Eva Fraser is over 70 (though she’ll probably hate us for saying it!) and looks 20 years younger. Her face-saving, skin-saving secret is facial exercises which she has developed over many years. We asked her to share her favourites with us here. Practise one, some or all of these as a daily routine to wake up a tired face and prevent lines and sagging. For a more detailed workout, follow Eva’s book or video, or consult her at her facial workout studio in London for your individual programme. While doing the exercises, feel relaxed and breathe slowly and rhythmically.
1. Face tapping – to get the circulation going. Tap 20 times on each dot with the pads of your middle fingers. From the bridge of your nose work out along your eyebrows, then in round the top of your cheekbone. Tap up from the sides of your mouth to each inner eye. Then out from the chin along the jawline to each ear. Make sharp, light, very quick taps as if you are testing a very hot iron.
2. Ear massage – to get your face glowing. With index fingers and thumbs, hold the top rim of your ears and pull upwards. Massage, making small circles between fingers and thumbs. Move down all round the rim of the ears, pulling ears out gently and massaging, as above. When you reach the lobes, pull them down slightly and massage for about one minute. Repeat this sequence if you have time. Then, with small, quick circular movements, massage all the crevices and spirals of the ear. Use the surface of the nails of your index fingers, or the pads of your middle fingers.
3. Throat massage – to beautify your neck. Put the fingers of one hand on one side of your throat and the thumb on the other. Make rapid circular motions up and down the throat. Repeat with the other hand.
4. Gum stimulation – for glowing gums.
With fingertips or knuckles, make circles just above the jawline along the gums.
5. Under-chin slaps – to sharpen your jawline.
Slap quickly and lightly under your chin 30 times with the back of one hand.
6. Hair massage – to stimulate hair growth and soothe headaches.
With the pads of your fingertips, massage in small circles all along the front of your scalp for at least 30 seconds. Then take large fistfuls of hair and gently pull upwards. Now clench your hands into fists and lightly pound your scalp about 20 times.
7. Face stroking – to soothe, relax and generally uplift face and mind. N.B. This is not massage but very superficial stroking. Start with the flat of your right hand against your chest and stroke up to your jawline, then immediately follow with your left. Continue alternating like this for at least ten strokes.
Next, immediately smooth the palms and fingers of your hands over your face – very, very lightly. Start at the jawline, move up and over your cheeks and each side of your nostrils, gently over the eyes and over the forehead to the hairline, then back down the sides of your face to your jaw. Repeat five to ten times in a continuous motion.
Now glide your middle fingers towards the bridge of your nose, out along your eyebrows, down your cheekbones and back to the bridge of your nose. Make ten of these light circular movements.
Then, with your middle fingers on the bridge of your nose, stroke up towards your forehead. Place all fingers (not thumbs) on your forehead and smooth outwards towards your temples; hold for a moment, pressing down slightly. Continue lightly down the side of your face, back along the cheekbones and up from the bridge of your nose. Do this ten times.
8.Temple pressure – to lift eye area and whole face. Leaning back in a chair, place the base of your palm or the pads of your fingertips against your temples and push upwards. At the same time, suck your tongue against the top of your mouth keeping your back teeth together. Hold this for a count of ten, increasing to 20. Slowly release and relax.
9. Exercise your mouth – to lift lip lines.
Sit or stand, looking into a mirror. Open your mouth quite wide, as if about to yawn. Pull in the sides to form an oval. Now curve your lips over your teeth. Then, very slowly to the count of ten, close your lips until they are about 1.5cm (1/2in) apart. You will feel an upward pull. Release very slowly.
10. Finish by closing your eyes for a few moments, breathing deeply and gently and allowing yourself to drift off into a peaceful place – a summer garden, a warm deserted beach or, Eva’s favourite, the clouds.
TIP Eva’s preferred body exercise video is the Medau technique by Lucy Jackson.