How to Look Younger: Making Funny Faces Shown to Eliminate Wrinkles and Droopy Skin

There's no way to turn back the hands of time, but you may be able to erase a few years of age with some simple exercises. New research found that certain facial exercises are able to tone the face and dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.

For the study, published online in JAMA Dermatology, researchers had 27 women, all between the ages of 40 and 65, complete a regimen of facial exercises. The exercises were specifically developed to help build up facial muscles, with the aim of making them larger and therefore giving them a stronger resistance against sagging skin and wrinkles. Results revealed the exercises made the women appear up to three years younger than their actual age, The New York Times reported.

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The women were asked to perform 32 facial exercises for half an hour a day for 20 weeks every other day. Researchers took photographs of the women through the study and compared the more recent photos with those taken at the beginning of the exercise regimen. Results were seen in both the volunteers and the researchers in charge of the study.

Unlike botox, facial exercises may be a way to combat wrinkles on your own from your own home. Win McNamee/Getty Images

"The scientists looking at appearance changes found that the upper and lower cheeks were full after the study," said study author Dr. Murad Alam, vice chair in the department of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, The Chicago Tribune reported. "Patients themselves found even greater benefits, and noticed that 18 of the 20 areas and features of the face that were studied got better over the course of the study."

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As we age, the collagen which normally supports the facial skin begins to break down, causing the skin to become looser. As a result, we develop wrinkles and our skin may droop, according to Medical News Today. By building up the face muscles, the bigger muscles may hold up the skin where the collagen has broken down and caused it to droop.

According to The New York Times, the exercises were suggested by Gary Sikorski, of Happy Face Yoga, a facial exercise program. Some of the exercises included in the study involve making an "O" shape with your mouth repeatedly in an effort to build cheek muscle mass and purposely lifting and lowering your eyebrows, WJBD Radio reported.

The research is the first of its kind and follow-up studies are necessary to confirm the results. However, Alam told The New York Times that the exercises could serve as an effective method for women who may be looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in an effective and non-medical way.