A NEW craze that involves women pulling bizarre faces to look good is giving a whole new meaning to the Croydon facelift.
Maggie Gray, from Shirley, is offering women the chance to look years younger – without having to go anywhere near the surgeon's knife.
The 58-year-old is one of just five trained practitioners in the UK of the Eva Fraser method, a programme of facial exercises which are said to help to take 10 to 20 years off the appearance of your face.
How does it work? Simply by exercising the facial muscles as you would the rest of your body.
Maggie explained: "Imagine the wonderful improvement that exercise can do for your body. Well, we can do the same for the face.
"The muscles of the face are directly attached to the skin; when the muscles become weak they bring the skin down. People think it's the skin coming down, but it's the muscle that's bringing the skin down.
"So if you lift the muscle, the skin will also lift. It's as simple as that."
Facial exercising guru Eva Fraser has been teaching her method exclusively from her private studio in Kensington for the past 22 years.
She now has five UK disciples – including Maggie, who works out of her home in Birkdale Gardens.
Aurora Davis, who has been practising the exercises with Maggie for the past six months, is among the converts to the £150-a-session programme.
She said: "When I reached the age of 55, lines began to become very noticeable on my face. Maggie offered me the opportunity to look rejuvenated.
"Now I do not go to bed without exercising my face for 15 minutes because the results are amazing. I look, and more importantly, feel younger."
Maggie claims that, within four 90-minute sessions, she can give more mature women a look that is "miles away from Botox, collagen filler and cosmetic surgery".
She added: "You have to take the time to learn and perfect the exercises initially, but after that you can just work at it for 10-15 minutes day.
"The beauty of it is that you can fit it in to your lifestyle and look good at any age."
To find out more about the method, visit www.evafraser.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org