What is Face Yoga?
The Science Behind Face Yoga
Benefits of Face Yoga
- Natural Facelift: Face Yoga can be your secret to a natural facelift. It promotes better circulation and collagen production, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Relaxation: Many of the exercises in Face Yoga involve relaxing your facial muscles. This can alleviate tension and reduce stress, leaving you with a more serene and youthful appearance.
- Improved Muscle Tone: Just as body exercises tone and strengthen your muscles, Face Yoga works on your facial muscles. This can enhance the contours of your face, giving it a more defined and youthful look.
- Cost-Effective: Unlike expensive beauty treatments or cosmetic procedures, Face Yoga is a cost-effective method to rejuvenate your appearance.
- Non-Invasive: Face Yoga is entirely non-invasive, making it a safe and risk-free way to look and feel better.
Getting Started with Face Yoga
- Learn the Basics: Begin with some fundamental Face Yoga exercises. There are various online resources, videos, and books available to help you get started.
- Regular Practice: Like any exercise routine, consistency is key. Aim to practice Face Yoga daily for best results.
- Start Gradually: Start with a few exercises and gradually add more to your routine as you become more comfortable.
- Stay Hydrated and Eat Well: A balanced diet and proper hydration also play a crucial role in maintaining a youthful appearance.
- Enjoy the Process: Have fun while doing Face Yoga. It’s a relaxing and enjoyable practice that can be incorporated into your daily self-care routine.
Some Beginner Face Yoga Exercises
(*Note: Try not to wrinkle your face too much or squint while performing these exercises, which can be counterproductive. Focus of lifting and expanding instead.)
Use your fingers to form “binocular” shape around your eyebrows, cheeks and across the face. Lift your eyebrows without wrinkling the forehead too much, then squint and then lift them again. Aim to repeat about 50 times.
2. Forehead Lifter
Interlace your fingers over your forehead and apply light pressure while attempting to lift your forehead. Repeat 50 times, and/or hold for up to one minute.
Another way to do this is to place both palms on your temples, push your palms up and back to lift the sides of your face, then hold for five seconds and keep repeating.
3. Cheek Lifter
Open your mouth wide, keep your teeth covering your lips and lift your cheeks. Hold for 10 seconds, then return to normal. Aim to repeat 50 times. (Try not to squint while lifting.)
4. Neck and Jaw Stretch
Tilt your face upward slightly, then lift your chin up and forward at a 45-degree angle and over toward one shoulder, holding there for three seconds. Return back to center, then repeat to the other side. Repeat 20 times on each side, or aim to keep repeating for one or several minutes straight.
Another good way to stretch and strengthen your neck and jaw (only if you have no neck issues) is to tilt your head all the way back and hold, repeating for up to a minute.
5. Pucker Lips
Pucker your lips, loosen them slightly and repeat. Repeat for up to one or several minutes.
Smile 50 times without wrinkling your eyes, then hold a soft smile for 50 seconds straight.
7. Massage + Face Savasana
Clean your hands and face with a gentle cleanser, then massage your face all over (you may want to use coconut oil to make this easier). Gently press your fingertips into your facial muscles to relieve any strain. Make sure to pay attention to your “third eye” (the space between your brows), massaging for 30 minutes and circling around your eyes. (You may want to try using your fits around your forehead and eyes too.)
Finish with a warm towel laid over your face as you lay down and relax.