Praised by natural beauty Megan Markle. It can enliven your skincare routine while creating a more healthy, youthful appearance. A new study published by the New York Times shows that it can make you look 3 years younger. As it turns out, the secret to a firmer, younger looking skin might not only be in the products, but in facial exercises such as Facial yoga.
Intuitively it makes a lot of sense. If we are holding a lot of stress and tension in our shoulders, neck, and facial muscles, wouldn’t that contribute to a tired look? If exercise helps to keep the rest of our body in a good shape, wouldn’t the same apply to our face?
The benefits of Facial yoga
According to Facial yoga expert Danielle Collins, by regularly practicing Facial yoga you may notice one or more of the following:
- Reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Lifting and firming of the skin
- Improved skin tone
- Fewer headaches and less eye strain
- A release of stress and tension
- A new energetic appearance to the face with a healthy glow
- A holistic feeling of wellbeing which can benefit the mind and body
How it works
The basic premise of Facial yoga is that it helps to increase blood circulation to the face, neck, scalp and hair, enriching every cell with more oxygen and nutrients.
According to Happy Face Yoga, one of the leading facial-exercise programs, the exercises help to restore the muscle tissue, elasticity and tone for a wonderful, glowing, youthful look. By effectively working the facial and neck muscles we help to reduce the impact of time, gravity and stress that may be showing on our faces.
Danielle Collins explains to DNA India that her method includes:
“regular massaging to improve blood circulation, remove toxins, and reduce puffiness and dark circles. The massage techniques also increase collagen and elastin that are natural plumping agents. The relaxation method helps reduce the deep set of lines and wrinkles that are caused by stress and frequent squinting. Also, acupressure is used to increase circulation, boost energy, which reduces headaches and tension. The combination of these methods yields great results, giving a youthful appearance.”
Essentially, Facial Yoga helps to strengthen the mind-muscle connection by using a mix of hands-on techniques such as massage, acupressure points, visualization and yoga breathing techniques.
What I really love about the practice is that not only is Facial Yoga incredibly relaxing, but it can help take everyday stress and tension off your face, while boosting your energy levels.
Establishing a routine
As with anything, it’s all about establishing a routine if you want to see results. I recommend incorporating Facial Yoga into your morning or evening beauty routine, that way it becomes a natural part of your day. It doesn’t have to take long, I suggest starting with just 5 minutes. Let’s be honest about it, we’re all busy. When you have established the routine you can start to build up to 15-20 min a day. This is what Facial experts such as Danielle Collins recommend.
Why not begin right away with some of the simple exercises below?
Facial Yoga sequence
Eye Booster (may help reduce puffiness and dark circles)
Headache go away (help reduce stress and tension)
Get that glow (great for circulation and toning)
Have you ever tried Facial yoga? Did you enjoy any of the exercises above? I'd love to hear your comments or questions!
Certified Yoga Teacher