Nowadays, wrinkles, sagging cheeks and double chins are considered among the biggest scares for women in their thirties. To combat these natural signs of aging, many women often turn to the advice of plastic surgeons and undergo more or less invasive, painful and often unnecessary surgical procedures.
Today, however, women are turning to alternative ways to combat ageing. They are therefore looking for various procedures that are completely non-invasive and significantly cheaper than beauty medicine. Facial yoga, or face yoga, is just such an alternative, involving various massages and exercises that stimulate the muscles, skin and lymphatic system. This technique is designed to soften and relax the facial muscles while relieving you of tension, stress and worry.
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What is face yoga?
Face yoga is a natural remedy that can produce lasting results. According to the recorded results, face yoga affectively strengthens the facial muscles, thereby enhancing the natural beauty of the facial contours and giving it a fresh and youthful look.
Danielle Collins, founder of Danielle Collins’ Face Yoga, explains the importance of living an overall healthy and balanced life. It is important to follow a sleep schedule, minimize stress and eat a healthy diet. The practice of face yoga then includes not only individual exercises, but also massage, relaxation and acupuncture.
How does facial yoga work to prevent skin aging?
Strengthened facial muscles help to smooth out wrinkles, massage helps to better circulate lymph and release tension, and acupuncture techniques help with blood circulation. Better circulation especially leads to a reduction in various puffiness and swelling or dark circles under the eyes. But facial yoga doesn’t just bring about an improved appearance, this practice also helps to relieve stress and can help with headaches, blocked airways and insomnia.
As it is a form of physical – albeit minimal – activity, face yoga also has a positive effect on mental health. This technique also incorporates yogic breathing, improving concentration and awareness. The relaxation of the muscles can also lead to the alleviation of unpleasant habits such as gnashing of teeth.
Different types of facial yoga – different results
It is possible to use your regular yoga practice to enhance the effect of facial yoga. Even common yoga asanas can be used to combat the signs of aging. Different forward bends help with blood circulation to the facial muscles, bringing oxygen to the skin cells and thus brightening the skin. Bends and twists help to firm the front of the neck muscles and the facial profile.
Slow types of yoga, in which individual asanas are held for longer periods of time, are especially beneficial for facial yoga. This includes Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga. Then focus on relaxing the muscles of the face and neck during meditation practice as well. And even during the individual asanas, then be aware of the individual muscles of the face. If they are in any tension, try to release that tension. At the same time, notice whether you wrinkle or raise your eyebrows as you do so.
Which specific parts of the face does face yoga work on?
Depending on your needs, you may want to focus your practice on a particular problem area. Tension often builds up in the forehead, brow and jaw areas. If you feel tension in these areas, try to focus on them in your yoga routine.
To alleviate the wrinkles that most often appear around the eyes, forehead and mouth, then choose massages and exercises that focus on these areas. It is also possible to choose exercises that will help you get rid of stress-related problems such as insomnia, headaches, migraines and sinusitis.
7 exercises to do at home
Do the exercises while you are comfortable. Stop or skip an exercise altogether if it makes you uncomfortable or even causes pain. Before exercising, wash your hands thoroughly and clean your skin. Use a serum, ointment or oil to make your hands glide better (especially during massage).
- Relieve tension – stimulating these acupressure points helps relieve strained eyes. This technique can be used during the day to give your eyes a break from the computer screen or before bed.
- Gently press on the inner corners of the eyes for about 30 seconds
- Then gently circle in one direction for 30 seconds
- Repeat in the opposite direction
- Circling around the eyes – This exercise improves blood circulation and thus reduces facial puffiness
- Place your ring fingers on the inside of the eyebrows at the root of the nose
- Gently tap the eyebrows with your finger towards the temple
- Gently press on the temple for a few seconds
- Tap your fingers over the cheekbone towards the inner corner of the eye
- Repeat the whole cycle for 30 seconds
- Forehead Smoothing – This exercise relaxes the frontalis muscle, or frontalis, which is the large muscle on the front of the forehead. This muscle is often overused, causing it to become stiff and cause horizontal wrinkles on the forehead.
- Place your fingertips in the middle of the forehead
- Gently press your fingertips into the middle of the forehead and trace the shape of the eyebrows to the temple with your fingers
- Repeat the movement again from the centre of the forehead
- Neck massage – This massage helps with lymph drainage and relieves stiffness in the neck muscles. It helps to correct sagging skin around the jaw and neck.
- Slightly tilt your head
- Place your fingers on the neck just below the jaw
- With gentle pressure, slowly slide your fingers down to the collarbone
- Exert pressure on the collarbone for a few seconds
- Then return to the starting point
- Repeat for 30 seconds
- Jaw Relaxation – This exercise engages the muscles of the jaw and neck
- Clench your left hand into a fist and bring it to the outside of your jaw while sitting, with your thumb pointing down
- Turn your head towards your fist until you feel the side of your neck stretch
- The hand must not move
- Gently press the jaw against the fist for a few seconds
- Slowly relax
- Repeat on the other side
- Lion’s Breath – this exercise is based on the lion asana, it is a breathing exercise that minimizes stress and relaxes the muscles of the face
- In a yoga sitting position, bend slightly and rest your hands on your knees
- Take a deep breath in through your nose
- Open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue as if to touch the tip of your chin
- Exhale with all your might while making a “ha” sound
- Patting your face – Lightly tapping your fingertips helps to better relax the different muscles of your face.
- Start on the forehead and use your fingertips to tap the skin rhythmically.
- Continue towards the jaw
- Continue to the neck and up to the shoulders
- Continue up the back of the neck to the top of the head
- Rub your hands together until your palms are warm
Place your warm palms on your face and breathe deeply for several breaths.