People have been concerned with aesthetics and cosmetics already in antiquity. This was also true for the GDR. Even back then, a tired, aged and wrinkly skin was considered a disadvantageous feature. By wrinkling one's nose, raising and pulling together the skin of the forehead, pouting and squinting, parts of the dermal tissue and muscle activity are stressed only partially which eventually leads to unattractive wrinkles.
For cases like this, practicing face gymnastics has proven to be the method of choice; both in East Germany as well as elsewhere. The sporty activity occupies about 5-10 minutes a day and promises “astounding” success.
The best way to practice face gymnastics is to do it in the morning after cleaning your face. Simply use some lotion to moisturize the skin and you are ready to start with the workout. Sounds strange, but that is exactly what's intended: The conscious and controlled stress of otherwise inactive muscles and skin areas. This is how it works:
This method can also be incorporated into the face gymnastics routine.
In case of extreme symptoms of tiredness, when your eyelids just won't stay up and you don't have time to rest or to apply an energizing eye mask, these exercises are just right for you:
In case you have practiced everything correctly, all signs of tiredness should have disappeared by now and you will look awake and fresh again.
(Source: ABC der Kosmetik, Fachbuchverlag Leipzig, Franz Guske, 1960 )