With only 10 minutes a day, you will release tension and strengthen the 57 muscles of your face, improving your appearance, and minimizing lines.
The muscles of our face are not different from those of any other part of the body. However, we rarely exercise them. To have more beautiful legs, more sculpted arms, or defined abs, we know what we have to do, but couldn't we do the same with our face? Can we also tone it by exercising? The answer is yes, and this is what facial yoga is based on.
Although in traditional yoga there are no specific postures for the face, what facial yoga does is apply many of its principles to train the muscles of the face and thus maintain a more elastic skin, eliminate wrinkles and release stress.
An effective method:
This discipline contradicts everything that most of us have been thinking up to now. And it is that the most normal thing is to believe that making faces or pronounced gestures are causing wrinkles and expression lines. This is one of the reasons why most skeptics have questioned its effectiveness.
However, a recent study from Northwestern University has been able to demonstrate the effectiveness of facial yoga if practiced consistently. In the study, published in the journal JAMA Dermatology and The New York Times, images of the participants were shown to independent dermatologists from both before, intermediate point of the process, and after. They estimated that, after 20 weeks of daily practice, the women appeared, on average, three years younger than in the photos at the beginning of the study.
Benefits of facial yoga:
1. Prevents facial sagging.
2. Smooth out wrinkles.
3. Activates the lymphatic system improving the tone and appearance of the skin.
4. Improves bags and dark circles.
5. Improves double chin and double chin.
6. Activates the blood supply and helps restore the metabolic functions of the skin to regenerate and manufacture new collagen.
7. It helps to identify patterns or gestures that age us and to re-educate our gestures.
8. Calm and positive attitude.
9. Contributes to the energy balance of the entire body. There are more than 200 facial reflexology points on the face.
7 exercises you can try at home
By practicing these exercises for just 10 minutes a day, you will notice the difference in weeks. You can start with 3 minutes of facial exercises a day and increase them. Here we explain everything so you can get started!
Thanks to these exercises you will tone the muscles of your face, improve the appearance of your skin, minimize expression lines, and also release the tension you may not even notice you're holding, especially along the jawline.
Stress is the number one cause of the appearance of wrinkles and dull skin, so you will have to be consistent and dedicate a couple of minutes daily to relaxing your mind and face. You do not need the help of any tools such as quartz gua sha or the facial roller, so incredibly popular recently. All you need is a mirror, your hands, and a little time.
The most recommended is that you do the yoga exercises indicated for the face before going to sleep, after carrying out your facial routine.
The neck area is the first to denote the signs of age. To lift and tone the muscles in this area, follow this routine. Facing forward, turn your head to the right until it is aligned with your right shoulder. In this position, tilt your head back and hold it for 6 to 8 seconds. Return to the starting position and do the same movement to the left side. Repeat three times.
Jowls and chin
Sit upright, with your chin pointed toward the ceiling until you can feel a very slight stretch in the neck muscles. Make a chewing motion with your jaw about 15- 20 times.
Erase those smile lines with this simple exercise: first of all, it is really important to keep smiling and laughing! not only it is good for your mental health, but it is also a great exercise to develop your cheek muscles. That being said, you can still tackle those smile lines by breaking down the tension from the inside with the help of your tongue!
Starting from your nose, where the line is deeper, tick your tongue inside your mouth and make a tiny circle on the labial line. Make 5 circles clockwise and 5 circles counterclockwise.
Eye circles and crow's feet
Face yoga can absolutely help with this problematic area. Start off this exercise by relaxing your shoulders and your back. Point your chin down to your chest and make an oval with your mouth. At the same time, look upward with just the eyes, it's really important to not move your head! You should feel a real stretch on your undereye area. Hold for 3 seconds and then tuck your upper lip inside your mouth, making an "ahh" face. Repeat this exercise only once a day and no more!
The lip plumper
Face yoga can not only improve your skin, but it can also make your lips look fuller! Start by gently tilting your head backward, chin up, pucker your lips tightly and push forward. Hold this pose for 10 seconds before releasing. This is an excellent exercise to get rid of fine lip lines and the lines on the corner of your mouth. Repeat 5 times.
If you want to plump your cheeks, there is a perfect exercise for that, too. Purse your lips together and smile the same way you do when applying blush. Place your fingers on both sides of your mouth, right under the apples of your cheek. Slide your fingers upwards as if trying to lift your cheeks. Repeat this exercise 8 times to achieve an amazing rejuvenated and youthful glow!
Finish your facial training session with this relaxing exercise. Gently tap your fingertips all over your face (this stimulates circulation). Then, rub the palms of your hands together until they are warm and place them over your closed eyes. Follow with deep breaths and relax all the muscles in your face.