This New Skin-Care Regimen Is Like a HIIT Workout for Your Face

When you’re figuring out your fitness schedule and deciding which days to dedicate to which

When you’re figuring out your fitness schedule and deciding which days to dedicate to which muscle groups, don’t forget about the ones in your face. Exercising the area above your neck stimulates blood circulation and collagen production, boost your lymphatic drainage system (your body’s natural detoxification network), and increases cell renewal, according to Inge Theron, founder of FaceGym, which has studios in New York, London, and Los Angeles. She’s a pioneer of non-invasive facial workouts to sculpt your visage, and she just launched a new high-performance product line, FaceGym Skincare: Prep, Train, Recover, so you can exercise your facial muscles from the comfort of your own bathroom.

Sort of like a high-intensity workout, it utilizes self-massage techniques, such as knuckling, pinching, and whipping strokes, plus four products, to put your face through a warm up, cardio period, and then cool down. And as is the case with other at-home workout, there are online classes you can follow along.

a woman sitting at a table: face gym's prep train recover routine

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face gym’s prep train recover routine

Understanding that, with any new routine—fitness or otherwise—consistency is key, Theron focused on simplicity for her new skin-care range. “We can all take 5 to 10 minutes to invest in ourselves and our skin,” she says. “And since you can see the results instantly, and they only get better over time, you’re more motivated to do the steps and the movements that go with them.”

Throughout the various stages, FaceGym Skincare: Prep, Train, Recover incorporates the following products which are all beautifully packaged (hello #shelfie?!), recyclable, refillable, and the result of three years of research and development.

Gallery: Do Stretch Mark Removal Creams Actually Work? Here’s the Truth (Good Housekeeping)

text, letter: Different types lines appear on our bodies as we age throughout the years, from wrinkles to stretch marks. Stretch marks are the long, narrow lines that, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, develop when our skin stretches (or shrinks!) quickly, causing the collagen and elastin support network to rupture. Depending on your skin color, stretch marks can range from red, to purple, to dark brown, and commonly crop up on the abdomen, hips, thighs, and/or breasts, usually around puberty and during pregnancy: In fact, a 2015 study in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology found that more than half of all pregnant women will develop stretch marks during pregnancy. Though millions of people develop stretch marks at some point in their lives, many strive to get rid of them as quickly as they show up. If you're looking to disguise or get rid of your stretch marks, here's everything you need to know:Do stretch mark creams actually work?Unfortunately, most stretch marks can't be fully removed, confirms Manish Shah, M.D., a plastic surgeon based in Colorado. This is because stretch marks are technically breaks in the skin, which are difficult to repair. However, he says that there are ways to soften the appearance of stretch marks by improving the collagen content of the skin and getting the color to fade with time.The best way to treat stretch marks is with prevention: make sure that your skin is healthy and strong."Dietary fish oil supplements can help keep the skin hydrated and elastic, vitamin C supplements ensure that you make good quality collagen, and the use of moisturizers and sunscreen protects the skin from continuing damage," says Dr. Shah. For at-home stretch mark treatment, Dr. Shah says the best thing to do for a new stretch mark"is to vertically massage the stretch mark and cover it with sunblock to soften and fade it." Birnur Aral, Ph.D, director of the Beauty Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, suggests"products that can increase elasticity of skin before the stretching injury happens." She suggests looking for"cohort topicals with hyaluronic acid (a powerhouse humectant), and tretinoin, a prescription retinol cream." However, pregnant women should consult their doctors for recommendations: certain collagen- and elastin-producing ingredients can be iffy for use during pregnancy.Below, a list of the best products to prevent stretch marks, help heal them once they've formed, and even help to temporarily disguise them.

Electro-Lite Energizing + Brightening Gel Cleanser — $38.00

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Hydro-Bound Hyaluronic Acid + Niacninamide Serum — $68.00

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Youth Reformer Firming Vitamin C + Nootropic Oil-In-Serum — $98.00

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Supreme Restructure Firming EGF Collagen Boosting Cream — $120.00

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Each one is intended to energize your face because Theron is a firm believer that skin care doesn’t have to be sleepy. You can save those restorative masks for you nighttime routine.

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