it is a very complex grouping of muscles that are very responsive to our brain’s impulses, emotions and resulting facial expressions. Our facial expressions are a huge part of how we communicate with each other and you can generally see just from looking at someone how they are feeling. Are they a friendly, happy or surprised? Are they angry, sad or fearful? Your face has approximately 43 muscles and it is a very complex grouping of muscles that are very responsive to our brain’s impulses, emotions and resulting facial expressions. Our facial expressions are a huge part of how we communicate with each other and you can generally see just from looking at someone how they are feeling. Are they a friendly, happy or surprised? Are they angry, sad or fearful?
Some of our facial muscles may be overworked such as those that engage during times of intense focus, stress and worry. When this occurs you may eventually as you age see furrowing of the brow and creasing between the eyebrows even in a relaxed state. Sometimes this can give people the impression you are in a constant state of worry, fatigue or stress. Many people seek treatment from their dermatologist or plastic surgeon to alleviate these tell-tale signs of aging. The muscles that are the main culprits of these types of wrinkles are both the corrugator spercilii and the procerus muscles.
Botox treatment focuses in on relaxing these muscles and dermal fillers can help smooth out some of the skin creasing. This type of combined treatment has been found to be effective and results usually last 3 or more months.
There are natural techniques that you can do to prevent and slow the progression of these wrinkles:
1. Give your face muscles time to relax. The beauty of this technique is it costs nothing and you can do it anywhere. Try to give yourself a mental break, let your mind relax and focus your attention on these muscles and let them relax. Closing your eyes helps initially. You may find this especially beneficial after times of intense focus on your work or concentration. Once you start this routine you will start to notice how often you actually use these muscles and you can train yourself to relax them on an ongoing basis. This practice is also helpful for tension headaches and it can help lift fatigue.
2. Massaging the facial muscles of your brow, between and around your eyes, your mouth and jaw may also be of benefit. This is something you can do anywhere even with a short break (30 secs) at your desk throughout the day.
Massaging your face during your daily skin care regimen is also extremely important. You will increase circulation to your skin and facial muscles and it can help lift and firm the skin. This can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness. One technique might be to use a facial brush to cleanse the skin either with manual or an electric brush using circular movements.
A more focused technique would be to apply facial oil after cleansing and massage your face.
3. Just like any other muscles facial muscles may benefit from regular exercises that focus on toning and tightening.
Here are some ideas for a few you can try a couple of days per week.
Raise your eyebrows as if someone is lifting them as high as you can and hold them for a few seconds. Open your mouth wide, stick out your tongue, and hold for a few seconds.
Press your fingers down on your cheeks while smiling as hard as possible to give the muscle a little resistance and hold for a few seconds. Wiggle your nose side to side.
Stretch your mouth into an “O” shape and pull your muscles back into a big open smile. Remember how silly faces were such a wonderful part of childhood.
Maybe some of those silly faces would improve wrinkles and also bring some silly back into everyday life.