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FaceGym

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Clenching your jaw with stress is a common problem, leading to locked jaws and even neck and back stiffness. According to dream dictionaries, if you have a dream that your teeth are falling out it’s linked to anxiety and you’re probably grinding in your sleep.

A swift and simple way to ease this tension is to invest in a FaceBall, created by FaceGym – as the name suggests a ‘gym’ workout for the face – available at Selfridges on Oxford Street. It’s essentially a facial using a combination of massage techniques and lifting products to tone the facial muscles.

The FaceBall releases deep tissue tensions as it glides over your bone structure, activating the muscles and increasing circulation as well as supposedly improving the health and mass of the bone through stimulation. Results are instant and if you keep at it you will see further improvement but remember this isn’t botox – although your skin will look and feel younger, plumper and more toned, your facial expressions and characteristics will remain.

FaceBall, £30 is available at Selfridges. For tips on “how to face ball” see below.

HOW TO FACE BALL 

Place the ball on key pressure points and hold it down for 10 seconds to experience tension release while lifting, toning and tightening the skin.

For each point there are two steps: 

1. Static pressure (8-10 secs)

2. Scooping movement of the ball kept on a perpendicular point on the face while lifting and rolling the ball. (8-10 secs)

These movements include pressure and lift

1. Third eye to hair line – 2 points with firm pressure and lift

2. Beginning of eyebrow to hairline – 2 points medium pressure and lift

3. Curve of eyebrow – 1 point medium pressure and lift 

These movements include pressure and stretch to the temporal

1. Align with the beginning of eyebrow and stretch to temporal (1 point above eyebrow the other close to hairline

2. Align with the beginning of eyebrow and stretch to temporal (1 point above eyebrow the other close to hairline

These movements include pressure and stretch to the ear

1. Above nostril – 1 point medium pressure and stretch to ear

2. Middle cheek – 1 point medium pressure (1x) 

Lift cheekbone

1. Cheek (align with corner of mouth) – 1 point light pressure (1x)

2. End of cheek – 1 point light pressure (1x)

3. Middle of the ear – 1 point light pressure (1x)

 These movements include pressure, scoop and stretch to the ear

4. Jaw (align with centre of eye) – 1 point medium pressure (1x)

5. End of jawline – 1 point medium pressure (1x)