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Improve face shape with a daily face lift  

Facial massage is the best approach to reduce wrinkles and minimise a dull complexion in addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A facial massage not only boosts waste elimination and promotes blood circulation, but also increase skin elasticity. With a vigorous 2 minute daily routine the Blade exercises the soft tissues of the face against the underlying bone structure and this is done as a cosmetic or skin care lotion is applied. With a 2 minute daily routine the Trib face-shaper blade exercises the soft tissue mask that covers the entire face and neck to lift and improve overall appearance.

The tools above have a special grippy surface that when pressed against the face and systematically stroked in a generally upward direction, frictionally grips the skin as it slides and stresses and exercises the subcutaneous soft tissues below the skin, which although they are hidden, influence face shape.

Each stroke should be between half and two thirds the length of the tool followed by repositioning by lightly sliding back about one third the length of the tool, creating a zigzag motion shown by the broken line above until the entire neck and face is covered, roughly as illustrated by the arrows in the left hand diagrams. This rubbing exercise is best done while applying a cosmetic skin care lotion that also acts as a lubricant.

The lotion can be a functional cosmetic like a deep cleaning agent, a moisturizer, foundation or make-up remover or similar. The amount of lotion applied need only be enough to lightly wet the entire face and then upon pressing and rubbing harder the lotion, which is usually an oil in water emulsion thickens as water evaporates and consequently friction rises. As a guide press hard enough to feel gentle warming due to the sliding friction as the lotion thickens. The entire face and neck can be treated in about 2 minutes of rubbing.

Depending upon age and general health, a period of three to four months of regular daily exercise will provide many slight improvements that collectively makes the face look younger with improved shape and expressive features.

The areas of potential improvement being:

  1. the skin tightens and its elasticity is improved with less folds and wrinkles,

  2. the face and neck shape improves due to optimisation of adipose deposits (retained water and fat),

  3. muscle condition is improved, reducing jowls and lifting cheeks and expressive features lost through aging tend to reappear making the face look younger.

  4. vascular function is improved making skin clearer

The face lift actually operates at three levels

 1.      The first level is the Cutaneous tissue  - this is the skin, which has a strong water-proof outer layer that is constantly regenerating and whose health and appearance is improved by deep cleaning of the pores and exercise that stimulates capillary blood supply and lymph drainage, evidenced by the skin pinking up, making it tingle and feel more vibrant, with improved luminance (reflected light). The exercise trains the collagen and elastin fibre within the skin and as they regenerate they align more favourably and improve elasticity in the direction that the expressive muscles stretch the skin when gesturing and smiling. This may take up 3 months regular application to see a result such as crows feet becoming less evident as the natural regeneration of the newly trained skin fibres occur.

2.      The second level is the Sub-Cutaneous tissue, attached to underside of skin (the septa) - this region is also known as the hypodermis and acts as an insulation layer and energy store of fats and watery fluids. This layer affects the face shape. Fat levels vary widely which explains why some faces look plump and others look skinny! The actual levels of fat are fundamentally determined by our genetic codes and the exercise action optimises the fat distribution by stimulating regeneration according to the genetic instructions. The improvement can takes up to six months to stabilise.

3.      The third level is the deep fascia - this is a loose complex of collage fibres running throughout the body and is known as connective tissue that generally keeps things in place within the body. It also provides a conduit for nerves, arteries, veins and lymph ducts and it also carries further adipose deposits (fat) that again influence face and body shape.

The largest muscles within the face are the masseter or jaw muscles that largely shape the cheeks and operate the jaw bone, when these sag they create jowls and exercise reduces jowls. There are a further 50 or more tiny expressive muscles across the lower face, which are very thin sheet like muscles many of which are interconnected to provide complex linkages between the skin and the underlying bone to facilitate expressive facial gestures.  

Whilst the masseter can be exercised by clamping the jaw and massaging, it is impractical to exercise individual expressive muscles because of their small size, therefore they are treated as a group. By simultaneously tensing the face, including the jaw, the muscles contract, so the sliding tool grips the skin and pulls against the tensed muscles to exercise the entire soft tissue mask covering the entire face and neck. This method of stretching contracted muscles is known as resistance training, the same principle as used for strengthening arm and leg muscles by resistance training at the gym . This induces hypertrophy in muscles making them shorter and firmer as they become more efficient. The improved condition of the masseter is felt as it presses against the gum inside the mouth, felt within a couple of weeks or less. Also the jaw feels soon tighter in its sockets. With the more gradual reduction of jowls and neck flab, the face shape is slowly improved and there are less deep creases when smiling to give a softer more natural healthy and slightly younger look.


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The TribTech name derives from  "tribos" - Greek for 'rubbing'. 'TribTech' is a trade name used by Ball Burnishing Machine Tools Ltd. Registered Office 12 Brookmans Av. Hatfield, Herts. AL9 7QJ. United Kingdom;  Company Reg. No. 1408807, VAT Reg. No. 421 6210 04; a knowledge based company that develops, patents and licenses technology based on aspects of  tribology, the science of surfaces. All rights reserved by Ball Burnishing Machine Tools Ltd. Last modified: 29th Sept 2016 copyright 1999/2016. The information and data provided herein should be considered generally representative for the tools and technologies described. In all cases users should carefully evaluate the tools and technologies to determine their suitability for a particular purpose. Be aware this site uses cookies, your continued use implies you accept these.