An interesting way to keep facial wrinkles at bay?

An interesting way to keep facial wrinkles at bay?

For a six-pack, do sit-ups. Muscular arms, try pull-ups. Toned legs, get to squatting. But how can people exercise their face?

Those trying a fad in wrinkle removal say that “face fitness,” or exercising face muscles, will tone these muscles, causing the skin to tighten and wrinkles to disappear.

“It is intuitive to think that tightening facial muscles will improve the appearance of wrinkles,” says Dr. Rania Agha, dermatologist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill. “Unfortunately, wrinkles form due to excess facial expressions. There’s no evidence that working out the facial muscles will lead to tightening and decreased wrinkles.”

Dr. Agha says face exercises may increase blood flow to the skin, but they may actually cause wrinkles. She notes that Botox injections, a common procedure to reduce wrinkles, doesn’t tone, but relaxes face muscles.

While there may be no fountain of youth when it comes to keeping skin looking youthful, Dr. Agha offers the following recommendations:

  • Use sunscreen. Photoaging, or premature aging of the skin caused by exposure to the sun, causes increased wrinkles and decreased elasticity of the skin (wrinkles) as well as brown spots and uneven skin texture and tone.
  • Use topical creams containing Prescription Retinoin (retin-A). This is a key component in the treatment of aging face and wrinkles.
  • Stay hydrated and provide your body with adequate nutrition and anti-oxidants.
  • Talk to your dermatologist.

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