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May 01, 1987 - Image 91

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-05-01

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important in differentiating
between the origin (begin-
ning) and insertion (end) of
the facial muscle. Then an ef-
fective exercise can be de-
signed for that particular
For example, in the one
square inch of skin between
the eyebrows, there may be a
variety of lines and wrinkles.
Two vertical lines in the skin
between the eyebrows are
caused by different muscles
than if there is only one ver-
tical line. Horizontal lines at
the top of the nose are caused
by different muscles entirely.
Removing any of those lines
from the surface of the skin
would require a different
combination of exercises.
When a person comes in for
a consultation, the lines,
wrinkles, sags and bags seen
on the surface are like a road
map pinpointing what is
happening to the facial mus-
cles underneath. The muscu-
lar layer, with specific em-
phasis on the individual's
own unique strengths and
weaknesses, it strengthened
and built up.
Myth 2: Facial exercises
damage the skin from the re-
peated muscle movements
True and false. In certain
areas of the face, the
forehead for example, re-
peated muscle movement
(raising the eyebrows over
and over) does punch lines
into the skin of the forehead,
if the skin is unprotected.
One can reinforce the surface
of the skin in certain vulner-
able areas with protective
tape. The tape absorbs the
impact of the muscle action
underneath allowing the skin
to move in a smooth unit. It's
like getting a new skin and
then being able to discard it
after the exercise session is


Myth 3: The best face is a_
frozen or quiet face.
There are certain facialists
and dermatologists who advo-
cate that theory but my feel-
ing is that we have eternity
to be immobile. Part of the
joy of living is being express-
ive and animated. The trick
is to know which facial man-
nerisms are destructive to
one's looks and try to get a
handle on those.
Myth 4: Saying the vowels
A-E-I-O-U is a good facial
False. While it is true that
you are using a number of
muscles to do that, you sim-
ply aren't working the mus-
cles with enough intensity to
do any good.
Use a variety of exercise
techniques — isotonic,
isometric and eccentric con-
traction to work each muscle
fully. Using facial fitness,
specially designed facial
weights are utilized in cer-
tain exercises for selected

muscles because simply con-
tracting the muscles is not
enough to get the desired ef-
There is one exercise that I
teach for the circular muscle
around the mouth (the most
important muscle for keeping
the lower third of your face
together) in which we work
hard enough to actually build
up lactic acid or the burn
that is so popular in exercise
Myth 5: People who jog or
do impact aerobics are de-
stroying their faces.
False, but only if you know
how to hold your face while
you are exercising. Try this
in front of a mirror. Jog or
bounce up and down with
your face relaxed and you'll
,probably see your face bounc-
ing up and down too. Now,
bring your mouth forward
(toward the mirror) and put
some tension in your cheek
muscles (like saying "eh" in
"chuck"). Hold your face in
that position and bounce and
you'll see that your face is
held firm. With a little prac-
tice you'll even be able to
breathe .while you do it! But
more important, you'll have
stopped the destructive ef-
fects that jogging can cause
in the face.
Myth 6: You can learn fa-
cial exercise from a book.
Good luck. First of all, you
have to determine if the per-
son who wrote the book
knows anything about facial
exercise. Assuming that you
could find such a book then
you would have to figure out
if you were doing the exer-
cises correctly and if you
were actually helping or
harming your looks. Then if
something went wrong, how
would you know what was
causing it?
It is exceedingly difficult to
learn from a book because all
of the pictures are "freeze
frame." In other words, you
have no way of knowing how
to get from one picture to the
next, or what the "flow" of
the exercise should be. It is
wiser to see a professional
who can tell you if you're
doing the exercises correctly.

Dance Concert
Due For Singles

Reservations are still
available to see the Twyla
Tharp Dance troupe at 7:15
p.m. May 13 at the Music
Hall Center for the Perform-
ing Arts.
There will be a champagne
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There is a charge, and re-
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