Nasolabial folds are the lines that appear either side of your mouth and nose. Although these are 100% natural, that doesn’t make them welcome. And if surgery or fillers have been on your radar, it’s time to hit pause on those expensive (and painful) options. Yoga facial exercises for nasolabial folds offer transformational benefits – and we’re sharing our favorite exercises with you.
Known as nasolabial folds (as well as smile lines or laugh lines), these wrinkles often become more prominent when you laugh or smile, which is frustrating because they can also make you look years older than you are.
Naturally, you want to enjoy every day as much as possible, but the repetitive action of living a happy life and smiling can lead to creases in your skin that become impossible to ignore. While thousands of dollars in surgery costs may be the solution, do you really want to go under the knife and disrupt your life?
If your answer was a firm “no” then there are facial exercises you can start performing to undo the damage caused by the sun, lifestyle factors, and the effects of ageing.
And to save you scrolling endlessly through Google trying to separate the effective nasolabial fold exercises from the time-wasters, we’re giving away 3 of our top anti-nasolabial fold exercises from our premium collection.
Read on and choose your favorite.
First Thing’s First: What Causes Nasolabial Folds?
Nasolabial folds are those deep lines and wrinkles that form from the bottom of your nose and extend to the corners of your mouth.
More commonly known as “smile lines” or “laugh lines”, nasolabial folds are 100% natural and everyone has them – but some women experience deeper or more defined nasolabial folds than others.
The most common cause of nasolabial folds comes down to ageing which has two effects on your skin. Firstly, collagen production drops off and collagen is the crucial protein responsible for elasticity (meaning less collagen results in more wrinkles). Secondly, the structure of your cheekbone flattens as you age which pushes your skin downwards.
And as skin moves down, wrinkles and sag forms.
This perfect storm of collagen loss, structural change and gravity is enough to leave you with loose skin and wrinkles in the form of nasolabial folds.
But enough about *why* you have these facial wrinkles, let’s talk about HOW you can reduce and remove them.
Face Yoga for Nasolabial Folds: Our Top 3 Exercises
Nasolabial folds can be fixed with surgery, but why go through the pain and stress when you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles with 100% natural remedies?
Face Yoga for Nasolabial Folds Exercise #1 – Isometric Tilt
An isometric exercise is one that contracts a specific muscle (or group of muscles) and that’s exactly what this simple nasolabial fold exercise does.
The more you can isolate the muscles around your mouth and nose, the more you can firm and improve them. With these muscles activated the outer layer of skin stretches and becomes taut, and nasolabial folds don’t stand a chance.
Here’s how you practice this perfect at-home facial exercise.
Step One: Sit in a comfortable position and tilt your head back towards the ceiling
Step Two: Purse your lips (like you were blowing a kiss)
Step Three: Push your lips outwards towards the ceiling (while holding your pursed lip pose)
Step Four: Hold this position for 15 seconds
Repetitions: Repeat this facial exercise 2 to 5 times
Face Yoga for Nasolabial Folds Exercise #2 – Pushdown Smile
If smiling is contributing to repetitive wrinkles around your mouth, then you can help reverse the effects with a reverse smile!
No, we don’t mean a frown.
Instead, you’ll be creating resistance against your smile to help stimulate muscles surrounding your lips that don’t get a workout. As these muscles are used, the balance between the connected muscles and tissue of your face leads to a smoother and more uniform appearance.
In short, you can start erasing wrinkles!
Here’s how you perform this short facial exercise.
Step One: Find a comfortable spot to sit or stand
Step Two: Place three fingers on each of your cheeks (below your eyes)
Step Three: Smile as wide and hard as you can, while using your fingers to push downwards
Step Four: Hold this feeling of resistance for 10 seconds
Repetitions: Repeat this facial exercise 5 to 10 times
Face Yoga for Nasolabial Folds Exercise #3 – Mouth Pull
It’s not always easy to isolate and activate a muscle of your face – especially if you’ve spent years (or decades) not knowing how to make it move.
In these instances, a little assistance is needed…from you!
Assisted Face Yoga poses offer an advanced form of muscle stimulation and can help drive superior results as part of a custom facial exercise program (which we’re giving you below).
Here’s how you perform this assisted Face Yoga exercise.
Step One: Find a comfortable spot to sit or stand
Step Two: Place your index fingers in the corner of your mouth
Step Three: Gently pull apart to widen your smile, then tense your mouth to create resistance
Step Four: Hold this resistance on either side for 5 seconds (push against your fingers to keep the tension in your pose)
Repetitions: Repeat this facial exercise 15 to 20 times
Nasolabial Folds: Before and After Transformation
You wouldn’t buy a new car without stopping by the dealership to have a look, and we wouldn’t expect you to add a Face Yoga routine to your lifestyle without seeing the results.
Check out the exciting changes from a current Face Yoga user (the gorgeous Jenny Lewis), and the ‘Before and After’ transformation of their nasolabial folds.
Jenny Lewis started doing Face Yoga 3 months ago and claims that she is now “addicted to it” (and can you blame her?)
Jenny was battling deep wrinkles around her mouth and eyes as well as neck lines, with nasolabial folds a serious concern for her appearance. Now, thanks to her personalized exercise routine, her wrinkles and nasolabial folds are almost gone.
Ready to Say Goodbye to Nasolabial Folds?
Lines around your mouth and nose are one of the most problematic facial areas you should pay attention to.
The bad news is that ageing will lead to nasolabial folds. But the good news is that Face Yoga for nasolabial folds can help tighten skin around your mouth and nose, and help you turn back the clock on your appearance.
You don’t need the deepest pockets or even a lot of time each week. With a few simple exercises, you can reduce nasolabial folds without Botox or fillers, and if that thought excites you then complete the interactive quiz below to receive your 100% customized Face Yoga program.
Tell us what type of wrinkles you’re looking to remove, what type of lifestyle factors may be contributing to fine lines, and receive your very own tailored facial exercise plan right to your inbox.
Now that’s something to smile about.