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Top Sante - 03/2013

Exercise your facial muscles

Exercise your facial muscles

You've worked out all your other muscles, so why not tone up your face, too? The more taut your muscles are beneath your skin, the more support it'll have, and the firmer your face will appear. Spend a few minutes massaging a cleansing balm, such as No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm, £9 (7), or a mild cream cleanser, into your skin (Avene Eau Thermale Extremely Gentle Cleanser, £7, is ideal for sensitive types). 'Hold the facial muscles taut while you massage to give extra resistance to your fingers - imagine the expressions your partner pulls when he's shaving,' says celebrity facialist Emma Hardie. 'Use slow, controlled circular movements and work deep into the muscles.' Then, as the cleanser soaks in, try Hardie's facial-mobilisation technique: 'Lift your chin upwards, so you feel a stretch down your neck. Open your mouth wide, feeling the stretch in your lip and surrounding muscles, and move it in all directions. Do the same with your cheek and forehead muscles.'

Follow with moisturiser

'The mental relaxation, which is part and parcel of a workout, helps release tension in the face and loosens up muscles,' says Hardie. 'This makes skin more supple and, because it's also warmer after exercise and a sauna, the moisturising ingredients you apply afterwards are better absorbed.' But remember: even normal skin can be more sensitive after exercising, so you may want to wait until bedtime to use more active anti-ageing products. For the time being, stick to gentle products to replenish the skin - look for anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as vitamin E and soothing borage oil, both found in Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive Skin, £18.75 (6).