Facial exercises may not help with firming the face, but activities such as facial massage can help improve circulation in the face, relax muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, according to esthetician Hanah Tetro. Facial exercises do not reattach facial ligaments and may make wrinkles more visible, notes Paula Begoun of Paula's Choice Skincare.
Short facial massages, or anything that causes the facial muscles to release tension, may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, according to Hanah Tetro. Facial massages encourage relaxation, reduce stress, alleviate pain and stimulate blood flow to the face, which helps with overall circulation. The easiest facial massage to perform is a pressure point massage, which involves pressing on specific pressure points on the face. To do the massage, find a specific pressure point and make 15 circles with your index fingers while pressing on it. The massage works best when done on areas that have tension.
Other beneficial facial massages include tapping and stroking, according to HealthTap doctors. Massages should be light and uplifting, and facial creams can be used to avoid drag on the skin during the massage. The best way to avoid wrinkles and improve the appearance of the skin is to keep hydrated, get adequate nutrition, abstain from smoking and avoid sun exposure.