Benefits of Facial Exercises
What in the world are facial exercises good for? Does it help your face lose pudge? While facial exercises don’t necessarily help your face look less full if you’re overweight, they can tone specific areas.
Facial exercises are also used for strengthening your ability to move parts of your face, mouth and tongue. Some doctors recommend such exercises for people who cannot speak clearly or experience difficulty swallowing.
Face exercises are less about regular exercise to lose weight and more about perfecting the way you form words and create expressions. Things like puckering up or arching your eyebrows might become easier if you perform such routines.
Some patients need to perform these exercises as part of a rehabilitation routine. Some have experienced nerve damage, in which case facial exercise may be therapeutic. Other patients can improve lost facial muscular control using these exercises as well.
Any healthy person can try these exercises. However, if your face has undergone any sort of treatment or trauma, it’s a good idea to ask your doctor before doing them on your own.
Pronouncing certain vowels and consonants while moving your mouth to follow their shape can help you speak more clearly. Use these facial exercises to help improve speech.
- Soft consonant practice: Practice your Beats Per Minute, or B’s, P’s and M’s. Start by puckering your lips to form a small, round hole. Press your lips together and say “M” with just your voice. Move your lips to say “Puh, puh, puh” for P and “Buh, buh, buh” for B. This helps with closing your lips when forming words.
- Vowel exaggeration: Begin by smiling wide. Then, pronounce all vowels, one by one, exaggerating your mouth. Vowels include the letters A, E, I, O and U.
Performing facial exercises to improve expressions might seem like they’ll cause wrinkles. However, they’ll help you express your emotions better, and they certainly don’t need to be performed every day.
- Eyebrow practice: Alternate between raising both eyebrows at the same time and furrowing them together. Hold each for five seconds.
- Whet your whistle: Want to get better at whistling? Practice lip puckers for five seconds at a time. Don’t just pull in your lips – make your cheeks work at it, too!
- Puff your cheeks: You might look like a chipmunk while doing this, but puffing your cheeks is actually a pretty popular facial exercise. Alternate between puffing out one cheek at a time and puffing them both at once.
- Perfect your smile: To perfect your smile, you’ll need to smile big as well as practice frowning and pouting. Be sure to exaggerate all movements. Smile big and bare your teeth. Push out your bottom lip to really get a pout going. Drop your chin to help you draw the corners of your mouth downward into a frown shape.
[UC Davis: Facial Exercises](https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/otolaryngology/Health Information/FACEEX.pdf)