By Lynda Wallas

Facial exercise & massage techniques to prevent wrinkles

It’s a common theme among The Me in Menopause followers, and undoubtedly for all mid-life ladies…. ‘How can I prevent wrinkles’. I’ve given you some little clues before; the best of these being swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk one, and start using a vitamin C serum in the mornings, combined with  a vitamin A serum at night. But you’re going to be thrilled to discover that you can also exercise and massage your facial muscles to a tighter version of their current selves!

A face lift without surgery…. simple, no cost, daily or weekly maintenance routines that you can do yourself in the privacy of your own bathroom. Sounds like something I would most certainly be prepared to give time to. It makes sense that our facial muscles need exercising just the same as the rest of our muscles. It’s ‘use it or lose it’ isn’t it, and losing it means a face that sags southward, giving you under eye bags, nasolabial folds, droopy jowls.

I dislike my downward turned mouth, I’ve noticed it becoming more pronounced over the last couple of years. It makes me look sad when I’m not. It’s hereditary, but all the same, there’s always something non-drastic you can choose to do to reduce the speed of on-set, right. I’m afraid of botox; of looking worse instead of better. I’m afraid of putting my faith in someone else’s administering of something unnatural that is supposed to make me look natural! I mean, do any of those ‘real housewives’ look natural?? It gets difficult to tell them apart. I don’t think that will ever be the new natural!

Could you add a few facial exercises or a facial massage to your morning routine?
Would you like to know that you are doing something practical towards saving your face…. warding off deep lines and wrinkles for as long as possible? Not only that but a facial massage will give you a natural glow too, getting the blood circulating and putting the colour in your cheeks before you’ve even picked up the blusher brush.

Facial yoga can firm and tone muscles by making them stronger, hereby retaining the structure of your face. A facial massage is also great for headaches and eye strain, and generally gives you that ‘awake’ feeling in the morning.

I do a 10-15 minute body stretch sequence in the mornings before going to work, and for quite some years that has included face and neck exercises. My neck holds my stress and if it’s really tight then it flows up into my jaw and temples. I don’t feel right if I forget to do this in the morning.
Now I’m also beginning to include a facial massage at night, using organic rose hip oil, giving my face the best opportunity for ‘staying put’.

These are only small things to add to your weekly routines but I really do think they often make the real differences in mid-life. It’s nice to know you are doing some maintenance yourself – simply, cheaply and without the chance of harm.

Watch these videos for instructions on how to perform facial exercises
If you are ready to check out the exercises that can help lift, tighten, even slim your face then click on the links below and find one or more that suits you:

More facial firming techniques – masks and massage

Here’s a cucumber and egg white face mask that will firm mouth wrinkles and lift the corners of your mouth naturally. I am soooooo starting this today.

Smooth out eye wrinkles… here’s a beautiful video that tells you what is happening to your face as it ages and demos an easy massage to combat the droop.

Facial massage for minimising nasolabial folds and laugh wrinkles… a lifting and slimming cream for the face…. and some magic ingredients for hiding lines and for plumping skin.

Enjoy your self maintenance.

Lynda Wallas
Lynda Wallas
About me

I’ve always been interested in health and fitness…. which turned out to be a good thing when fertility treatment in my 30s took a toll on my health, leading to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and early onset menopause. More about Lynda...

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