Do-It-Yourself Facelift – 5 to 10 Years Younger

People age, and the face does too. But the magnitude of face change usually isn’t written in stone.

Picture the facial changes that we associate with old age. Your picture probably includes the following:

the skin seems to be too big for the face,

excess skin forms wrinkles, and

some areas seem to droop.

Relate this image to facial anatomy. The presentation of facial skin depends upon the muscles beneath. If those muscles become tight and short, the overlying skin has a shrunken base of support. The first part of the picture is true: the skin became too big for the face. Facial skin didn’t grow bigger; it became relatively bigger by default.

Wrinkles and drooping arise from the same scenario. Skin doesn’t go away. It finds a way to redistribute itself. Wrinkles are nature’s strategy. Where large underlying muscle groups become over-tight, entire sections of facial skin are left to find a new home. Gravity comes to the rescue, and drooping occurs.

When we ask why a face shows age, we are asking the wrong question. The right question is, “Why are the underlying muscles tense and short?”

The answer lies in how the body stores emotions. A known principle of Structural Integration is this: emotions are stored in muscles as well as in the brain. When we hold back from expressing an emotion, the muscles involved with that expression freeze. Our face is the major vehicle for expressing emotion.

Let’s jump straight to the solution. Get in front of a mirror and express every emotion you can think of. Go overboard. Get fighting mad. Laugh. Stick your tongue way out. Growl. Snarl. Feel love. Feel vulnerable. Act surprised. Show rage. Act confused. Grit your teeth. Open-up to friendship. Move the jaw from side to side. Hate. Become indignant. Do it all. Express every emotion you can think of – especially the ones you normally hide. That will wake up the frozen muscles.

Be sure to do this when you’re alone. You’ll avoid a straightjacket. It’s hard to explain to friends. Family members might get worried. You’ll notice a difference the very first time. And it improves over time. Muscles that have been frozen for years come alive. Circulation improves to the muscles and skin. A sense of relief appears. It took effort to hold those muscles tight. You might get a sensation that your whole head is reaching outward to fill the skin.

Do the mirror session once a week to start. In between, feel your face and the muscles become softer. Send your breath there. Give it a try. The price is right (free).


Jack Menear