Are face gyms nonsense?

Lift Those Cheeks! Tug That Mug! We’ll Look Younger Without Drugs!

Lift Those Cheeks! Tug That Mug! We’ll Look Younger Without Drugs!

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 14 2018 8:05 PM

Does Your Face Need a Workout?

I’m not raising my eyebrows maniacally, I’m *exercising.*

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A face of stone.

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On today’s Gist, is Sen. John McCain really the greatest political leader of all time?

Have you heard of face gyms? Beauty gurus are rushing to recommend exercises for the forehead, chin, and cheeks to look younger and healthier. Our expert bullshitologist Maria Konnikova is here to scrutinize the case for facial toning. Konnikova is a contributor to the New Yorker and the author of The Confidence Game.

In the Spiel, Salena Zito’s populist divining rod.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.