As you all all know, I’ve been on a campaign to improve my sundamaged skin for some months now. DIY skincare has made an enormous difference to the state of my skin, there’s no denying that (see before and after pics from October, as well as my current regime here). If I had all the money in the world I would still make my own skincare because I know it’s so much better than anything I can buy off the shelf.
However, it’s the underlying slackening of muscle that I also want to target now. I’ve had hooded lids for about ten years now, partially through genetics, but also because of sundamage. You can see in the pictures below that the left eye on my ‘driving’ side is much more damaged than the other.
So I thought I’d try facial exercises. If I’m being honest, it took me a while to be convinced to try them – if anything looks like quackery in the skincare world, this is it. However, they actually work. I’m stunned. And very, very happy.
Below is a picture I took about three weeks ago before I started facial exercises. You can see that my skin is in pretty good condition, but my lids are clearly hooded. Note that the left eye is more damaged due to prolonged sun exposure whilst driving:
And I took the photo below this morning. Whilst you can see that there are still some issues of hooding (particularly on the left) doing these facial exercises has really lessened the hooding on both eyes.
The photo below was taken about six months ago, but it’s the only photo I could find where I was smiling at the camera, and there’s a very good reason for that. As a result of all the sundamage I’ve collected on the ‘driving side’ of my face, when I smile, my left eye scrunches up much more than the other. In fact, the whole left side of my face srunches up more than the right when I smile, but I’ll spare you the photographic evidence of that.
Below is a photo I took this morning where I tried to replicate the pose and smile at the camera. You can see that even though I’m smiling in both photos, my left eye is much less ‘scrunched’ in the photo below because of the underlying muscle strength I’ve gained through facial exercises.
The photo below was taken about two months ago I think. Here is another closeup of my most damaged side, and the left eye with the most hooding…
…and here is a (rather blurry) picture I took this morning. You can see that the lid has been drawn upwards, even though there’s still some work to be done.
So what exercise did I do? This one from Cynthia Rowland’s Beauty Systems. It looks like the most outdated stuff in the world, but as you can see from the photographs above, this exericise actually works. I’ve been doing it morning and evening as part of my cleansing routine, but you could probably do it once a day and still see results.
I’ve also been doing this exercise to firm cheeks and my nasolabial fold, and I’ve noticed a huge difference there too! Tanaka massage has helped to smooth and lift my lower face, but I think strengthening the area has also helped with wrinkling when I smile, and has helped to banish those dreaded nasolabial folds. The only reason you’re not seeing before and after photos here is because I haven’t got time to arrange them all, but I might do a separate post on my battle with nasiolabial folds in a few weeks. Suffice it to say, the exercises in the video linked above look ridiculous, but they really work.
I’ve only started with a few facial exericses three weeks ago, but I’m keen to try more. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on.