In these days of the quick-fix, the lunchtime nip-and-tuck and the overnight transformation, it’s all too easy to forget that our bodies were actually designed to be active and that our muscles are there to be used. But finding something that works with your facial musculature can be notoriously difficult as those tiny little muscles are almost impossible to target.

Ageing (or rather anti-ageing) is one of the key concerns in looking good, but it’s a depressing fact that all muscles weaken from around the age of 30. As the muscles lose their elasticity and are no longer able to support the overlaying skin, this facial muscle wastage inevitably results in sagging, hollowing and creasing skin.

But what if you don’t want to go under the knife just yet? Or, in fact, ever? The key to keeping the facial skin looking young and youthful is keeping the underlying muscles firm, but the question is always, how to “work out” these muscles like a full body workout in the gym?

That’s why creations like Slendertone Face are such a godsend. With almost no effort needed (well, ok, you DO need to find twenty minutes to yourself, five times a week, where you can just relax and do nothing while this little gadget does all the work!), you can see and feel visible results in your skin tone, jaw line and general skin radiance.

The Slendertone Face looks like a set of headphones and works by passing electronic stimulation through the muscles to firm them up, while at the same time stimulating blood flow, which in turn encourages a healthy glow. As the muscles firm up, they almost perform a non-surgical, natural face lift from within.

Different settings allow you to use it for a reviving facial massage or to give you a little radiance before you head out for a night on the town. Regular use will result in a visible difference after two weeks and a gentle lifting effect after six weeks. After continuing the program for 12 weeks, a maintenance program is recommended to sustain the muscle condition.

Clinical trials have shown an increase in facial muscle thickness of 18.6%*, while beauty experts the world over are huge fans. Nichola Joss, celebrity facialist, tanning expert and international beauty guru swears by hers and says, “Slendertone Face gently stimulates the underlying facial muscles to improve their tone and texture.  By using this for twenty minutes a day, five days a week, you can make a real difference.  There’s minimal effort, you can stick on the headset while watching TV or reading and tuck the portable controller in a pocket.  The use of Slendertone Face in the evening on its ‘radiance’ setting will help to make the skin look more luminous and revitalized by increasing the blood flow to the face, so you will be able to improve the appearance of facial contours and make the skin look and feel alive, radiant and glowing.”

If this could delay going under the knife by a few years, we say, why not?

*97 women between the ages of 35 and 55 showed an average increase in facial muscle thickness of 18.6% of the Zygomatic Major muscle (one of the largest facial muscles running from the cheekbone to the upper lip and sometimes referred to as the ‘smile muscle’). In contrast, the control group showed a small insignificant decrease in muscle thickness over the course of the 12 weeks.

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– Ambarina Hasan

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