You can banish tiny, diagonal and horizontal wrinkles around the eyes, or crow's feet, with regular facial exercises. As your skin ages, it loses collagen and the ability to retain moisture -- both important ingredients for keeping skin elastic. People unwilling to take drastic measures, like undergoing cosmetic surgery, can use specific facial exercises to reverse the appearance of some of those fine lines. By toning the 44 muscles in your face, you can get the appearance of younger-looking skin. If you choose this wrinkle-reducing method, be patient; it may take six months to one year to see results.
Position your thumbs at the outside of each eye. Your palms should face up with your fingers resting on your head. Close your eyes tightly while simultaneously pulling your skin back towards your ears, just over the crow's feet. Hold the skin taut for five seconds. Release the skin and repeat this exercise ten times daily.
Open your eyes as wide as possible. Focus on something across the room. Hold the expression for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise four times a day to reduce lines above your brows and at the outside of your eyes.
Clamp your mouth closed, sealing your lips tightly. Focus the tension on your upper lip. Smile widely, forcing the upper lip back towards the earlobes. Hold the smile for 5 to 10 seconds, then repeat in sets of four. Consult a mirror for guidance if you have difficulty with this exercise.
- You should apply a moisturizing eye cream regularly to keep the skin hydrated.
- Do not do facial exercises every day. Allow your skin time to rest for 24 to 72 hours between each exercise session.
Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.