Facial workouts Slowing the ageing process
We spend so much of our 20s and 30s looking for solutions to deal with developing lines and wrinkles that the next cycle of ageing catches most women by surprise. Skin sagging really only becomes an issue in the mid-to-late 40s and beyond. Yes, wrinkles will still be a bugbear, but when the face looks less than firm and the jaw line starts to soften, most women are at a loss as to what to do.
What is happening is a natural ageing process, but you can do something to slow its progression and get firmness back into the skin.
How we do this is by stimulating the facial muscles that lie under the skin. Much in the same way that the body needs exercise to keep it firm and trim, the face, if exercised correctly, can become lifted, refreshed and firmer looking.
Used for decades in medicine, electric muscle stimulation, or EMS, restores damaged muscles or nerves. It works by sending electrical impulses to the nerve endings under the skin, causing them to contract and work the surrounding muscle. With repeated treatment the muscles become firmer and more lifted, which is why applying EMS to the face can, over time, give a superb lifting effect that no expensive face cream could ever compete with.
With EMS the face, including the jaw line and chin, becomes more defined. Improved blood flow and increased lymph drainage from the face will make the skin more radiant and reduce puffiness.
How quickly can we achieve these results? In a matter of weeks if you stick to the necessary treatments, which is usually 15-20 minutes a day, five sessions a week for 12 weeks. After that initial process the face should look firmer. From this point on, you enter a maintenance programme which is less time consuming – two or three 20-minute sessions a week will keep the results going.
EMS therapies are available nationwide in salons and spas, prices will vary so shop around before booking. If you prefer to use EMS at home, it is the less expensive route, and probably better for time constraints. The Slendertone Face (€ 300, or € 200 until Nov 30, www.slendertone.com with free delivery) or the Tua Tre’nd by Tina Richards, € 265 plus approx. €12.70 delivery, www.tinarichards.com, are the best options, and suitable for men and women.