With World Yoga Day just behind us, we want to reflect on the importance of strength, flexibility, and regular training. If you haven’t already heard of face yoga, you may be interested to learn about this skincare routine that has become popular in recent years. Lovers of holistic health and natural skincare will appreciate the mindful moments this routine brings, as well as the results it can provide. Want to keep your facial muscles strong and naturally combat the signs of ageing? Discover everything you’ll want to know about face yoga, from how it works to how you can use it at home.
What is face yoga?
The facial fitness trend has taken over the holistic beauty world because of its noticeable results. For many, it is also a painless and natural alternative to Botox or plastic surgery. In simple terms, face yoga is a name for a group of facial exercises and positions that work muscles to tone and strengthen them. As the muscles get stronger, they provide a lifting effect on the face, smoothing out wrinkles and tightening sagging skin. Because wrinkles and sagging skin are common signs of ageing, face yoga appears to turn back the clock and keep people looking fresh faced.
How does face yoga work?
Yoga is all about stretching muscles, as well as slowly building strength and flexibility. As could be expected, face yoga has the same goal of relaxing and strengthening tired muscles but only focuses on those in the face. When face muscles are tired and overworked, they can lead to wrinkles which prematurely age us. Still, dedication is the name of the game when it comes to seeing results with this facial exercise. Here are some before and after photos of people who regularly practice face yoga.
Benefits of face yoga
Similar to facial massage, face yoga can boost blood circulation, which provides more nutrients and oxygen to the skin. Over time, this will allow for a natural glow and a brighter complexion as fewer toxins are floating about in the skin. Also, this exercise makes facial muscles stronger, thickening them and leaving the face looking plumper. In fact, it is the plumping that provides the natural lifting effect, especially near the cheeks and brows. Using face yoga and regular face massages that encourage lymphatic drainage and reduce swelling, you can craft an effective facial fitness routine to fight the signs of ageing.
Ways to use face yoga at home
Bear in mind that everyone’s face is different thus results will vary from person to person. However, with dedicated daily practice, within two weeks you are guaranteed to see some results. There’s no need to do hours of face yoga a day, as a simple 20-minute routine will suffice. Want to incorporate this facial exercise into your routine? Here are some exercises from face yoga expert Danielle Collins that you can do at home:
- The V – Tackle drooping eyelids, puffy eyes and dreaded crow’s feet with this facial exercise. First, press both your middle fingers onto the corner of your eyebrows and follow up by doing the same with your index finger on the outer corner of the eyebrow. Next, focus your gaze upward to pull the skin below the eyes up. Finally, repeat this exercise 6 times and finish by tightly closing your eyes as you count to 10.
- Smooth the Brow – Unfurrow your brow and erase those thinking lines with this forehead exercise. First, turn your hands inwards until they are facing each other and place them on your forehead. Your fingers should cover all the space between the eyebrows and your hairline. After that, apple light pressure and slowly sweep your fingers across your forehead. Finally, repeat the exercise 10 times.
- The Giraffe – This face yoga exercise smooths lines and any loose skin on the neck area. First, place your fingers at the bottom of your neck, tilt your head back and then massage the skin downwards. Then, lower your head down to your chest and repeat from the beginning, twice. Finally, with your head tilted back, push your lip all the way out until the corners of your mouth are pointing downward. Tilt your chin upwards and place your fingertips on your collar bones as you deeply breathe in four times.
Face yoga is a great technique to strengthen muscles, detoxify skin, and give your face a youthful glow. If you are hoping to continue your learning, take advantage of the current discounts on our eBooks. Also, WapoBeauty will be hosting a Mamas & Babies Skincare Workshop on March 27th. You can always find comprehensive skincare lessons in our Complete Facial Skincare Online Course for Beginners and discover how to make professional, safe, and stable natural beauty products. We invite you to enrol in the course where you will learn how to make a luxurious Hyaluronic acid serum, cleanser, cream, face mask, moisturiser, gel, lotion, serum, toner, mist, exfoliant, elixir, ointment and fresh cosmetics.
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