by ROSALIND RYAN, femail.co.ukYou may go to the gym regularly to tone up your muscles, but are you neglecting the ones that most obviously affect your appearance?
Forgetting your facial muscles can lead to frown lines, drooping jaws and eye bags – far more noticeable than flabby thighs.
As we age, our face naturally slackens, but what if there was a way you could take 15 years off your face without resorting to surgery or treatments such as Botox? One woman claims she has the answer – facial fitness exercises.
Eva Fraser has taught thousands of men and women how to exercise their face and she knows her methods work – at 73 years old, she is frequently mistaken for somebody 20 years younger.
Eva’s fans include skin care guru Eve Lom, supermodel Caprice and a host of other celebrities that she is too discreet to reveal! But converts all claim the exercises really work, lifting sagging jowls and giving skin a healthy glow.
Eva only started practising the exercises herself after she turned 50 years old, but she says you do not have to wait until then to start doing them.
‘You don’t wait until you are 50 to start exercising your body, so why wait until then to start exercising your face?’ she says.
‘Facial exercises also take less work than exercises for your body. What can you do in five minutes in the gym? But five minutes on your face makes a real difference.’
The question on every potential convert’s lips is how long they should do the exercises for before seeing a difference?
According to Eva, everybody’s muscles are different and will work at different levels. Older muscles have had longer to stretch so they will take longer to get back into shape.
However, she believes you should see a real difference in less than a month. ‘If you are doing the exercises every day for about 10 minutes, your face will become stronger in four weeks. You can look up to 20 years younger in just six months,’ she says. (Article)
Botox can freeze your face, but it can’t freeze time. If the fountain of youth were easy to find, we’d all be wrinkle-free, mentally sharp, and as active as ever well into our golden years. The reality, however, is that short of discovering a time machine, most of us have no clue how to keep the aging process from hitting us hard.
The good news? There are plenty of virtually effortless ways to not only halt the aging process, but turn back time. We’ve rounded up the 50 easiest ways to Benjamin Button yourself — no expensive interventions necessary. (Article)
Forget expensive anti-aging creams, scientists have discovered that regular exercise may be the key to reversing the skin’s aging process.
Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario found that even with people they studied who started working out later in life, younger looking skin could be achieved.
‘I don’t want to over-hype the results, but, really, it was pretty remarkable to see,’ Dr Mark Tarnopolsky, who oversaw the study, tells The New York Times.
The study started out with mice, when scientists noticed that depriving the furry critters of their exercise wheels led them to quickly become weak, bald and sick. (Article)
Scientists hypothesize that supplements and lifestyle changes can improve mitochondrial health by increasing the availability of proteins needed for ATP production (AMPK activation, PCG-1a, NAD+, SIRT1/3). They also act as antioxidants, assisting the mitochondria in reducing oxidative stress .
Some of the following lifestyle changes and supplements may also increase the number of mitochondria present within the cell, according to limited evidence.
However, remember to speak to your doctor before taking dietary supplements or making any major changes to your lifestyle.
You may try the complementary strategies listed below if you and your doctor determine that they could be appropriate. None of these strategies should ever be done in place of what your doctor recommends or prescribes.
Additionally, supplements have not been approved by the FDA for medical use and generally lack solid clinical research. Regulations set manufacturing standards for supplements but don’t guarantee that they’re safe or effective. Speak with your doctor before supplementing. (Article)
Every year women spend millions of pounds on high-tech moisturisers, seduced by the promise that a miracle potion might hold back the years. But here’s the bad news: if you have a sweet tooth, you could be completely wasting your money.
As a dermatologist who specialises in ageing skin, I noticed that many of my patients who were seeking cosmetic procedures did not have the usual symptoms of sun damage, but their skin was still excessively wrinkled with a marked loss in elasticity. (Article)