Spotlight on…Facial Yoga
If you’re upping your fitness for the New Year, including face toning into your routine could be one of the smartest youth-boosting moves you’ll make!
Spending just 10 minutes a day on a facial workout can not only help strengthen the underlying structure of your face – the muscles that hold everything up – but can also help reduce fine line and wrinkle development.
‘With a regular facial workout, you can promote glowing, vibrant skin and help prevent wrinkles, reduce puffiness and even streamline and define your features,’ says Inge Theron, founder of Face Gym.
Why face yoga works
‘Regularly exercising your face helps you look and feel the best version of yourself, says face yoga expert Danielle Collins, from faceyogaexpert.
‘The muscles become more sculpted, lifted and toned and the skin overlaying the muscles also becomes tighter and firmer so you get a smoother, more youthful appearance.’
Your 5-min face workout
Try Danielle’s moves to keep your face looking taut and perky!
For a smoother forehead: Try the owl
Major muscle worked: Frontalis.
This move will help firm up your forehead plus reduce lines and wrinkles.
- Make a big C shape with your thumbs and index fingers.
- Place your index finger just above and parallel to your eyebrows and your thumbs on your cheeks.
- Start to pull down with the index fingers while trying to raise your eyebrows and making the eyes wide like an owl. Hold this for two secs, relax and repeat.
- Do the move three more times then hold this position for 10 secs.
For fuller cheeks: Copy a puffer fish
This helps lift and firm your cheeks as well as increasing circulation through the tapping movement.
Major muscle worked: Buccinator
- Puff out your cheeks as much as you possibly can.
- Gently tap your cheeks for 30 secs.
- Do this five times.
For reducing eye lines: get fluttering
This move reduces hollows under the eyes, lifts the upper eyelids and also lifts the lower part of the face.
Major muscle worked: Corrugator.
- Cover your teeth with your lips and make your mouth into an ‘O’ shape
- Place your index fingers under your eyes, horizontally with the fingertips pointing towards your nose.
- Look upwards and start to flutter your upper eyelids – this is the only part of your face that should move.