In the gym, you won’t find equipment that will help you tone or strengthen any of the more than two dozen individual muscles on either side of your face. Can you exercise your facial muscles as diligently as you exercise your body?
If you stick with a regular practice of facial yoga, experts say it’s possible.
As opposed to being able to do facial yoga in expensive spas and salons, you can do it at home for free. Experts share their perspectives on the subject.
Is it scientifically supported?
Physiatrist Sandra Gail Frayne explains that facial yoga can help relieve tension in the face. In addition to releasing facial muscles and helping you appear more youthful, yoga exercises that focus on the face are beneficial to shaping and slimming your face.
Several scientific studies have proven that facial yoga is effective at toning the face. The results of a North-western Medicine study showed that facial exercise performed daily or alternately every other day resulted in a younger appearance and fuller upper and lower cheeks in middle-aged females. Within the five-month evaluation period, age appearance decreased by almost three years.
During the release of the study, lead author Dr Murad Alam, professor and vice-chair of dermatology at North-western University Feinberg School of Medicine and dermatologist at North-western Medicine, said, “There is evidence that facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of ageing. Exercise strengthens and tones the face, making it appear more youthful.
Stronger facial muscles can improve sagging fat pads. When facial muscles grow, the skin has more stuffing under it, so the face looks fuller, says senior author Emily Poon, an assistant research professor of dermatology at Feinberg. The treatment promotes collagen production, thus reducing sagging skin and fat loss due to ageing.
The Effects of Facial Yoga
The facial exercises used at North-western were created by one of the study’s co-authors, Gary Sikorski. According to a certified facial toning yoga instructor, these exercises provide an alternative to plastic surgery. By using resistance and isometric exercises the body gains strength.”
In addition, Sikorski said that facial yoga can enhance blood circulation and can be seen as soon as two to three weeks after applying it. He said the skin would become softer and more elastic. As a result of regular programming, you will also notice a broader smile, lifted cheeks, rounded corners of the mouth, as well as a firmer jawline. By toning and lifting the muscles, the skin will be tightened and smoothened, reducing the appearance of fine lines.”
Parties were asked to achieve 32 consecutive exercises for about a minute each. Here are a few tips for getting started:
- Lift your cheeks by forming an O in your mouth, putting your upper lip over your teeth, smiling raising your cheek muscles, putting your fingers lightly on the top part of your cheek, releasing the cheek muscles to lower them, and bringing them back up. Lift the cheeks and lower them again.
- Cheeks sculpturing: Smile without showing teeth, purse lips together, open your mouth wide and then raise your cheek muscles. Slide your fingers up to the tops of the cheeks and hold them for 20 seconds.
- Practising the Lion pose has been recommended by dermatologist Jeannette Graf. Begin by sitting comfortably. Keep your palms facing up as you reach forward with both hands. Make an audible roar, like a lion’s, by taking a deep breath in and then exhaling loudly. You should point the tip of your tongue at your chin when you exhale completely. The breath will become easier, the chakra in your throat will open up, and the skin on your neck, eyes, and face will become smoother, she said.
Be Consistent – and Take It Easy
These exercises can easily be performed during routine Zoom calls (with the camera off, of course). The good news is that you don’t have to exert yourself to pull them off. Elsa Jungman, who graduated from graduate school in skin pharmacology and began her career working for L’Oréal in Paris, has an approach that is relaxed and holistic.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires dedication. Dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal, associate professor of dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic, told WebMD that the only disadvantage to facial exercises is that they have to be performed daily for 20 to 30 minutes for six to seven days a week before results become apparent.
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