Do you have a spare 10 or 20 minutes in your day? Whether it’s after you put the kids down for a nap, waiting for the washing to dry, or driving home from work, you can practice face muscle exercise to stimulate collagen production, improve blood flow, and tighten the muscles of your face.
The result? Smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin. Here’s how you take years off your appearance with 4 simple, fun Face Yoga poses.
Have you heard about face exercises yet?
They’re the skincare, beauty, and anti-aging trend that’s exploding in popularity as women look to maintain their beauty routines at home during uncertain times, but what are these simple exercises, and how do they work?
As an alternative to expensive and invasive surgeries, as well as costly make-up and cosmetic products, face exercises, target the more than 50 muscles in your face and neck, helping to tone underused muscles to increase firmness.
As your muscles become activated, collagen production increases which help restore skin elasticity, and blood flow is improved to create that natural, radiant glow that’s impossible to ignore.
Do Face Exercises Actually Work?
More than a fitness fad, the benefits of regular face exercises have been shown through recent studies published in the internationally peer-reviewed JAMA Dermatology Journal.
Embraced by beauty-loving individuals like Meghan Markle, firmer and youthful skin isn’t reserved for royalty. With regular face toning exercises, you’ll be looking and feeling like a “new you”.
And to help you kickstart your transformation, we’ve rounded up 4 of the most effective face exercises for women that you can do from home. Each entry on this list will target a specific area of your face, so find the exercise that targets your problem area, set aside 20 minutes for yourself, and get ready for your new favorite anti-aging routine.
What is this face exercise good for? The Eyes
Targets: Eye bags, drooping eyelids, crow’s feet, puffiness
Forgot botox or invasive eye surgery, you can rectify eye asymmetry and drooping features using this simple face exercise – the V. This exercise takes its name from the position you’ll be making with your hands, and here’s how you perform it:
✧ Step One: Make a ‘V’ shape with both of your hands. Your palm should be facing your eyes.
✧ Step Two: Place your ‘V’ shapes against your face, with your fingers on either side of your eyebrows, as if you were looking through the gap in your hand.
✧ Step Three: Apply gentle pressure to the outer corners of your eyebrows and look towards the roof.
✧ Step Four: While gently lifting your fingers upwards, perform a strong squint, then relax your eye muscles.
Repetitions: Repeat this face exercise six times
All women notice wrinkles and age lines around their eyes as they age. This simple Face Yoga pose helps smooth out unwanted wrinkles, tightens the skin around the eyes, and leaves you with a fuller, younger-looking gaze.
What is this face exercise good for? The Forehead
Targets: Forehead wrinkles, furrows, 11 lines, Glabellar lines
If your kids, pets, or partners have ever left the home a mess then there’s a good chance you’ve come home and made this face yoga pose unintentionally.
Forehead lines are typically formed by repeated movement of the forehead muscles and can form as early as your 20’s and 30’s. If you’re frustrated by the lines on your furrowed brow, try this facial exercise for forehead lines to iron them out. Here’s how you nail this facial pose:
✧ Step One: Without using your hands, widen your eyes as much as you can (as if you were seriously surprised).
✧ Step Two: Hold this wide-open pose as long as you can (stop if your eyes start to water too much or you’re feeling discomfort).
This face exercise is simple but effective by countering the effects of everyday emotive movement, like scowling, shock, etc. By opening your eyes wide you’ll feel the skin of your forehead relaxed and loose, helping to erase the effects that tight skin has made.
Repetitions: Repeat this face exercise five to ten times.
What is this face exercise good for? The Cheeks
Targets: Saggy cheeks, asymmetrical cheek features, nasolabial folds
Are you frustrated by saggy or puffy cheeks that leave your face looking asymmetrical? Or maybe it’s your pronounced nasolabial folds that are causing you concern?
Help smooth out your cheeks and restore a plump, fuller feel with the ‘Fish Hook’ exercise which isn’t just a fun name, but tons of fun to practice too. Here are the steps you need to follow:
✧ Step One: Pull your entire face to the right side, with a focus on your cheeks and teeth. Imagine there’s a fish hook in one cheek that’s pulling everything to the right.
✧ Step Two: Hold this pose for 10 seconds, then switch to the left side of your face.
It’s easy to ignore muscles around your cheek, which means the muscles you overstimulate end up causing wrinkles, while the remaining muscles atrophy and leave your face looking asymmetrical. This facial exercise for nasolabial folds and fuller cheeks helps improve skin elasticity while boosting blood flow, creating collagen, and helping round out stubborn, saggy cheeks.
Repetitions: Repeat this face exercise three to five times
Looking for more simple at-home exercises to improve cheek volume and smoothness? Click here for 6 exciting ways to reduce puffiness and wake up with plump, radiant cheeks
What is this face exercise good for? The Chin and Neck
Targets: Loose neck skin, saggy neck skin, jowls, turkey neck
It can feel tough to tighten loose skin around your neck, especially as you age. But there is a way to tighten your neck and work out those underused muscles without injections or wearing a turtleneck 365 days a year to cover up.
It’s called the ‘Giraffe Lift’, and here’s how you do it:
✧ Step One: Look directly ahead and place the tips of your finger at the base of your neck.
✧ Step Two: Gently pull the skin downwards to create tension in your neck, then tilt your head back until you’re looking towards the roof (only tilt back as far as is comfortable)
✧ Step Three: Bring your head back down to your chest and push your bottom lip out as far as possible. You should feel a strong tension in your neck holding this position. Take a few long, deep breaths while holding this pose.
It’s easy to think ‘Face Yoga’ is only for, well…the face.
But the fifty-plus muscles in your face and neck are interconnected, and many of the most effective facial exercises are able to target sagging necklines and wobbling skin. Practice this face yoga exercise regularly and enjoy a neck lift that would make a Beverly Hills housewife jealous (without going under the knife!!!).
Repetitions: Repeat this face exercise five to ten times.
Will Facial Exercises for Women Work For Me?
Short answer – yes.
Slightly longer answer – facial exercises absolutely work.
Studies have shown regular Face Yoga can help reduce a woman’s appearance by up to 3 years, with the more you practice your exercises, the better your possible results.
With regular facial toning and workouts, you can expect to:
- Strengthen the muscles in your face
- Reduce and get rid of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and age lines
- Increase blood circulation and deliver a radiant glow
- Wash away tension in the neck and face
- Firm and tighten saggy, droopy, and loose skin
For the best results, aim to practice your face exercises for 20 minutes a day, four to six times a week. What’s great about Face Yoga is you can practice almost anywhere.
Got spare time on the drive to work? The school run? While the washing dries? On your lunch break at work?
With a little time, you can enjoy a significant change in the way you look and feel. Keep in mind, following a custom Face Yoga program will deliver superior results to choosing random exercises (just as a personal trainer can help more than you heading to the gym and picking a workout that suits you).