Facial yoga 101

Facial yoga 101

If you’ve heard of face yoga or stumbled upon it during a late night TikTok scroll, you might have a few questions. For starters, does it involve practicing crow pose with your face or balancing on your forehead? Fortunately no.

Rather, facial yoga is a practice of exercising, strengthening and toning the muscles of the face, neck and jaw to improve their appearance. It can help smooth the complexion and reduce fine lines. It’s also easy for anyone to try: Face Yoga doesn’t require a studio membership and can be practiced anywhere. Swap your mat for a mirror and you’re in for a face workout.

Face yoga has gained traction on social media, with a whopping 1.9 billion views on TikTok alone. “Its accessibility and affordability make it appealing to a large audience,” he said Nazmen Khaliqbeautician and founder of Resuscitation rooma spa-like treatment center offering facial yoga classes.

With airbrushing apps at everyone’s fingertips, it’s hard to know if face yoga really works from social media posts alone. According to a study published by the National Institute of Health (NIH)30 minutes of facial exercises over a 20-week period slightly improved volume in the middle and lower face in middle-aged female participants. Dermatologists and skin specialists generally endorse the practice as safe and effective.

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Face the benefits of yoga

According to Khaliq, face, neck and jaw exercises can:

  • Improve muscle tone
  • Promote a restful, more youthful appearance
  • Increases blood circulation and oxygen flow
  • Detoxify the skin
  • Drain the lymphatic system
  • Reduces puffiness and brightens your complexion
  • Provide a more sculpted look

“Targeted exercises are believed to strengthen the underlying muscles, leading to better skin support and potentially minimizing the signs of aging,” she said.

Who can practice face yoga?

From young people who want to keep their skin supple and ward off the signs of aging to those looking for a natural way to improve the look of their skin, any healthy person can incorporate facial yoga into their wellness routine. But Khaliq said it’s not for everyone. If you have had recent facial surgery, injuries to the face or neck, or suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, or are pregnant, you should speak to a healthcare professional (HCP) before trying facial yoga. If you get fillers or injectables for your face or neck, you’ll need to wait until those areas have completely healed before starting or resuming facial yoga.

You may want to consider learning how to do the exercises from qualified instructors to make sure you’re doing them correctly. If you don’t use the right muscles, you could run the risk of creating deeper lines instead of minimizing them.

Health benefits of facial yoga

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How much, if any, can stretching and facial massage contribute to your overall health? People with a dedicated facial yoga routine can relieve tension headaches, reduce stress, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and improve sleep and gut health, she said Brooke Jeffy, MD, a dermatologist in Scottsdale, Arizona. He said facial yoga can also have a positive effect on your mental health. “When we feel calm and confident in our appearance, there is a snowball effect throughout our entire body. We feel more comfortable in our relationships and in our interactions with others.” Reducing stress has a positive impact on our mood and can help us focus on self-care and what makes us happy.

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Facial yoga routine and results

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You don’t need to set aside an hour of the day to practice facial yoga. Danielle Collins, creator of The face yoga method, recommends at least 20 minutes a day, six days a week. Like any workout routine, consistency is the key to optimizing results. But anything is better than nothing, according to Collins, and facial yogis may start noticing slight improvement right away and long-term improvements to their face and neck after two weeks.

Collins recommends these three simple exercises for facial yoga newbies with step-by-step instructions.

1. The owl

Thanks to their large saucer-like eyes and extra eyelids, no other animal looks as alert as the owl. These exercises firm the forehead and reduce lines and wrinkles.

  1. Form a large “C” with your thumbs and forefingers.
  2. Place your index fingers just above and parallel to your eyebrows and your thumbs on your cheeks.
  3. Pull down with your index fingers while raising your eyebrows and widening your eyes.
  4. Hold the position for two seconds, relax and repeat.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 three more times.
  6. Hold this position for 10 seconds.

2. Circle the eyes

The eyes are more than a window to our soul: they also broadcast a sleepless night to the world. Reduce dark circles and under eye puffiness and remove toxins with the following movements.

  1. Place your middle finger on the outer edge of your brows.
  2. Gently dab around the eyes, tracing the tops of the brows and continuing under the eye to the tops of the cheekbones.
  3. Continue tapping the inner corners of the eye.
  4. Repeat, moving in the opposite direction and making small patting motions. This aims to reduce eye wrinkles, increase circulation and relax the muscles.
  5. With your index fingers, gently stroke under the eyes four times from the nose outward to relax the eye area.

3. Gooseneck

Graceful and elegant, swan necks are a thing of beauty. This exercise lifts and tones the neck muscles and tightens lines and wrinkles on the sides of the neck and face.

  1. Look straight ahead with your chin up.
  2. Turn your head to the right, also with your right shoulder, and tilt your head back. Hold the position for six to eight seconds.
  3. Go back to step 1. Turn your head to the left and also with your left shoulder. He tilts his head back and hold for 6-8 seconds.
  4. Repeat the exercise three times.
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