Your face is one of the most used organs in the body. The muscles are constantly stretching. There are over 40 muscles in the face which contract and relax to contort your expressions. When you are smiling, you are using 10-11 muscles. Even a small frown needs six muscles. When you are crying, you are using about 17 muscles.
Since these muscles move around a lot, they are stronger but ends up leaving some traces of all the work they have done. They appear as fine lines around eyes, cheeks, and necks. If you feel like they are appearing a bit sooner than you expected, you can take some precautions to prevent them from progressing. Facial yoga can tighten the muscles and skin to give you a more elastic, healthy-looking face.
Face yoga exercises work on stimulating the muscles which are mostly dormant and weakened. You can strengthen them by engaging in resistance training. Facial yoga relieves the tension from the muscles as well which makes the face look relaxed and feel rejuvenated. Since you will be increasing blood circulation to the skin and muscles, you are prompting the cells to regenerate which reduces the signs of ageing. It will give a toned look to the features regardless of how much you have cried or smiled recently.
If you are starting to notice fine lines on your face, here are some face yoga exercises to tackle them right away.
This is one of the easiest face yoga exercises and you can start practising it much earlier in life as it concerns an area that shows signs first. The jaw stretch will prevent double chins from forming and make it disappear by trimming excess fat in the jaw. When you are tightening the jawline, you are firming the neck as well. Jaw stretch will prevent fine lines from forming on the neck.
To do a jaw stretch, you have to pucker your lips to one side until you feel a pulling effect in the other cheek. Turn your head to the same side and lift it at an angle of 45 degrees. Try to hold the pose for 3-4 seconds. Repeat the same for the other side.
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The forehead is one of the first places to show fine lines due to the frowning. Those who have a habit of frowning more may see fine lines forming on the forehead sooner than others. In either case, practising forehead smoother before you enter the 20s is recommended. It also prevents wrinkles and you will never need a botox.
To practise forehead smoother, make two fists and put them on both sides of your forehead. Focus on the knuckles of the middle finger and index finger. Apply pressure on the forehead using those two knuckles. Maintain the pressure and slide your fists back and forth on the temples. As you approach the end of the temple, apply slightly more pressure. You can repeat it 3-4 times.
Who doesn't love a bouncy cheek that radiates happiness? You can give them a plumper appearance by pushing them against gravity. It may help you even if you do not have high cheekbones. It is also the easiest yoga exercise face for practice. In time, you will never have to get cheek fillers.
To practice cheek plumpers, close your lips tightly and suck both cheeks in. You will form 'fish lips' (like the one children make) with your mouth. Try to hold this position for 10 seconds and repeat it five times. You can even do this on the go.
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A temple lift can prevent folds from forming under the eyes. It can even smoothen the saggy skin on the temples. This part of the face often comes in contact with harsh rays of the sun and wind and greasy hair strands. Temple lift will save you from droopy eyelids that can make you look drowsy and tired. By practising a temple lift regularly, you will never have to think about getting an eyebrow lift.
To practice temple lift, lift your right hand over the head and place your fingertips on the left temple. Place your ring finger on the corner of your eyebrow. Slowly and gently press down to lift and drop your head towards the right shoulder. You can hold this pose 4-5 seconds before repeating on the other side.
Eyes are considered to be the most notable feature on the face. Tired-looking eyes can really spoil a photograph. They are also vulnerable to wrinkles, bags, puffiness, and fine lines called crow's feet. Practising face yoga exercise meant to firm the area around the eyes will save the eyes. You can also practice eye-firmer when you are having a bad or busy week to avoid showing up with puffy eyes and eye bags.
To practice eye firmer, form a ‘V’ with your fingers and place them on your eyebrows. Apply slight pressure and look up to the ceiling without moving your head. You will be raising the lower eyelids and forming a squint. Relax after holding the pose for 2-3 seconds. You can repeat it for 6-7 times and then finish the exercises by squeezing the eyes shut for 10 seconds.
Everyone knows that ignoring the neck while pampering the face is a mistake. The skin around the neck is much thinner and it makes it prone to signs of ageing. You can avoid the appearance of 'giraffe neck' by exercising the platysma muscle on the neck. You need to tone it by firming up the looseness of the decolletage. A toned neck will make your face look stronger as well. On the other hand, a neck with more lines than usual may make you look tired.
To tone the neck, place your fingertips on both collar bones and tilt your head backwards and pucker your lips tightly. Then jut out the lower lip and place your whole fingers on the collarbones. Hold the pose for four deep breaths. Then, slowly bring your head back to the chest. You can repeat it 2-3 times.