Carolyn’s Facial Fitness Review Part 1
I’m very anti-botox and I know there are plenty of botox alternatives, but I’m more about support-your-body so I decided to give this program a try and do a Carolyn’s Facial Fitness review while I’m about it.
First the backstory: I had to get a new drivers licence a few weeks back, and you might be wondering what that’s got to do with body image issues. Well – maybe not, if you’ve got a drivers licence with a photo on it.
Since I last sat in the hot seat for the licence photo, the state has introduced a new totally-blank-and-look-straight-ahead pose for the photo. Before that we were allowed a little smile! But anyhoo, the license duly arrived in the mail a few days later and my lovely delightful oh so honest eldest daughter Lel couldn’t talk for laughing at the pic!
I’m like – what, what? And then I saw it. “Well… well… they don’t let you be a person, you have to be completely stoney faced…..” I muttered, a bit flummoxed at her reaction.
So then I took a look at it and I thought huh it’s not as bad as the passport pic, at least it kinda looks like me – when I’m totally zoned out, irritated and in a rare moment of not talking!
And then I had a closer look, and I saw something I really didn’t like – these two pouches on either side of my neck! What the heck is that, I thought? And you know, it’s kind of funny to see something like that – and I had to share it with you!
Then I got to thinking that really, I’m not too fond of those odd looking under-chin lumps.
You all know I won’t do cosmetic surgery and I think Botox side effects are best avoided – while I respect any woman’s right to do with her body as she will, it’s not my idea of fun nor is it an interesting way to spend money.
I remembered that I’d spoken with the amazing Carolyn Cleaves during the second series of The Body Image Revolution, and how much I love using her skin care and that I’d also purchased the Carolyn’s Facial Fitness package to get those facial muscles toned up. And I had a look at it, it sat on my lounge table for a couple of weeks while I intended to do it every day, and then it moved to the drawer as I intended to do tomorrow, and I just now took it down off my shelf, a house move and other life stuff later.
So I think it’s time to get the old face muscles working! And I thought since I’m going to do the program I might as well track it for you all. My plan is to show you what’s in the package, and then for the first few days I’ll tell you how I’m doing. After that I’ll do a weekly update.
So here is…
Carolyn’s Facial Fitness Review Part 1
First of all, the reason I decided to invite Carolyn to The Body Image Revolution series was that she’s developed a simple, inexpensive and effective program that uses the body’s own natural abilities to improve your look of vitality and strength – no need for botox!
Carolyn’s mother had gone down the plastic surgery route and after her second surgery she had that classic plastic surgery look of being permanently surprised. Carolyn wanted an effective alternative that would contour and lift the face and get rid of that ‘tired’ look. I was impressed enough when I spoke with her that I bought the package, and it’s a comprehensive one. It comes in a neat little wallet so it all stays together. So let’s start the Carolyn’s Facial Fitness Review!
- a 73 page instruction and workbook with an overview of the program, instructions on using it, 14 bonus exercises and extra tips for getting the most out of the exercises in the main program
- a set of 28 flashcards, one for each exercise. Each contains detailed instructions and photographs of Carolyn doing the exercises
- Three disks – a DVD and two CDs. The DVD contains video of Carolyn doing all 28 exercises so you can copy the correct form.There’s also a Pacing CD and a Final CD – one for learning the exercises and the other for keeping you on track to complete the routine when you know how to do the exercises.
- Oh a mirror comes with the kit as well – it’s migrated to the bathroom, I’ll need to retrieve it so I can see myself practicing the moves! I don’t think I”ll include a pic of that, no 🙂
Carolyn’s program will take only 15 minutes three times a week. She says that when she was designing the program she knew she wouldn’t do anything if it was too complicated or took too long. I so resemble that 🙂
She consulted with both a medical doctor and a professor of anatomy and physiology when she designed her muscle-resistance training program, which works all of the muscles in the face. If you want all the detail she has included a diagram of the main muscles of the face, complete with name and description. She also tells you which muscles you’re using in each exercise.
The book starts with a recommendation from MD Stan Gore about why a program of resistance training works.
Then it explains the three distinct training phases – the learning phase, the pacing phase, and the final phase.
You learn the exercises sitting up by watching the DVD and working along with Carolyn, using the mirror to check you’re holding the right area of your face. (Holding the muscle provides resistance.)
She suggests that to start with you might want to use a moisturiser to help the skin ‘handle the manipulations’ better.
So step one is read through the workbook and get familiar with the phases, and complete each phase before moving on to the next.
Okay here I go with the DVD – she’s very clear that you work on Part 1 of the DVD sitting up, looking in the mirror, to learn all the moves. Each exercise is clearly marked as you can see from this image. So I start on exercise 1 and work my way through. I’m not using moisturiser.
Post-Part 1 of Carolyn’s Facial Fitness Review
Even though the exercises are each listed on their own menu item, you don’t need to click each one, though you can do that if you want to – the DVD moves to the next exercise automatically.
This process is about learning to do the exercises, so one follows on from the other. When you’re doing them ‘for real’ there will be more repetitions. Boy do I feel them though! The exercises work parts of my face where I didn’t even know there were muscles!
And afterwards my skin is quite red, I can see why she’d say to use moisturiser, though apparently you get better resistance if you don’t use it. She writes in the book to be gentle around the eye area as the skin isn’t quite as elastic there.
I have read that some people think botox is a better alternative than exercising the muscles of the face. I don’t get that – think about what happens when someone breaks a limb and it’s plastered up – the muscles wither because the limb is immobilised and the muscle gets very little movement.
Logically the same thing must happen when you use botox – the muscle is immobolised so it must wither. If the muscle withers, there’s less tissue supporting the skin – I’d think that the end result would be worse than at the beginning.
But that’s just me and my logic.
Right now I really want to go moisturise my face; it’s winter here and my skin is feeling pretty dry anyway.
I think I might have sore muscles tomorrow, and I didn’t even do the full session!
But tomorrow I’ll do part 2 of the DVD because apparently some of the exercises modify a little when you lay down.
I’d be interested though to know if anyone else is interested in this review, please post below and let me know if you’d like to know more about my progress with Carolyn’s Facial Fitness or if I should just keep doing it in Private, if I get ten or more comments I’ll keep going, otherwise I’ll keep it between me and my mirror 🙂