Facial asymmetry is something many people “suffer” with, but few talk about. Why? Because so much of our self-esteem is wrapped up in how we look. Also, it is our face and all. Even if you aren’t ready to chat about it with your girlfriends over brunch yet, know you are not alone. Most of us are looking in the mirror thinking, what in Sam Hell is going on with my face? If you haven’t been doing your facial exercises (or if you are confused and scratching your head right now) then be sure and watch What No One Tells You About Facial Asymmetry, Part 1. Death of the Desk‘s Missy Bunch (also pictured in the video above) is a magic worker.
5 Things You Need To Know Before Watching This Video
1. Facial asymmetry is 100% normal.
Even the most beautiful faces in the world are not 100% symmetrical. Want proof? It’s as simple as Cindy Crawford’s mole or Katie Holmes’ “crooked” smile. Perfection is an illusion (and an unattainable one at that), so give yourself a break. And guess what? We are all in the same asymmetrical boat together.
2. The facial muscles — just like a bicep or abdominal muscle — need to be exercised so they keep their tone and shape.
There are 57 muscles in the face and neck while there are only 23 in the human arm. How often are you working your arm muscles? And when you take a break from exercising, how long before they start losing tone? Exactly.
“Set alarms on your phone to remind yourself to do the exercises”
3. The trigeminal nerve is responsible for sensation in the face and motor functions such as biting and chewing.
A few fun facts! Cranial nerves are responsible for about 80% of the brain’s sensory input, and the trigeminal nerve is the largest of the 12 cranial nerves. The trigeminal nerve primary responsibility is communicating sensation from the face to the brain.
4. Do this exercise for about 30 seconds 3-5 times a day for optimal results.
That adds up to less than five minutes a day. Start out doing these exercises for 30 seconds before or after each meal, and you are probably only looking at a 90-second daily committment. Set alarms on your phone to remind yourself to do the exercises. It takes roughly two weeks to build a habit, start right now.
5. Finally, in order for the exercises to work you have to interrupt old patterns, so the more you do these exercises the more progress you will see over time.
We are programmed to take the path of least resistance and we all prefer our old, easier habits over the new ones we are trying to program. But just like drinking your morning glass of water with lemon, body brushing before a shower or showing up like clockwork to your weekly yoga sessions, practice makes perfect.
Have you tried facial exercises before? Tell us what you think in the comments below!