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Just recently a Hollywood celeb had face work done...she admits that she spent $50,000 on Botox, Restylane, laser treatments, hair extensions and dental work to reinvent herself.

She loves her new look and she claims that her outside now matches the inside but unfortunately this celeb no longer looks like her former self. The voice is the same and even if you squint, you do not see her former beauty or youthfulness.

So many women can feel young on the inside but when they look at their reflection peering back at them in the mirror, a lot of them recoil in horror as they witness the very visible signs of aging like hooded eyes, soft, spongy cheeks, sagging double chins and jowls along the jaw.

Maybe their first line of thinking is surgery and injections simply because they do not know that there are safe, natural therapies that can do the exact same thing—and often fix the real problems of aging – sagging facial muscles.

Is aging just a fact of life?  Is there really a Fountain of Youth? Yes, but it's not an elixir or a potion.

Vitamins and minerals work to keep our insides younger and healthier but it's the outside that people see.

Maybe you are curious about the anti-aging vitamins, nutrients and supplements that will help you stay younger on the inside – here's a list of them that are recommended by anti-aging specialists:  vitamins B1, B3 (niacin), B6, B12, C, D, E, folic acid, beta-carotene, CoQ10, rutin, bioflavonoids, ginko biloba, ginseng, green tea extract, ginger root extract, garlic, L-Glutathione, magnesium, selenium, potassium, manganese, chromium picolinate, acetyl L-carnitine, melatonin, alpha-lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, acetylsalicylic acid, cod liver oil, and flax seed oil.

Using supplements and vitamins can fix what's going on inside our bodies but what about our faces? Where is the Fountain of Youth for that?

Jackie Silver, author of Aging Backwards: Secrets to Staying Young, says that exercise is indeed the Fountain of Youth.  Many anti-aging physicians agree with her because they have seen how exercise can strengthen the heart and lungs as well as the core muscles in our bodies. Most surprising is that exercise can also tighten, strengthen and lift sagging facial muscles – the main reason our faces look old and tired.

Anti-aging diets play an important part in our facial beauty, too. Some foods cause inflammation and swelling – they can contribute to heart disease, arthritis and more; they should be avoided if optimal health is your goal.

What are some of those culprits that show up as aging in our faces?  Alcohol, beef, bread, pasta, sugar and sugary treats, noodles, rice, soft drinks and even some fruits can have a detrimental effect on our facial appearance. So what's best to eat for optimal health?  Super-sized portions of vegetables, protein from fish and chicken, lots of purified water, nuts and green tea are recommended by many anti-aging specialists.

Unfortunately, ingesting supplements, eating a better balanced diet and using topical beauty essential products with the latest and greatest ingredients will not stop the look of old produced by sagging facial muscles.

What will?  Just like exercise works for toning your torso, arms and legs, the same type of resistance training will work for your face to tone and tighten those droopy, out of shape facial muscles. The daily activity of smiling, yawning, singing, yelling at your kids or your husband does nothing to adequately exercise those tiny, hidden muscles.

Choosing facial exercise to address sagging muscles means you will not have to worry about scars, injection holes, risky procedures and people recognizing you.  After all, when you change your face to reflect your inner goddess, you want to feel proud that you look and feel so remarkably refreshed and revitalized.

It's when you apply the principles of resistance and contraction with special anchoring techniques that you begin to see positive changes.  Anchoring (holding) the muscle while creating a contraction will cause those muscles to respond by repositioning and plumping.  When this occurs, the facial skin takes on a new appearance because it immediately begins to look smooth, lifted and tightened.

Using your thumbs and fingers to anchor these muscles will assure better results.  If there are no anchoring techniques, most likely you are using an out-dated method.  Puckers, twists, contortions and squints do nothing to retrain the muscles to hold a new position; in fact, you might create more wrinkles when you repeatedly scrunch and contort your face.

You won't have to spend a lot of money or time recuperating because daily your face will reflect the benefits of an all natural face lift that will keep you looking substantially younger and more like yourself than those who opt for risky physical refreshments via a scalpel, laser or needle.

Cynthia Rowland - Facial Fitness Expert
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      Trudy S wrote Mar 22, 2010
    • Nice site here on some exercises you can do:

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      Love the freebies!!

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      Bozz wrote Mar 22, 2010
    • I find it really sad that women still believe that they must ‘regain their lost beauty and youthfulness‘.

      I’m sorry to rain on the parade but it really hurts that women are being told again and again that there is something ‘horrific’ about their ‘visible signs of aging‘. Why?

      How is it constructive to 'help' women by telling them that while they don't have to have surgery to get rid of their unsightly  signs of ageing, they still need to be 'fixed' whether by using excercises, facial creams or whatever.

      It's not just bad diet, alcohol or smoking that makes our faces and bodies wrinkle and's AGE and LIFE EXPERIENCE. What's actually wrong  with age and life experience?

      It really saddens me that instead of creating empowering beliefs about ageing (ageing is inevitable for all of us) there are still messages out there that if women dare to age like any normal human being, we are somehow flawed and need to be repaired . :o(

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      Kyah wrote Mar 22, 2010
    • Bozz, I agree with you. I have long, salt & pepper hair, and even my eyebrows are gray. I don’t make a habit of dyeing my hair and rarely wear anything on my face other than lipstick. Yes, I have wrinkles, and gravity has hit me square in the gut. I get such a laugh at the women at work who are fighting and hiding their aging; dye jobs, wigs, makeup, face lifts, cremes and rejuvenating lotions. They think these things make them look better, a false sense of recaptured youth. I eat what I should and yeah, occasionally what I shouldn’t, and exercise almost every day. I’ve earned every one of my ‘silver threads of wisdom’ and am proud when I reveal my actual age. I look healthy for over half a century, and that’s fine with me.

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