So you’ve perfected your Downward Dog pose, but did you know anti-ageing facial yoga can given sunken cheeks and furrowed brows a lift, too? The idea behind is that you can help thicken the muscles so your features get a bit of extra ‘padding’ to plump them up.
‘By working all the layers of your skin correctly, facial exercises can also increase blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the cells of the skin,’ says face yoga expert Danielle 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’ll 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 fortnight.
‘After two to four months, the benefits include fewer fine lines and less tension.’
Below are five anti-ageing facial yoga exercises from The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method to get you started. Be sure to first apply products with a bit of slip, something like the best face serum or face oils, to avoid dragging or pulling your skin.
Anti-ageing 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 at the inner corner of the eyebrows, then with the index fingers, apply pressure to the outer corners of the eyebrows.
Look to the ceiling, and lift the skin below the eyes upwards into a strong squint, and then relax.
Repeat six more times and finish by squeezing eyes shut tightly for 10 seconds.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Cheeks: 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, hold the smile shape while placing one index finger on the chin. Then start to move the jaw up and down as the head tilts gently back. Relax and repeat twice more.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Forehead: Smooth The Brow
Good For: Horizontal forehead lines.
Alternative To: Botox.
Place both hands on the forehead facing inwards and spread all of the fingers out between the eyebrows and hairline.
Gently sweep the fingers outwards across the forehead, applying light pressure to tighten the skin.
Relax and repeat 10 times.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Brows: The Flirty Eyes
Good For: Deep eye hollows and drooping eye brows.
Alternative To: Eyebrow lift.
Place an index finger under each eye, pointing towards the nose.
Hide the teeth and form an ‘o’ with your mouth.
Flutter the upper eyelids while gazing at the ceiling for 30 seconds.
Anti-ageing Facial Yoga For Chin And Neck: The Giraffe
Good For: Lines and loose skin on the neck.
Alternative To: Neck or jowl lift.
Looking straight ahead, place the finger tips at the bottom of the neck and lightly stroke the skin downwards with the head tilted back.
Bring the head back down to the chest and repeat twice more.
Finally, jut 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 upwards. Hold for four deep breaths.