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Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:09 pm      Reply with quote
I will take rest for a week and then do Day 1 exercises 3x/week and Day2 2x per week rest on weekends..

During the rest week, can I do day 3/day4 massage on these days? is it okay to do the massages daily/ multiple times a day? they are so quick and easy..i imagine, unlike exercise, one can't massage too much?

also the pinching/tugging of skin.. is that okay to do more than once a day? even around the eyes? and okay to do the tugging on rest days as well?

Also i was doing the exercises just before bed.. i dont know if it matters but i've a tired face and certainly more tired by night..maybe not the best time to exercise? maybe i should only exercise when face feels refreshed? Loulou please let me know your thoughts on this. Thanks.
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Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:11 am      Reply with quote
Hi Vandu 🙂


overtraining won't have any negative effects at all in the long term. You just need to allow your face more time to rebuild and rejuvenate itself before you see your face lifting and tightening. Even if you've pulled at your face constantly for days on end it will still recover and it will still look great. It's just not much fun having a tired worn-out face until the repairs get chance to happen, and you might as well do small amounts of training and keep your face looking fresh and rested most of the time because it's just as effective.

You can do the massages during your rest week, but it might be best to have a complete rest so that you can see your face looking its best without any post-training tiredness. But as I say, it will always, always recover no matter how much you do to it.

In terms of effectiveness, it's fine to exercise your face any time of day, too. Before bed is probably a good time because the muscles and skin are guaranteed a complete rest afterwards.

All best, loulou

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Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:28 am      Reply with quote
Vandu, about your eyes.


The heaviness you describe is one of the quickest and easiest issues to reverse; it's caused by the weakening of the tiny muscle that opens the eyelid (the levator palpebra).

It is almost always weak on older women. Tightening it immediately opens the eye wider and makes the eyes look bigger, and exercise 9, lift eyelids, takes about 20 seconds twice per week 😎

You'll see results for this very quickly.

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Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:37 am      Reply with quote
Thanks so much Loulou..great to know can't overtrain..i definitly prefer to take it easy so i'll stick to the 5x/week with breaks on weekend.. and i'm taking a 1 week break as well for now since i was doing 7x/week.

i didnt' think the massage and pulling themselves can create tiredness..i thought the more pulling the better..ie., the quicker the skin gets thicker?

but sounds like your'e saying it's okay to take a break from all this when i take break from exercises..
well i prefer to avoid the overtired look when my face normally looks tired anyway lol.

otherloulou wrote:

You can do the massages during your rest week, but it might be best to have a complete rest so that you can see your face looking its best without any post-training tiredness.
All best, loulou
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Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:41 am      Reply with quote
In the Ageless book Loulou says month on month off helped her achieve results without overtraining/overtiring her face right?

so do any of you do this? Loulou do you advise doing this from the beginning or after training say 5x/week for several weeks? or...after seeing some results?

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Okay like the poster above says, Loulou is best to answer your questions.


Month on month off isn’t a good idea. You want to be consistent but you want to have sufficient downtime. .
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i've had this heaviness of the lids from an early age..what causes the weakening of the tiny muscles that open the eyelid? i mean, what causes it prematurely..like in late 20's early 30's? just curious if anyone has any ideas? i mean the look is not the same..it's like my eyes look more aged through the day..starting with open eyes in the mornning.

i'm wondering if the muscle weakness could be hereditary..i see the heavy lids on my dad's side.

..these exercises are supposed to help your face go back to a more youthful look..but what if one always had somewaht sunken gaunt look? and i my case..also the heavy lids.. i've also always had the bags..

can the ageless exercises, in some cases.. help people achieve a quality they never really had?

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Vandu, about your eyes.


The heaviness you describe is one of the quickest and easiest issues to reverse; it's caused by the weakening of the tiny muscle that opens the eyelid (the levator palpebra).

It is almost always weak on older women. Tightening it immediately opens the eye wider and makes the eyes look bigger, and exercise 9, lift eyelids, takes about 20 seconds twice per week 😎

You'll see results for this very quickly.
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Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:27 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Vandu, like the muscles the skin needs down time to rebuild and thicken. it will happen, but if you keep breaking the tissue down it will take a longer rest before it's repaired and looking wonderful. All best, loulou




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Thanks so much Loulou..great to know can't overtrain..i definitly prefer to take it easy so i'll stick to the 5x/week with breaks on weekend.. and i'm taking a 1 week break as well for now since i was doing 7x/week.

i didnt' think the massage and pulling themselves can create tiredness..i thought the more pulling the better..ie., the quicker the skin gets thicker?

but sounds like your'e saying it's okay to take a break from all this when i take break from exercises..
well i prefer to avoid the overtired look when my face normally looks tired anyway lol.

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Weakness of the upper lid muscle may be hereditary, but you can beat your genes by training the levator labii muscle, just as you can overcome weakness in any other part of the body by making it do progressively harder work 😎

Ive had this heaviness of the lids from an early age..what causes the weakening of the tiny muscles that open the eyelid? i mean, what causes it prematurely..like in late 20's early 30's? just curious if anyone has any ideas? i mean the look is not the same..it's like my eyes look more aged through the day..starting with open eyes in the mornning.

i'm wondering if the muscle weakness could be hereditary..i see the heavy lids on my dad's side.

..these exercises are supposed to help your face go back to a more youthful look..but what if one always had somewaht sunken gaunt look? and i my case..also the heavy lids.. i've also always had the bags..

can the ageless exercises, in some cases.. help people achieve a quality they never really had?

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Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:43 am      Reply with quote
Vandu, in answer to your question, yes, I go at the eye area like every other part of my face and the tough love pays off. Shouldn't keep saying I look great, my face still has some issues but I'm really happy with the results the massage has given me 😎😎😎
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Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:55 pm      Reply with quote
Vandu, I've had wonderful results from the massage too. I have the massage program now but for a long time I just did the massage in the first book and followed it on the DVD. It's so quick, add it to your training and see!
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Hi ballerina, yes I just did the general massage from the original program too for several weeks. I had the Ageless special massage book, but only started to use it when I wanted a change, not because it was necessary. I advise anyone who wants to start just to get the first book and go with that. As I keep sayinh, I look great 😂😂😂Lenny
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Finally I've read through this entire thread! I started the Ageless exercises recently and found that I have worsening of my nasolabial folds, like some have experienced on here there's a puffiness above the fold which makes them run deeper into my face. I'm 30 in a few months and have had deep nasolabial grooves all my life, my aim is to lift the cheeks as they've flattened over the years. My cheek bones are very flat but I have a lot of flesh in that area when I smile. I've emailed Steve who said he would pass on my photos and questions to Louise but I've heard nothing. I'm wondering if I should take a few weeks break from the exercises and then start again maybe once a week. I had also wondered if I should be engaging the nasalis muscle as well as the zygomaticus in the exercises which require you to smile upwards, it seems like my nasalis muscle is always getting used in these ones which may have caused a worsening. Although in the photos Louise looks like she is snarling with her smile which would engage this muscle. Like a few others I've read on here I do not really like doing the s*** beast nasolabial fold exercise it makes them look and feel worse. Not sure whether to just brave this and keep going or stop because things look to be worsening
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Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:09 am      Reply with quote
Thanks all for your answers, and for letting me know how important massage is.

Some questions:

I'm planning to do Day 1 exercises 3x/week and Day 2 2x/week and weekends off. Adding massage to that.. and without overtiring my face..

-Is it best to also alternate the Day 3 and Day 4 massage.. say for example one week doing Day 3 with Day 1 exercise and Day 4 with Day 2 exercise?
-Is it okay to do the pulling/tugging along with Day 3/4 massages?

-Is it okay to do the massages apart from the exercises? Like massage in morning and exercise at night. or.. is it better to do it all at once and let then let the face have a break for 24 hrs?

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Challenges in the exercises:

i'm finding two exercises in particular difficult...or rather, i just dont know if i'm doing right:
1) long neck.. the idea is to tighten the jaw right?
i pull some skin on neck, look up, mouth apart.. and then i tense..but it's so subtle..nor do i always feel my skin move. sometimes i do. any other tip for really feeling the platysma? i was thinking..is it like making a deep "ughh" sound? dont know if that makes any sense lol. but when i sort of do a throaty deep ugh i think that engages my platysma.
when i do feel skin move..i think it's my throat muscle moves downward.

this is an important exercise for me since i've the jowlies.. so please help me get this right?

also is it possible for jawline to get more defined just by doing the cheek exercises? or is long neck crucial for smoothing out jowlyness?

2) I think i'm doing Lift Eyelids okay.. but WISH is tough for me simply because the area i pinch when i start rapidly shutting my eyes hurts. it's bony there and just hurts. if i pull in and anchor my thumb thats on temple, and press lightly with index finger at corner of eye..then it doesn't hurt to do the rapid shutting of eyes. but seems the finger at corner of eye is what needs to be anchored. anyway..and as i rapidly shut eyes that bony area hurts! i dont know.. maybe i just need to apply bit less pressure? i'm trying to experiment right now yet i dont want to overwork the area lol (just did these exercises last night). any pointers would be appreciated.
anyone else have this issue of hurting at bony area at the outer eye corner?

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Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:28 am      Reply with quote
Hi Vandu,

The cheek exercises pull the flesh up away from the jaw, which is by far the most important way to tackle them. The neck exercise does tighten the muscle that shapes the jaw but in general the jaw is hidden under flesh that's slid down from the upper and mid face.

The cheek muscles lift the flesh that's overhanging the jaw revealing the clean line underneath.

The neck exercise does tighten the area where it needs it but its main purpose is to thicken and tighten the skin of the neck. It's not always easy to feel which muscle you should be using, but if you just have a stab at them you'll benefit from the imperfect movement and learn to feel the muscle over time.

Same with Wish. If it's hurting to grasp the flesh then you should certainly press more lightly. Provided you're making it less easy to shut the eyes tight, the exercise will do you good. The face becomes incredibly strong and flexible after a few weeks training.

All best, loulou 😊

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Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:20 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks so much Loulou for replying about these exercises..definitely feel better knowing i'm doing good even if i'm not totally good at/comfortable with doing them all. and i'm quite comfortable with doing the cheeks Smile gosh i feel a burn sometimes.

Would love to hear people's response to my question about massage.

Another question..i understand that over training is nothing terrible but just causes face to get tired.. but i'm curious...does that mean our problem areas can look worse? like if i over train my cheeks and dont take breaks my jowls could look more pronounced? or over training eyes they may look more sunken and baggy? just curious because i do notice a little of this at times.. i'm not over training anymore i just have a face that tends to look tired so perhaps more sensitive to any exercise. though as Loulou says, perhaps i look even more tired when i look in the mirror at my flaws..i totally get that.

anyway, just curious if this is what face looking tired means..and if others have experience more pronounce of their problem areas. thanks.
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Snorkmaiden,
Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I just can't manage to look at everyone's photos. There just aren't enough hours in the day, but I'm happy to address any issues here.

My answer to people who send photos is always the same. The programme is designed to target the muscles that make the face youthful and attractive. You can't overbuild any of the muscles, you simply pull your face up higher! The only exception is Crush, which pulls the cheeks in for a sculpted look that many people prefer to avoid. Otherwise the Ageless exercises will only make the face better.

If you have an issue with n/ls you cm rest assured that pulling the face upward will only benefit them in the long term. They're caused by the downshift that causes jowls and the apparent loss of fat in the upper face, a downturned mouth and various other unwelcome developments.

Ageless pulls the whole face up and outward in one piece. Try not to focus on the n/l issue. It's conceivable that your face is temporarily looking worse, but it's not possible to worsen n/ls or any other issue by the upward-outward movement of the bulk of the face. It's what a surgical facelift does.

Loulou

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Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:22 am      Reply with quote
Hi again snorkmaiden 😊

I'm so sorry, I entirely missed the point of your post. I thought it was the n/l issue that was concerning you!

About your cheeks. I'd like to say first that you have a very, very beautiful face. Your pics got me thinking about the word-class beauties who have flat upper cheeks. Jerry Hall, the young natassja kinski, iman, Greta Garbo are all relatively flat in the cheek area. This is already your face and it'd be great if you realised what already have!

Having said that, you hit on the basis of Ageless when you say that when you smile you have a lot of flesh in the area. The cheek exercises are basically smile exercises and will pull the face permanently higher and closer to what you get when you smile. There's a little increase in volume, but the biggest change comes from carrying your face higher and always being poised to smile.

Look after yourself, loulou 😘

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Loulou you are a sweetheart thank you for those replies and your lovely words. I have to say since taking a few more days break I can now see what you mean about how this them allows you to see the fruits of your labour. My nls still look deep but something about my face seems more animated in a good way. I went to lunch with a friend the other day and she said I was looking great which really surprised me because at the time I was feeling quite down about my face. I will continue on with the exercises, something very empowering about doing them 😊 thanks again I really appreciate your guidance! X
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Hi snorkmaiden, I'm so glad you're beginning to enjoy your young face. Very few women, including me, have ever had such a pretty face to begin with, so make the most of of it!

Thank you for your great feedback xx

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Thanks Lou lou and others for answering my endless questions. i just want to make sure i do just what's needed to avoid the side effects. i now realize for me doing day1/day2 twice a week is more than enough.. so Mon,tues,(skip wed) th, fri, weekend off.

If someone can answer my questions re massage i'd really appreciate:
is doing tugging/pulling skin along with the day 3/4 massage too much? should i only stick with one technique on each day?

and is doing massage 2-3 a week more than enough?
so say one day: Day 3 massage plus some pulling/tugging,
another day: Day 4 massage plus pulling/tugging,
and another day: maybe both Day3 and Day 4? with some pulling/tugging?

if above sounds too much please let me know a better way as my face does have tendency to easily look and feel tired if i do too much. yet i do enjoy the massage and pulling Smile

thanks so much.
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Dear Vandu

There really isn't much adjustment necessary in terms of what exercises you include and how often you do then. Just as I haven't left anything out of the Ageless programme to save time (it included all the muscles that lift or tighten the face) the programme allows the perfect amount of exercise to train the muscles hard and allow proper recovery and growth.

You can either alternate days 1 and 2 or if you have the Massage Book you can follow a sequence day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 1, rest 2 days. The basics don't differ from face to face, you just need to give your face a rest when you look tired 😴

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Posting to all Ageless users
I did Ageless a couple of years ago and was overjoyed at the way my face improved. I've been pretty happy with it since, maybe doing the program once a month to maintain the results I achieved in the early days, but I've returned to doing it twice a week again and WOW that's made a huge difference.
I was happy because I didn't have sag, but getting going again has given my face that kind of bursting with health, youthful look I'd forgotten about. Also I think I'm still seeing slight good overall changes, my jaw is firmer and my undereye area smoother than it's been for years.
So to all the experienced Ageless users here, keep up the good work because you still get the rewards long, long after the spike your looks gt in the firs few weeks.
Lou Lou I'm sorry for complaining about your prices. Hope this post shows how I appreciate you
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Hi ballerina 😎

Great to hear you're still getting lovelier!

I agree that there's a tendency for people to think they've 'done' Ageless when they've addressed the obvious sag that plagues older women.

It's worth remembering that Ageless also affects the immediate fitness of the face and like a gym body it's not just about addressing its problems, and making it look younger; the face does have extra life when it's treated as a living, functioning thing rather than a decorative mask covering your real face.

Thanks so much for the great feedback 😎

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Loulou, does this apply to the massage as well? After a few weeks I'm more than happy with the difference the massage exercises have made to my face and was going to cut down on the hands on stuff and concentrate on working with my neck with cosmeceuticals and lasers but if the massage is going to continue on its upward curve I'll go back to basics. Once again, my only issue now is my neck, I want to concentrate on that. I know the massage is working there but do I need to keep doing the
Other massage exercises? Thanks, lenny
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