Ever heard the saying, "You wear your emotions on your sleeve?" This one's a little misleading, considering the ugly truth! Women especially are prone to showing those stress lines, grooves, and signs of anxiety on their face, and while it may seem like there is nothing we can do to address the situation, we've discovered a couple tips to help you out! So ditch those miracle creams and elixirs, because we have compiled a list of the best exercises you can do to erase those signs of stress on your face!
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In most cases, copious amounts of stress take their toll on your body, and those extra-high levels of cortisol that are released when we experience too much anxiety can cause a variety of problems, including prematurely aged skin. In an effort to keep that cortisol under control, take a look at the following exercises you can do whenever you feel yourself getting overwhelmed.
Hit the trail: Exercise in general is a fantastic way to relieve stress, but working out outdoors has some hidden benefits for your skin. Studies have revealed that a natural environment will get you breathing deeper and relaxing more than the hectic environment of a gym, so pick out your favorite trail and hike it out the next time you feel yourself getting worked up!
Work that jaw line: If you constantly find your jaw locking up when you are under pressure, then it may be time to start performing jaw resistance exercises a couple times a day. Stretches like pressing your thumb firmly onto the bottom of your chin and slowly working to open your jaw for a total of 10 reps will help strengthen your muscles and relieve that added tension. You can also try pushing your jaw gently side-to-side with a cupped hand, or give yourself a quick massage while you are clenching your teeth. Repeat these exercises a couple times a day for the best results!
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Om it out: Meditation is one of the most highly recommended forms of relaxation for those of us who can't seem to get our stress levels under control. It encourages us to relax all of our muscles, especially in our face, and focus on the present moment rather than that list of chores we forgot on our kitchen counter. Even 15 to 20 minutes a day will help to smooth out those wrinkles and frown lines, so set a little time aside for yourself to indulge in your deeper senses.
Yoga for the face: Yoga studios and DVD workouts aren't the only places you can squeeze in some calming exercise! Research has shown that certain yoga stretches targeted at your face can actually help alleviate some of those problem spots:
- If you've discovered a spattering of not-so-attractive crow's feet, baggy pouches, or puffiness under your eyes, then yoga might be the cure for you! According to Marie Claire, experts recommend pressing both of your middle fingers together at the inner corners of your eyebrows. With your index fingers, apply gentle pressure to the outer corners of your eyebrows, look up at the ceiling, and raise the lower eyelids into a squint. Relax, and then repeat about six more times for the best results!
- For cheek lines and sagging skin, you can try hiding your teeth with your lips in an "O" shape with your mouth. While you hold this position, smile as wide as you can six times. Finally, hold that smile shape (you may want to do this one in the privacy of your own home) while you put an index finger on your chin. Begin moving your jaw up and down as you tilt your head back. Repeat three to four times for optimum results!
- If those wrinkles on your forehead are starting to get to you, then you can give this exercise a try. Place both hands on your brow facing inward and separate your fingers out between your eyebrows and hairline. Carefully pull your fingers out across your forehead, applying just enough pressure to tighten your skin. Relax your hands, and then repeat a total of 10 reps!
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Taking care of your skin is not just about the product you use. Actively engaging in these exercises will go a long way in keeping your skin looking healthy and young! For more information, check out our sources here: American Psychological Association, Prevention.com, Jillian Michaels: Live Well, Marie Claire.