A new study suggests that exercising our faces for 30 minutes at least every other day can tone up facial muscles and lead to a reduction in the visible signs of aging.
The findings — by Dr. Murad Alam, a professor of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and colleagues — were recently published in JAMA Dermatology.
Aging is an inevitable part of life. No matter how much we want to, we can't stop the clock. When it comes to our appearance, however, we certainly try.
The global anti-aging market was worth a whopping $250 billion in 2016. By 2021, this number is expected to reach $331.41 billion.
These numbers incorporate a wealth of cosmetic treatments and products designed to delay or halt signs of aging, including anti-wrinkle creams, Botox, chemical peels, and anti-pigmentation therapies.
To be honest, the thought of using any anti-aging treatment that doesn't come out of a tub sends shivers down my spine, which is why the new study caught my eye.
Facial exercises sound simple and cost-effective, and — most importantly — they don't require going under the knife. But can they really help us to look younger? Dr. Alam and colleagues investigated.