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So you’ve perfected your downward dog pose, but did you know that anti-aging facial yoga can also give sunken cheeks and farrowed brows a lift? The idea behind is that you can help thicken the muscles so your features get a little 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 Daniel 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 will 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 fort night.
‘After two to four months, the benefits include fewer fine lines and less strain.’
Below are five anti-aging facial yoga exercises from The Danielle Collins Face Yoga MEthod To get you started. Be sure to first apply products with a little slip, something like the best face serum or face oils, to avoid dragging or pulling your skin.
Anti-Aging 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 in the inner corner of the eyebrows, then with the index finger, apply pressure to the outer corners of the eyebrows.
Look to the ceiling, and lift the skin under the eyes upward in a strong squint, and then relax.
Repeat six more times and finish by squeezing the eyes tightly for 10 seconds.
Anti-Aging Facial Yoga For Chicks: 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, keep the smile shape while placing one index finger on the chin. Then begin to move the jaw up and down as the head tilts gently back. Relax and repeat twice more.
Anti-Aging Facial Yoga for Stars: Smooth the brow
Good for: Horizontal star lines.
Alternative to: Botox.
Place both hands on the forehead facing inside and spread all the fingers between the eyebrows and hairline.
Gently sweep the fingers outward across the forehead, applying light pressure to tighten the skin.
Relax and repeat 10 times.
Anti-Aging Facial Yoga for Browsers: The Flirty Eyes
Good for: Deep eye hollows and drooping eyebrows.
Alternative to: Eyebrow lift.
Place an index finger under each eye, pointing to the nose.
Hide the teeth and form an ‘o’ with your mouth.
Flutter the upper eyelids while you look at the ceiling for 30 seconds.
Anti-Aging Facial Yoga For Chin And Neck: The giraffe
Good for: Lines and loose skin on the neck.
Alternative to: Neck or jowl lift.
Look straight ahead, place the finger tips in the bottom of the neck and lightly move the skin down with the head tilted back.
Bring the head back down to the chest and repeat twice more.
Finally, jute 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 upward. Hold for four deep breaths.