Sure. We can talk about how your regular workouts can affect your face, but what if you want to give your face the workout?
Well. You’ve come to the right place. Face yoga is a skincare trend that’s soared in popularity in recent months. So we’ve called in two experts to teach us exactly how to practice it from the comfort of your own tracksuit.
Face yoga or pilates is exactly what it sounds like: A face workout designed to tone your skin as well as the underlying muscles and tissues.
“The face is made up of muscles, ligaments, fascia and other layers of tissue that can hold tension and get tight; we need to work out the face, just like any other area of the body,” explains Candace Marino of @thelafacialist.
The practice uses “muscle exercises, conscious breathing and correction of body posture to tighten tone and lift the face,” says Vanamala Mayr-Reisch the founder of Face Yoga Australia, explaining that it can assist with smoothing wrinkles, restoring facial symmetry, and targeting areas such as frown lines, droopy eyes, and marionette lines.
According to Mayr-Reisch, consistently practicing face yoga can:
Ready to dip your toe into facial massage Here are two techniques that Mayr-Reisch recommends and teaches at Face Yoga Australia to get you on your face tone-y way.
Goal: To reshape your jawline, strengthen neck muscles, and lift a double chin.
Goal: To strengthen cheek muscles (which are key to lifting the face overall), reduce marionette lines, and smooth smoker lines. (Note! You need a pencil for this exercise.)
Okay, you know the benefits, you’ve got your exercises, but is there anything else you should know before diving into the world or face yoga? Yes! Here are five things to keep in mind as you get started.
Once your canvas is nice and prepped, kick off your face exercises with a warm-up pose and stretch: “With assistance from your hand, drop the head towards one shoulder, stretching in the direction of the head, then switch to the other side. After balancing out each side, use both hands to massage the muscles at the top of the spine, neck, working up into the skull.’ suggests Marino. And that would be a lovely time to incorporate a few drops of oil, nourishing the skin as your self-massage begins.
This skincare-y x self-care-y blog was originally published by our good mates over at Go-To!