The last few years have been stressful. A global pandemic and political unrest are just the biggest stressors. Family life, work life, and social life have, in most cases, been turned upside down and are finally getting back into routines. We’re tired, overworked, and need an increase in our self-care. One of the easiest, and FREE, ways we can take care of ourselves is with face yoga exercises at home. But you don’t need any equipment or subscription for this exercise routine. We’ve pulled together the 5 best face yoga exercises that are simple, free, and will give the part of your everyone sees a beautiful lift we could all use right now.
What are Face Yoga Exercises?
Face yoga exercises are all about incorporating massage and exercises into a routine that stimulates the muscles, skin, and lymphatic system in the face. Just like how yoga helps your body stay firm and healthy, face yoga is a way to keep your face firm and healthy. While it’s called “yoga”, there’s no “downward dog” here. Face Yoga is just a fancy name for moving your face muscles into certain positions.
Some face yoga exercises can also be done with facial tools like a jade roller, a gua sha, a hair comb, a wand, or other specialty tools, though they aren’t needed. What can be neat about them is some of them can be placed in the fridge for a cooler temperature massage, and you can even find vibrating tools for the added texture.
Why Incorporate Face Yoga Exercises?
This technique of facial massage is designed to help alleviate tension, stress, and worry while softening and relaxing your face muscles. Of course one of the largest benefits of face yoga exercises is that it may reduce the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles without invasive facelift procedures or Botox injections. You can also increase blood circulation, reduce puffiness, and improve your posture. All without paying a dime!
Face yoga exercises provide anti-aging results through a combination of massage and facial exercise. By practicing daily for 20 minutes results can be seen as early as six weeks.
How To Do Face Yoga Exercises?
It’s simple! Get comfy. Face yoga exercises are really all about using your hands on your face, while also just manipulating facial muscles by themselves (like opening your mouth). But if you want to step up your self-care game, turn on some relaxing music, maybe spray some aromatherapy or light a candle, and use a light face lotion or oil to help your hands glide smoothly. Use this time to incorporate it as self-care and not work and you’ll stick with it.
The real key to getting results with face yoga exercises is consistency. If you practice more then you’ll see quicker and better results.
1. Face Yoga Cheek Sculpting
Cheek sculpting is ideal for lifting and forming the cheek area. With just two hands, this massage can be done anywhere:
- While making a “number 2” with each hand, bend your fingers.
- Place each set on the bottom of your face.
- Glide your fingers up the face with index fingers going up the smile lines, then stop at the same level as the nose.
- The middle fingers then slide up the rest of the cheeks.
- The fingers move into a V position as they slide up the face.
- Repeat for one minute.
2. The Upper Lip Exercise
Get rid of those verticle wrinkles above your mouth by doing this routine each day. Do this one during tv commercial. In no time you’ll have tighter, firmer lips.
- Place your thumbs, tucked up and close together, under your upper lip.
- Push your lip forward with your thumbs while trying to push against your thumbs with your upper lip.
- Hold this position for 5 slow seconds. Repeat 5–10 times.
3. Face Yoga Exercises for the Third Eye Area
To reduce stress and those awful headaches, relax muscles, and soften vertical lines between the eyebrows, incorporate the Third Eye Softener exercise into your routine.
This exercise is very simple. The only step is to repeatedly press between your eyebrows with one finger in the same spot for about one minute. Easy peasy!
4. The Forehead Smoother
If getting smoother forehead lines, preventing eyelid droop, and releasing tension are on your top list, incorporate the forehead smoother into your routine.
- Put your index and middle fingers of both hands at the peak of your forehead along the hairline.
- Press the length of those fingers firmly down and slowly slide them lower towards your eyebrows.
- Simultaneously lift your eyebrows up.
- Hold for ten seconds while taking a deep breath.
- Repeat 3 times.
5. Face Yoga Exercise Routine for Double-Chin
If the double-chin or jawline is a big problem area, there are specific exercises to target just that area. They’re pretty simple and can be done anywhere – while watching TV, before bed, or whenever you have a few minutes. A couple of times a day and your face will be looking firmer and healthier in no time.
Videos like this one are such a great resource to find many more specific exercises for targeted areas. They also show details of exactly how these routines can be done. So if you’re a visual learner, resources like YouTube are a great way to learn new exercises.
Do these exercises daily and results can start to be seen in 6-8 weeks. Consistency is key! And while face yoga exercises are great for almost everyone to introduce into their daily routine, it is recommended that those with a face injury, like an open wound or broken jaw, active acne, eczema, or psoriasis, consult with a medical professional beforehand and avoid massaging the affected area until given the green light. Of course don’t forget to wear SPF, stay hydrated, and get sleep for faster results, and a healthier face!
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