Muscles in the face are attached to the skin, unlike other muscles in the body which connect to the skeleton.
Therefore, training the facial muscles is equivalent to also toning the skin of the face, reducing wrinkles and counteracting sagging skin. Today we will look at a powerful anti-aging facial yoga sequence that helps reduce wrinkles around the eyes and lips, lifts the cheekbones, reshapes the jaw and fights a double chin.
Anti-wrinkle facial yoga
Facial yoga exercises have been shown, if practiced consistently for a period of time of at least 5 months, to rejuvenate the face and reshape the features. What has been stated has been proven by scientific studies, which have highlighted how facial yoga exercises are able to plump the skin through a toning action on the muscles of the face (Alam et al, JAMA Dermatol, 2018). But the benefits don't stop there. Indeed, a recent review found that facial yoga exercises, through the action on the vagus nerve, are able to improve mood and counteract depression and stress (Okamoto et al, Int J Environ Res Public Health., 2021). So let's see below some facial yoga exercises that you can practice at any time of the day.
Facial yoga exercise to tone the neck and against double chin
This exercise helps to counteract the sagging skin of the neck and chin. Stretch your neck and look up. The tongue presses against the palate, breathe. Place your fingers on the sides of the neck and press down, stay in this position for 20-25 seconds.
The facial yoga exercise to counter crow's feet and puffy eyelids
Shape the index and middle fingers of each hand into a V. Place the V on the face, so that the middle fingers are pressing against the inner corner of the eyebrows and the index fingers against the outer corner. Look up and squint, fingers must counter the movement.
Then relax and repeat 6 more times.
The facial yoga exercise for a smooth forehead
Raise your eyebrows as much as possible. Open your mouth and widen your eyes. Stay in this position for a few seconds, then relax and repeat for a few cycles.
The facial yoga exercise for lip contour
This exercise helps prevent and reduce wrinkles around the lips. Close your mouth by pressing your lips together. Smile as much as possible and hold the position for 20 seconds.
Then relax and repeat 8 times.
Here are some facial yoga exercises, which can also be practiced every day at any time of the day. You can practice standing or sitting, on the sofa or in front of the mirror, whatever you like! If you wish, the video accessible from this page allows you to follow the facial yoga sequence in a guided way. Inside, even more exercises will be proposed, useful for lifting the cheekbones and counteracting sagging cheeks.