A frequently asked question, “How often should I practice face gymnastics?” The answer is quite difficult to formulate, since it is different for each person. The ideal frequency depends on age, facial structure, lifestyle (exposure to the sun, use of creams, smoking, etc.), genetic background and hormonal function. Indeed, all these factors will have an influence on the condition of the “muscle mass” of the face. To find out about your specific requirements for face gymnastics, the best way is to assess the condition of your muscle mass.
The Gravity Test
To do this, I always propose to carry out the “gravity test”, which is very easy to perform. This test will tell you a lot about the condition of the muscles of your face. To perform this test, place a mirror flat on a table. Then tilt the head 90 degrees so that your face is parallel to the mirror, and observe yourself in that position.
- If the whole face seems to slide down, it’s time to indulge in all the facial exercises.
- If sagging occurs only at certain specific places, such as the cheeks or the underside of the eyes, the complete program is not necessary. Instead, focus on exercises that target problem areas.
Although age is not the most accurate criterion for determining exercise frequency, it can help you validate the gravity test. Here are the three main scenarios according to age:
Before age 40, only certain parts of the face normally cause problems. This may be, for example, the eye area with premature appearance of slight crow’s feet or wrinkles between the eyebrows.
In this case, the objective of the program will be to target the failing parties by practicing the exercises intended for them.
Around 40 years, the general muscle tone often begins to fail.
The exercises should target all the relaxed areas through more regular practice.
At the age of 45 or at the first signs of menopause, tissue aging accelerates.
More global work, more sustained and more assiduous will then be necessary to restore muscle fiber lost tone and maintain their good condition.
The frequency of practice of face gymnastics is not an exact science. Factors influencing muscle status will also help determine the degree of receptivity to the exercises. Some faces will sport the benefits of facial gymnastics in a few days, while others will take longer to react. Take the time to evaluate your profile and see the effects of gymnastics on your face; Do not hesitate to adapt your practice to your situation and your expectations. Practicing exercises can cause aches, but if you feel pain that is difficult to tolerate during or after your sessions, do not hesitate to interrupt your practice and space your sessions.
Before beginning the exercises, it is important to settle down properly. The right position is the one in which you feel best to do the exercises. This may be standing, sitting or even lying down, provided the head is in line with the neck. You can also, to better visualize the area of the face that works, put you in front of a mirror.
At first, it is best to do the exercises 10 times in a row. By doing this, you will be able to learn to feel the muscle work in a repetitive way. It will also be an opportunity to familiarize yourself with each exercise. This first phase is essential, because it gives back to your muscles their lost tone.
In a second step, when you master the technique, you will not have to count the number of repetitions. You can just do the exercises until you feel the muscle “heat up”, that is, until it produces heat while working. This is what you will measure the effectiveness of the exercise. You will probably no longer need the mirror and will be able to do the exercises anywhere, even in your car during a long drive.
For some exercises and whatever your level of experience, do not hesitate to use the pulp of your fingers to make the movements. In some cases, pressing the area in action will prevent the skin from wrinkling and limit the appearance of the wrinkle. In other cases, your fingers will help you feel the muscles that work subtly under the skin. In both situations, rest assured: the fingers will not prevent the proper execution of the exercise. However, remember that it is always the contraction of the muscles of the face, not the action of the fingers, which must be at the origin of the movements that you perform.
Depending on the condition of your muscles, you can expect to feel and see the effect of facial exercises on the appearance of your face. Faces with pronounced bone structure and those whose muscles are not relaxed in depth will react more strongly to muscular work and will show faster changes. Some people may even feel real muscle cramps.
If you feel pain too intense or sensations difficult, I suggest you pause your program and space sessions. If you experience muscle tension similar to cramps but do not persist, do not worry. These signs indicate that the muscles have come back into tension. In fact, you may feel slight muscle soreness in the days following your first sessions. Your program is paying off!