So we know that exercise does our body good, but what about our face? You’d think talking, chewing and expressing our emotions is enough to keep our face looking toned. What else can we do? Lots of people think that if you want to change something about your face the only option is plastic surgery or fillers or Botox. Well turns out there’s another, non-invasive option – yoga. It isn’t just for your body, there’s yoga for your face too. And the results you can get from that are so impressive that all your thoughts about invasive beauty procedures will disappear. Curious? Well, go ahead and give it a try.
1. Smooth Forehead
If you find that you frown a lot of just see the beginnings of those forehead lines forming even when your face is neutral try doing this facial yoga exercise. Make a surprised face by widening your eyes as much as you can without raising your eyebrows. Hold that for 10 to 15 seconds and release. This exercise tones the muscles around your eyes and your forehead. Do that a couple of times every day, whenever you have the time and you should see improvement within 10 days.
2. Bright Eyes
If your eyelids are becoming droopy or you see eye bags forming under them there’s a facial yoga exercise to fix that. Put both of your middle fingers on the inner corner of your eyebrows, and put your index fingers on the end of your eyebrows. Apply light pressure, not hard enough to hurt or feel discomfort, but enough to feel a bit of pressure. Look up with your eyes and squint. The goal is to get your lower lids to move while you squint. Do this squint about 6 times and then end the exercise by squeezing your eyes shut for about 10 seconds. This should help you lessen the appearance of under eye bags, puffiness and droopy eyelids.
3. Toned Cheeks
When people get older they tend to get those saggy or hollow cheeks. You don’t want that so try this easy facial exercise to tone up your cheeks. Inhale a big gulp of air through your mouth forming your lips into a tube then puff out your cheeks and hold your breath for a little bit, exhale. Do this a couple of times and you’ll start to really feel it in your cheeks. Yup, it’s silly but it’s a workout for your face.
4. Perfect Smile
There’s a reason they call them laugh lines – we all get them and it’s really not that big of a deal, but if you want to lessen the appearance of those lines, tone your cheeks and bit more and keep your skin plump and firm this exercise might help you out. Cover your lips with your teeth and make an O shape with your mouth. Now smile while keeping your lips over your teeth like that. Do this about 6 times or however many times it takes you to feel it in your lips and cheeks.
5. No Double Chins
Here’s a really easy way to get rid of a double chin, or firm up some loose skin in that area. All you have to do is press your tongue to the roof of your mouth (all of your tongue, not just the tip) tilt your head up, smile and swallow. It sounds easy, but it’s actually pretty hard to do. Try it, we bet you’ll feel it the very first time. But try to do at least 5-10 repetitions.
6. Swan Neck
Turtlenecks might be able to cover your sagging skin, but it’s better to just tighten the skin with a simple exercise so your neck looks more like that of a swan than that of a turtle. Put your fingertips at the base of your neck and press down a little to feel a little bit of pressure and hold the skin in place. Now tilt your head back as far as you can and jut out your bottom lip. Hold that for 5 deep breaths. Relax. Repeat 5 times.
7. That Jawline
If you want that perfect jawline – there’s a facial yoga exercise for that. Purse your lips to the side like you’re making a face of “I’m not sure about this”, you should feel the stretch in your cheek. Now turn your head in the same direction while also lifting your face up at a 45 degree angle. Feel the stretch in your neck too. Hold for a couple of seconds and relax. Repeat on both sides 3 more times.