Keep the face motionless to prevent lines, pat lightly around the eyes to avoid
damage. Oh please, If such out-dated thinking was true, I'd be carrying my face
around in a bag! The photo to the left shows 10 years of Facialbuilding. So, where's the
Science has never disputed
facial muscles' ability to build. The face has the same muscle fiber and connective
tissue as the rest of the body. So, what's the problem? Resistance training for the body
has been well established for years, but for some reason we just can't get past the
neck. Is the public still holding out for that miracle in a jar? You know ....
like thigh cream.
Deb at age 47
I began teaching facial
fitness in the late 1970's. At that time, facial isometrics was the only known
form of facial training with much of the public considering it risky at best. By
1978, I became interested in weightlifting. Not long after entering the gym, I
decided to step into competitive bodybuilding. This move called for a marked reduction in
body fat that consequently had an aging effect on my face. This was not an acceptable
trade-off. However, if I were to continue training to compete, increasing my weight would
not be an option.
Considering the fact
resistance training allows the body a lower percentage of fat without looking too thin, I
wondered what effect, if any, resistance training would have on my face. I must admit, I
was a little nervous at the thought of trying resistance training on my face but I
certainly wasn't happy with the way my face was beginning to look. With no plans to
give up the sport I decided it was worth a shot. So, I converted each facial
isometric exercise over to resistance… BINGO! I found the facial muscles' to
be every bit as responsive to resistance training as any other body part. The result of
this training was even better than I had hoped. The increase in muscle size created an
even greater lift. My face was still thin, but with the extra firmness, I no longer looked gaunt.
It became quite obvious to me
that *isometrics (toning exercises) only scratched the surface. We just weren't
taking it far enough. Most people will find after a certain age that tone is not
enough, especially when making up for the loss of fat in the subcutaneous
layer. For this reason alone you need an increase in muscle size.
Today, many studies are
documenting the effect of resistance training on the face. A study conducted by Eureka Physical Therapy
in Eureka, CA and myself, resulted in an average of 35% increase in facial muscle
strength over a two week period. At the Skin Study Center in Broomall, PA a similar study
(Facial Flex) showed a 250% increase in strength over an eight week period with a 32%
increase in skin elasticity.
Some might ask, what does facial muscle strength have to do with
lifting and firming the face? Ask yourself this; when you increase the strength of your
biceps, what other changes take place? Remember, resistance training
demands a muscle's full potential, an increase in size. Facial muscles' are
no exception. To think otherwise is just plain lazy thinking. Facialbuilding,
bodybuilding, the result is exactly the same.
Bodybuilding by itself does
not always guarantee a great looking body. Weightlifting alone builds muscle, (firming the
body) and is without doubt a tremendous benefit to the skin. However, depending on
the individual, sometimes healthy radiant skin may call for additional measures such as aerobics, diet,
supplements, and maybe even a few changes in life style.
The same principle applies to
Facialbuilding. I'm sorry to say, many facial fitness instructors would lead you to
believe otherwise. When you hear the words "You too, in just six weeks..." Don't
you believe it! Nothing in the realm of fitness is capable of this overnight
nonsense. Those of you who are willing to give Facialbuilding a try, approach it as you
would any other form of fitness keeping time and effort in mind, you will find
resistance training to be every bit as beneficial for the face as it is for the rest of
the body, no more, no less.
*The word Isometrics is
commonly used to describe the majority of today's facial exercise programs, even though
very little if any isometrics are actually taking place.
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