Your face is the first thing that starts showing the signs of aging. As you age, the production of collagen reduces and our skin loses its natural elasticity causing your face to look droopy. This is a good time to introduce an anti-aging cream into your beauty routine. However, just like your body needs to exercise and remain active to stay healthy, doing some simple face exercises everyday can take years off your face, giving you a toned look and healthy, glowing skin.
Unlike regular workout sessions, these exercises do not require going to the gym, they are so simple that these can be done while sitting on your desk at work. These facial exercises will stimulate collagen production to give you smoother looking toned skin. According to experts, these exercises show results in two to four months and if you continue doing them, you can delay the signs of aging for a long time.
So you’ve perfected your Downward Dog pose, but did you know anti-ageing facial yoga can given sunken cheeks and furrowed brows a lift, too? The idea behind is that you can help thicken the muscles so your features get a bit of extra ‘padding’ to plump them up.
‘By working all the layers of your skin correctly, facial massage at home can also increase blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells of the skin,’ says face yoga expert Danielle Collins. ‘The result is a clearer complexion with a healthy glow thanks to fewer toxins.’
Collins recommends that you do facial yoga for 20 minutes, six times a week. It may seem like a lot, but you’ll quickly see results quickly.
‘Everyone has different faces so the time it takes to see changes varies from person to person,’ she says. ‘As a general rule, you should start to see more of a long-term improvement in your face and neck after a fortnight.
‘After two to four months, the benefits include fewer fine lines and less tension.’
Below are five anti-ageing facial yoga exercises from The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method to get you started. Be sure to first apply products with a bit of slip, something like the best face serum or face oils, to avoid dragging or pulling your skin.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Eyes: The V
Drooping eyelids, crow’s feet, eye bags and puffiness.
Alternative to: Botox and eye surgery.
Press both middle fingers together at the inner corner of the eyebrows, then with the index fingers, apply pressure to the outer corners of the eyebrows.
Look to the ceiling, and lift the skin below the eyes upwards into a strong squint, and then relax.
Repeat six more times and finish by squeezing eyes shut tightly for 10 seconds.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Cheeks: The Smile Smoother
Good for: Cheek lines and sagging skin.
Alternative to: Lower face lift and fillers.
Make an ‘O’ shape with the mouth, hiding your teeth with your lips.
Smile widely while keeping the teeth hidden and repeat six times.
Next, hold the smile shape while placing one index finger on the chin. Then start to move the jaw up and down as the head tilts gently back. Relax and repeat twice more.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Forehead: Smooth The Brow
Good For: Horizontal forehead lines.
Alternative To: Botox.
Place both hands on the forehead facing inwards and spread all of the fingers out between the eyebrows and hairline.
Gently sweep the fingers outwards across the forehead, applying light pressure to tighten the skin.
Relax and repeat 10 times.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Brows: The Flirty Eyes
Good For: Deep eye hollows and drooping eyebrows.
Alternative To: Eyebrow lift.
Place an index finger under each eye, pointing towards the nose.
Hide the teeth and form an ‘o’ with your mouth.
Flutter the upper eyelids while gazing at the ceiling for 30 seconds.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Chin And Neck: The Giraffe
Good For: Lines and loose skin on the neck.
Alternative To: Neck or jowl lift.
Looking straight ahead, place the finger tips at the bottom of the neck and lightly stroke the skin downwards with the head tilted back.
Bring the head back down to the chest and repeat twice more.
Finally, jut the lower lip out as far as possible to pull the corners of the mouth down. Place your fingertips on the collarbone with the chin pointed upwards. Hold for four deep breaths.
Other easy facial exercises that will make you look younger in no time!
Chew a gumThis seems like the easiest thing to do, well guess what it is! However, you need to do it in moderation. Chewing gum is a form of facial exercise that helps fight signs of aging. It keeps your facial muscles steady and active which leads to firm skin and toned facial muscles. What’s more, it helps in smoothening out the skin. If you’re concerned about your health opt for sugar-free gums, this won’t cause dental or health problems yet get the work done. You will often find models chewing gums off duty as other than working out at the gym, this exercise keeps the skin on their face and neck toned and firm.
Neck and jaw firmer
Notice the difference in your skin’s luminosity and firmness after practicing this exercise for a few months. The neck and jaw firming facial exercise is designed to firm up and tone the neck and jaw area. Say goodbye to sagging skin without any cosmetic procedures or painful injections.
Step 1: Keep your mouth open and fold the lower lip inwards, hold tightly.
Step 2: Now extend your lower jaw outwards and then upwards so as to close your mouth.
Step 3: Tilt your head backwards and open and close the lower jaw at least 10 times.
Step 4: On the last round keep the lower jaw extended and hold the position for 20 seconds before resting.
Step 5: Repeat the whole sequence three times.
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Worried about laugh lines near your mouth and pouches on your face? Fret not, for we have found the right facial exercise to address this problem! It will give you toned, firm and healthy-looking skin if practiced regularly. Reduce sagging and wrinkles with just this one exercise!
Step 1: Keep your head straight and then smile. Make the smile as wide as possible without opening your mouth.
Step 2: Now wrinkle up your nose, this will contract the cheek muscles.
Step 3: Hold this position for five seconds and then relax your face again.
Step 4: Repeat this exercise 10 more
Lift them brows
Your eyebrows start to lose elasticity and firmness as you age. Once your brows start to sag your face will look dull and pale. However, you can avoid this by doing the brow lifting exercise. Take a few years off your face by doing this easy facial exercise every day.
Step 1: Using three fingertips of each hand press under your eyebrows so as to force them open.
Step 2: Now try to frown your eyebrows down on your fingertips.
Step 3: Hold this position and breathe deeply.
Step 4: Tightly close your eyes and roll your eyeballs upwards.
Step 5: Hold tight for 20 seconds. Keep breathing deeply.
Step 6: Relax and repeat three more times.
Whether you frown a lot or not, wrinkles on the forehead are common and we all want smoother looking skin. Even if you don’t have any fine lines on your forehead you can still do this exercise to prevent wrinkles from appearing. The forehead repair facial exercise will make this possible, here’s how…
Step 1: Place your index finger above your eyelid, just below your eyebrows.
Step 2: Now raise your eyebrows as you normally would while pulling down the skin with your index fingers so as to stretch the skin.
Step 3: Rest and repeat this exercise 10 times at a time.
Your face and neck both will benefit from the giraffe exercise. It focuses on the neck and helps tighten loose skin, reducing double chin while helping disappear fine lines and wrinkles. This facial exercise is considered to be one of the most effective one in giving your face a toned look.
Step 1: You can do this exercise while sitting or standing. Start by looking up and stretching your neck.
Step 2: Now try to push your tongue against the roof of your mouth.
Step 3: Another way to do this exercise is by pulling the skin on your neck downwards using your index fingers.
Step 4: Stretch and hold this position for 25 seconds.
Step 5: Rest and repeat a few more times.
This facial exercise is aimed at plumping up the lower part of your face. Tone and tighten your jaw and chin by doing this exercise for 5 minutes each day. Aptly named fish face, you may look like a pouting fish while doing this one, so you might want to do it at home. Or if you don’t really care what people think, you’re free to do it wherever you want!
Step 1: Open your mouth and suck your cheeks in as much as possible. The shape of your lips should look like the figure eight.
Step 2: Hold this position for at least 10 seconds and then release it.
Step 3: Repeat it 20 times in a span of three minutes.