“ Author: Carole Maggio / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 18 March 2011 / Genre: Lifestyle / Subcategory: Lifestyle & Personal Style Guides / Category: Cosmetics, Hair & Beauty / Publisher: Pan Macmillan / Title: The Ultimate Facercise / ISBN 13: 9780330519960 / ISBN 10: 0330519960 „
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I've gone a bit workout crazy this year. After my first child I slimmed down within a month to smaller than I had been before but it was the next the ruined me. I fell pregnant and lost the pregnancy at 3 months. I got really unhappy but quickly fell pregnant again just short of 2 months later. I put on some weight with the first pregnancy that we lost and then with the next pregnancy I put on quite a bit more. Not sure why but with my second child I seemed to put on weight everywhere!
Naively I just kinda thought it would go away. It didn't so a year on I started doing something about it. I started working out with a few friends on a weekly basis and doing a few mini-workouts at home during the in-between time. I have lost a good deal of the weight and now have a shape again which is great. I'm not far off of my goal weight which is wonderful.
Growing up I think we all want to keep our faces from getting wrinkles but my aim for buying the Facercise book was to slim down my face a bit. Your body shape completely changes when you have a child but I want my old face back! The first child didn't give me a round face! I had this very same rant on a drunken mother's night out and had Carole Maggio's book recommended to me.
I found it in Waterstone's for £12 and thought I'd give it a go. The book boasts ways of giving a natural facelift which sounded good to me. I've never been a huge fan of the thought of Botox or any of the other injections.
"open up your entire eye area and reduce puffiness and bags, lift your eyebrows, define your cheeks, plump up the lips, turn the corners of your mouth up, smooth out lines, and firm your entire neck and jawline"
After reading the first part of the book I realised this twice daily 8 minute workout was more toning then fat burning but that's ok because toning would surely burn a little and that's good enough. Honestly I do feel a bit silly doing these rubs and movements so I tend to lock myself away in the bathroom in the morning and then right before bed.
The main area I worry about wrinkles is the squint lines and after about 2 weeks of doing these workouts religiously I have noticed that the skin is noticeably firmer (Furrow Smoother).
I wish I could remember the moves and then I wouldn't have to drag the book into the bathroom and try to keep in open to my pages every time but I forget so easily. It took me a few times to get the movements just right but after a few run-throughs I figured out the directions and proper ways to hold my skin. Once I get my little reminder it's quite a relaxing experience. It's a bit of me time with the added bonus of firming my facial features. My skin looks a lot healthier and has a bit more of a glow to it which is obviously a good thing! I'm not noticing a huge change on the shape of my face but maybe there wasn't much to change. It does feel firmer though.
There's a bit on the book about healthier eating to aid better skin but I didn't follow much of it. I never do because I'm a bit dim to good carbs vs. bad carbs and all that stuff. I don't eat things that are stupidly bad for you and have been drinking more water but that's about it.
Botched cosmetic surgery? Hard lumps under the skin from fillers? Facercise offers exercises to target these problems and rid you of them without needing to go under the knife. This is in fact why Carole Maggio went on a mission to perfect the Facercise system. She was left with unhappy after having cosmetic surgery on her nose and set out to find a solution without having to deal with the knife again.
The Ultimate Facercise is the second of Carole Maggio's Facercise books so go for the perfected system and go ultimate.
"One of the 100 best beauty products in the world". ("Harpers & Queen")
"The programme really does work". ("Daily Mail")
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