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5 anti-aging face yoga exercises that will reduce fine lines, puffiness, and saggy skin – Insider

Posted: July 5, 2021 at 1:47 am

Smooth, firm, lifted skin is highly coveted in a time where many hope to age gracefully. But what if there was a way to reduce fine lines and saggy skin without facelifts or Botox injections? The answer may be face yoga.

Face yoga, which includes specific exercises and massages targeting the face, may strengthen skin and reduce signs of aging, amongst other benefits.

Here's what you need to know about face yoga and a few exercises to try it for yourself.

Face yoga combines massage, acupressure, exercises, and relaxation to provide safe, anti-aging skin results, says Danielle Collins, who has been teaching face yoga for 16 years with her own practice. All you need to do face yoga are your hands.

While there are limited studies on the benefits of face yoga, the few out there found that the technique:

According to Collins and Gary Sikorski, a certified face yoga teacher and founder of Happy Face Yoga, other anecdotal benefits of face yoga include:

Most people can practice face yoga, Collins says. But if you have one of the following conditions on your face, consult with a medical professional beforehand and avoid massaging the affected area:

Important: Always wash your hands before doing face yoga in order to prevent acne.

There are many different facial exercises you can do while growing your daily routine. To practice face yoga, start with one minute a day and work your way to 10, says Collins. From there, try increasing it to 20 minutes a day.

Here are some face yoga options to try at home and how they can benefit you, according to Collins and Sikorski.

Good for: Lifting and sculpting the cheek area.

How to do it:

Good for: Boosting circulation, releasing tension in the back of the neck, opening shoulders, and lifting and firming the front of the neck.

How to do it:

Good for: Reducing stress and headaches, relaxing muscles, and softening vertical lines between the eyebrows.

How to do it: This is a simple exercise where you repeatedly press between your eyebrows with one finger in the same spot, says Collins. Do this for about a minute.

Good for: Lifting eyebrows, smoothing forehead lines, preventing eyelid droop, and releasing tension.

How to do it:

Good for: Strengthening upper and lower eyelids, increasing blood circulation, brightening skin around eyes, and decreasing under-eye puffiness.

How to do it:

Similar to other exercises, you must do face yoga consistently to see results. "It's just like going to the gym," says Sikorski. "If you practice more exercises and spend more time with your face, then you'll see quicker, faster, and better results."

The amount of time it takes to see lasting results from face yoga varies from person to person, but Sikorski says to expect to see initial results after six to ten weeks of 15 to 20 minute daily sessions.

For example, in a small 2018 study, participants made up of middle-aged women learned 32 facial exercises. Over 20 weeks, they did face yoga for 30-minute intervals, either daily or every other day. At the end of the study, upper and lower cheek fullness improved, and the estimated age of participants decreased.

Wearing SPF, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep can help results appear sooner, says Collins.

Important: While tugging on your face may seem like it could exacerbate wrinkles, face yoga will not cause lines when appropriately performed. You shouldn't see any lines during the exercises as the fingers keep the skin taut, says Collins.

Face yoga is a form of facial massage, acupuncture, and exercise that is intended to reduce the appearance of fine lines and sagging skin. It should be practiced daily for 20 minutes.

Face yoga is doable for most people. However, Collins cautions to listen to your face. "Ask yourself how are you feeling and go really gentle with the techniques when you start," she says. The results will still come.

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