Aging Skin: Fighting Back! (Updated)

March 10th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Muscles of the FaceSkin belies aging like no other organ. It takes all the blame, while in fact it only reflects what it covers. The skin is the outermost organ of our body. Its purpose is to cover our deeper structures and first of all, the muscles.

Starting at about age 25, our muscles start to become measurably older…and smaller. By age 50, most of us have lost half or more of our muscle mass. Result: there is more skin to cover less muscle volume.

Muscles Do More than You Think

Muscles do more than help us to lift and jump and run. The heart is a muscle, as you well know, and its function is to pump blood. But did you know other muscles do the same thing? Not in the literal pumping sense of the heart. But consider… Arteries and veins are the conduits or “hoses” through which blood travels. Blood is pumped away from the heart and lungs through the arteries and it returns to the heart through the veins. It is muscle movement which gives the extra oomph your blood needs to flow fully.

Importance of Good Circulation

Every 7-10 years, most of the cells of the body are totally renewed. This process of cell renewal means that at every moment in our body there are millions (may be even trillions) of dead cells. They are decomposing and releasing strong poisons which permeate through all the pores of the body. This situation is not dangerous since your body can neutralize and expel such poisons, but this is only possible if all the capillaries and the entire circulatory system is functioning properly. For skin to stay young, flexible, hydrated and smooth, it needs a good, strong, steady blood supply.

Muscle Movement for Better Blood Flow

Muscle movement squeezes blood vessels, and helps the blood move along. So it is exercise that keeps your blood pumping well—including the blood which flows to the skin of your feet, legs, torso, arms, hands, and, yes, your face.

We lift weights, do aerobics, but somehow we don’t get to deliberately exercising the muscles of the face. There are over one hundred muscles in the head and neck alone! With age, the blood-supplying function of these muscles gets disrupted. Some are overworked, while others lack stimulation.

Exercise Your Face

If we train our muscles, they can quickly become “younger.” Why do we care if the interior muscles that we can’t see are youthful? Because healthy, youthful facial muscles will guarantee that the cheeks won’t sag and the jowls won’t droop. Through facial exercise you can prevent or remove a double chin, reduce or eliminating “sunken eyes” and “dark circles.”  But that is not the only benefit. A facial workout improves blood circulation and that’s what improves the condition of your skin.

What’s wrong with so many cosmetic treatments and even some cosmetic surgeries is that they focus on the skin as if it functions in isolation from the rest of the body.

Your body is a system. No part works in isolation. There’s no real health, and no real beauty, until we treat that entire system right.

Rawsome FlexThe Rawsome Flex: Beautifying System of Facial Exercises and Raw Foods does for the face what lifting weights and practicing yoga do for the body. The program includes exercises and facial massage that are designed to contract and relax the facial muscles. Stimulate your facial muscles regularly, and your face will retain—or regain—its elasticity and youthfulness!

6 Responses to “Aging Skin: Fighting Back! (Updated)”

  1. Florence Sialis Says:

    Love this! Need to learn more and practice.


  2. Mariana Prodan Says:

    Hello, Tonya. I have purchased your book of facial exercises and creams and facial brush. I am only 24 but I noticed some sagging in the cheeks and want to do smth about it. I dont understand the exercise nr.13 too well “grin from ear to ear”. If you could another words explain it. And is it supposed to build muscles right under the eye? That would be great.. Also, how to dry brush under eyes? I would really appreciate your answer and thank you very much!!!

  3. Tonya Zavasta Says:

    Yes, with the number 13 exercise you are strengthening the muscles under the eyes. As you’re lifting your chin up, there’s the counter pressure provided by the lower lip being pulled over your top lip. And then as you also widen your eyes and make a wide grin this stretches and strengthens the facial muscles even further.
    For dry brushing under the eyes, simply dry brush your closed eyes. But you should be super gentle while doing it. Just a few barely-touching strokes.
    Use your own judgement about what feels right and what is too much for your face.
    I strongly suggest you read my first book. There is no reason why shouldn’t feel beautiful at 24!

  4. Rachel Mackneer Says:

    Love your blog Tonya! I’m ordering the Rawsome Flex book. But I have a question, I’m an amply blessed lady. How do I keep the girls from heading south as i get older?

  5. Tonya Zavasta Says:

    Hi Rachel, I have an article on my Blog about this issue. Check it out: Enjoy rawsome flex! Facial exercises are one of THE best anti-aging practices I’ve found.

  6. Rachel Mackneer Says:

    Thank you Tonya! Come this winter I will be purchasing some chemises.

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