Your facial muscles are just as important as your other muscles.
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Facial muscles are usually ignored on muscle-toning routine lists or even diagrams of various muscle groups that are engaged during common workouts. However, toning your facial muscles can be just as important as toning the rest of your muscles. Having toned facial muscles helps us look younger and healthier by preventing wrinkles and firming the skin. One exercise works the body's neck area along with the facial muscles. There are also many exercises that will work the facial muscles specifically.
Your neck muscles work together with your facial muscles to help you do things like swallow food or look up. Strengthening your neck muscles can help strengthen and tone your facial muscles as well. While sitting and looking straight ahead, put the tips of your fingers at the upper end of your neck, right under your jaw. Leaving your fingers in that position, pull the skin of your neck down as you tilt your head up to face the ceiling. Repeat this move two more times. On the last rep, stick out your lower lip as far as you can. Slide your fingers down to the base of your neck or your collar bone, point your chin upward and frown as hard as you can. Hold this position while taking four slow, deep breaths. Do three repetitions of this sequence. Repeat this exercise at least three times each week, if not daily.
Constrict your nostrils as much as you can, then wrinkle your nose by lifting your upper lip as though you've smelled something foul. Move back and forth between these positions 20 times. Do two more sets of 20 reps. Repeat this exercise at least three times per week, if not daily. This move works the muscles around the bridge of your nose, nostrils and upper lip.
Switch back and forth between a deep frown and a big, wide smile, holding each expression for at least one second. Complete this move 20 times -- for a total of forty smiles and 40 frowns. Do three reps of 20. Repeat this exercise at least three times per week, if not on a daily basis. This move helps to work out the muscles in the lower part of your face -- around your mouth, chin and cheeks.
Lean your head back to turn your face toward the ceiling. Purse your lips up as if you are preparing to spout. Holding this position, stick your tongue out as far as you are able 20 times in a row. Repeat two more sets of 20 reps. Repeat this exercise at least three times per week, if not daily. This move exercises and tightens the muscles in the areas of your chin, lower jaw and upper neck.
Shocked and Surprised
Without dropping your jaw as you might if you really were shocked or highly surprised by something, lift both of your eyebrows as high on your forehead as you can. Hold this pose for 30 seconds, then relax your face. Repeat this process two more times. Repeat this entire exercise at least three times per week, if not daily. This move helps to strengthen the muscles in your forehead and brow area.