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Odd Beauty: Flex Your Wrinkles Away

April 30, 2011 Reviewed by admin 12 Comments

It wasn’t too long ago that Marta was introduced to a beauty tool (Face Trainer) that was supposed to help remove wrinkles through facial exercises. That product was $199 and along with those movements, used micro currents to aid in the process; it also sat on your face like a futuristic ski mask. You know, I’m not sure if anyone aside from the military bought these things, rumor had it they used it in interrogations with terrorists. I’m joking, I hope? This “tool” however, the Facial-Flex, is only $38 but wins my vote for most frightening beauty device I’ve ever seen. You are supposed to stick this odd spring loaded contraption into your mouth and use it as a type of resistance tool. While doing the exercise, individuals look like a mix between a robot and a zombie with a hint of stupid.

The unit comes with resistance bands so you can up the intensity should you find your face getting stronger. By doing two 2 minutes of face-firming exercises in the morning and 2 minutes at night, you could have “facial rejuvenation” in as little as 8 weeks. My god, it’s finally happened, the beauty industry has realized that people will buy anything they sell. .

Personally, I think facial exercises are stupid. There's DVDs, tools like this Facial-Flex, websites, and even a game devoted to helping you flex your face muscles. I completely understand that there’s a loyal following of those who have been doing it for years but I don’t buy it. One of the biggest arguments is that “if you exercise your body, you should exercise your face.” What? Last time I checked the muscles in my face were attached to my skin and completely different from those in my arms and legs. They’re not going to get super buff and fill out any loose skin like muscles can do on an area like the bicep or calf. If that was the case, then people would be drinking protein shakes and downing egg whites like Rocky Balboa to build up all of those facial muscles. But that isn’t quite the case, which is why people use collagen to help with their skin. Also, no amount of exercise can help tighten loose skin. This is the reason why people who lose massive amounts of weight, have loose skin hanging off of their now thing bodies. The second argument would be that it worked for someone, so it must work for everyone? We’re all different; we eat different things, live different lives, and come from different genetics which means that people don’t wrinkle at the same pace. There isn’t a golden age you reach where you’ll start wrinkling so saying that this product has been working for you since you turned 35 probably isn’t a good argument. Who knows, you might have looked younger had you not tried facial exercises.

Now, if you could only exercise half of your face for 20 years and leave the other side alone, you might just be able to prove that facial exercises work. Any volunteers?

According to the Facial-Flex site, studies have been done and support their claims that the Facial-Flex will help users obtain firmer skin with more elasticity. While the results from this test seem inspiring, they talk about results directly after the study which in most cases was after 8 weeks. It’s hard to say what those results would be like down the line, if lines will permanently develop from the excessive movements, and if skin will begin to sag from being stretched too thin. This is a product that literally has to be used for an extended period and in a controlled setting with identical subjects so we can really see the results. That’s impossible though because of all the variables I listed before.

Overall, I would never do facial exercises. While I understand some people will say “don’t knock it til you try it.” I just don’t think it’s worth the risk. My skin isn’t a muscle in need of bulking up; it won’t get toned and defined if I move it in odd ways, so I’ll skip this and stick to a good diet and exercise. Worst case scenario I'll deal with the wrinkles-  because the last thing I want to do is look like this crazy lady in the video. Smooth skin doesn't mean a thing when you look crazy.

  • March 19, 2018

    by Chione

    I have been using Facial Flex since the eighties and I know from three decades of pictures of me, that it has made a tremendous difference in the shape of my face. Used to be square, now oval: indistinguishable cheekbones to highly pronounced. I started using it because my grandmother had very bad sagging neck skin and I was starting to get laxity there too, so I bought this product and my neck stopped sagging. To answer your question, Admin, I know what I would have looked like if I hadn't used this product all those years.

    When I use it I feel the muscle structure work and take care not to wrinkle my skin during the process. I will be 70 this year and I know that the people I went to high school and college with wish they had used it too.

  • May 2, 2017

    by BARBARA

    I've been using the Facial Flex for 4 months now having seen how good it has been for my best friend. My face and chin do feel more firm and I've increased the resistance bands so am looking forward to even better results. Its well worth the few minutes a day. Give it a go.

  • October 27, 2014

    by Mary

    I can't understand caring about how one looks in the privacy of their own home for a few minutes a day. If that's not a silly excuse not to exercise, nothing is. The Facial Flex does not stretch the skin, nor does it cause "smokers lines." The range of motion doesn't stretch the skin beyond the width of a smile, and when you squeeze your mouth inward, it's not so far as to actually pucker. I watch myself in the mirror and neither is happening.

    Been using it two years and what I've noticed the most is that the space between my nose and top lip has slightly shortened because my lip has a little curl to it again that I had lost over the years. The corners of my lip turn up as they used to as well. It won't give me something I never had, but it's brought my younger mouth back and absolutely helped firm up my entire lower face. I'm 50, and this has indeed helped me. Is it really so far fetched that increasing muscle strength in the face would work? Bone and muscle loss of the entire skull plays a big part in aging, as both of those contribute to the skin becoming too loose for the face. We can do what we can for helping the skin firm up, whether with skincare or surgery, but neither of those helps the underlying structure the skin is attached to. We do what we can...

    Whether it's a miracle or not depends on your starting point and like any exercise, giving it time to work and make a difference. Someone my age will probably see better results than someone a decade or two younger.

  • January 4, 2012

    by Chris

    I am not one of those who thinks that the remedy that works for my neighbor will work for me as for anyone else, but I always get kind of suspicious when a person builds up an angry speech against something trying to sound logic and competent (something that never works actually...). And I am astonished by the fact that the administrator of a site I otherwise appreciate, published a report so full of personal opinions without any serious evidence-at all! Face exercises have helped people not only to gain their features back, but also their self confidence and respect. Results are there to see on those who practice it.

  • July 6, 2011

    by Christianne

    The device does work.

    Carol Maggio's facercise did not work for me, but I tried some other ones that use resistance, and they absolutely do work. It is the complete opposite of what people fear, that their skin gets thin and stretched out and they get more wrinkles. Its the complete opposite, just like your body. Things that just sit are flabby.
    The corners of my mouth do not turn down anymore, and my jaw is being lifted up, and cheeks are filling out. I don't care if it looks stupid in my own home, for two minutes a day. I look more stupid with my mouth turning downwards.

  • June 29, 2011

    by Scarlet

    The facial-Flex was created to help those who have suffered strokes affecting their faial muscles. The skin on the face is attatched to underlying muscle. If used correctly it can make a HUGE differance in one's appearance.

    I have used this device faithfully since the 80's. I am always shocking those who perceive me as being 20 or more years younger!!

  • June 29, 2011

    by Scarlet

    This was developed to ruse as therapy for those who had suffered strokes. Very simply, it works!! The skin on the face is attatched to underlying muscle. when the muscle is
    worked it regularly it increases in size, and in this case the skin attatcheed moves upward
    with the muscle.

    I have used the facial flex off and on faithfully since the eightys.

  • May 5, 2011

    by Timothy Artinger

    I would think that this would cause much more stretching of the skin than normal and increase the likelihood of forming sagging, wrinkles and fine lines... I understand the concept of the product. Like toning/working out your body, why not the face? But the facial and neck doesn't work like that. Possibly electrostimulation might be a better answer in toning the muscles and preventing the onset of wrinkles.. Unfortunately one such person who uses this electro-lift, suzanne somers, also uses something else that has harshly altered her face, a part of me is somewhat frightened to even try it because what if I end up looking like that??

  • May 3, 2011

    by Janice

    Tried the facial flex, tried Carol Maggio's facercize-none of these products produced any noticeable difference but did manage to make my jaws quite tired and did indeed make me look quite silly. I did feel using this enhanced the "marionette" lines I already had in my 59 yo face. I also think that women build less muscle than men due to the lack of testosterone. None of this can replace collagen & elastin in the skin and did not produce "volume" in my face.

  • May 1, 2011

    by deb

    I have the happy face dvd and started using these exercises they are fantastic. I have over the year changed various exercises to suit my face but overall facial exercises are plumping my face and lifting the muscles also using great plumping serums hyaluronic acid and vit a c and e. Just purchased the mouth exercise contraption because at the moment using my fingers as resistant for the mouth jaw line.I am 51 and everyone thinks I am in my late 30s

  • May 1, 2011

    by JustD

    I've often wondered about this Gary, and I even invested a little time and energy into it. I tried it a bit, but didn't feel very competent using it and got bored very quickly. And as you have noted, I too am just not sure that this is the way to go or if it has any measureable benefits to it that one can actually see within a feasible amount of time to give it any merit.

    Hmmmmmm, I hope I said that well, it sounded right in my head while I typed it.. :)

  • May 1, 2011

    by Gary

    You should try Happy Face Yoga facial exercises. They really work.

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