Facial Reflexology: Are You Ready For Your Lip Workout?
BEAUTY TIPS | 30 November 2016
Second only to our eyes, lips define the face. Crucial for everyday communication, we speak, laugh, cry and kiss with them. Our lips say what we think and show who we are. It’s not surprising then that in today’s image-obsessed society, a perfect pout is the Holy Grail of facial features and we increasingly love to pamper them with balms, coat them in colour and drench them in gloss.
Few may be blessed with the bee-stung lips of A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson, but what if we told you that it’s possible to preen and plump your pout to its fullest potential, without forking out on any expensive cosmetic fillers?
Like any body muscles, face muscles benefit from working out.
Introducing Facial Reflexology for your lips. It’s the ultimate all-natural lip plumper. Devotees to this must-have holistic lip treatment claim that regular ‘workouts’ really can help you beat the ageing process and maintain a million-dollar smile.
Devotees to this must-have holistic lip treatment claim that regular ‘workouts’ really can help you beat the ageing process and maintain a million-dollar smile.
“As we age, our faces lose muscle tone and circulation which can make lips appear thinner”, says leading UK facial reflexologist, Stephanie Francis, who uses a combination of acupressure, massage and zone therapy to work the lip muscle and boost production of collagen and elastin – the building blocks of youthful skin. “Like any body muscles, face muscles benefit from working out”, she points out.
“The deep tissue massage incorporated into facial reflexology can produce a natural Botox effect, tightening skin and boosting lymphatic drainage for a renewed glow. If you focus on the area around the ring-shaped orbicularis oris muscle (that surrounds the mouth), you should see a noticeable improvement in the plumpness and tone of your lips after time.”
Incorporating a few simple exercises into your daily routine at home is the next best thing to regular facial reflexology treatments. Stephanie teaches her clients to tone the oris with a three-step lip lift exercise routine that involves rolling the tongue around the inside of the lips three times very slowly. You then repeat in the opposite direction three times and relax. Done regularly this simple routine should help smooth out smile creases and any fine lines around the mouth by lifting and firming the muscles that control your lips.
Little things like massaging in upward strokes instead of downwards from your jaw line when applying daily moisturiser will also help to keep facial muscles toned and youthful, says Francis. Another good habit she recommends is to maintain a wry smile at all time so that the corners of your mouth are slightly upturned rather than pointing downwards. “As we age and muscle tone inevitably starts to weaken, it’s all about keeping those facial muscles working hard”, she says.
Post facial workout, keeping your lips soft and hydrated is key and that’s where our new luxuriously rich Lypsyl stick comes in.
Done your workout? Apply lavishly. Pout. And rest….
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