The latest trend – Face yoga. It’s no longer enough to exercise our bodies and our minds, now we’re told to exercise our faces too! But do facial exercises really work? Can they really deliver the smoother, firmer more youthful appearance that they promise?
Let’s find out…
What is Face Yoga?
Face yoga is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a range of gentle exercises designed to strengthen and tone the muscles in your face.
Initially originating in Japan, face yoga involves a series of movements and massages that are said to wake up “sleeping muscles” (supposedly found in areas such as the cheeks and lower eyelids) and relax any overworked muscles (in the forehead, around the mouth and between the eyebrows).
Since fast gaining popularity in the East, facial exercises have slowly spread to the Western cultures, with many gurus, guides and self-proclaimed experts offering classes, courses and programmes.
Each face yoga coach will have their own spin on things, but here are some examples of facial exercises to help you understand what’s involved.
Examples of Face Yoga Exercises
For thin or sagging cheeks
Keeping your mouth closed, fill your cheeks up with as much air as possible – like a blowfish! Hold the position for 60 seconds before slowly blowing the air out with your lips still pursed.
Repeat this exercise three times, at least daily.
The O Face
For a thinning face
Make an “o” shape with your mouth. Put your fingers on each of your cheekbones and gently lift the cheeks upwards, while still holding the “o” shape with your mouth.
Repeat this 10 times, once or twice a day.
For sculpting cheekbones and lifting a sagging chin
Close your mouth. Place your tongue on your lower teeth and open your mouth as wide as possible. Hold for 10 seconds then close again.
Repeat this 5-7 times, every day.
So as you can see, it’s not rocket science. You don’t need any equipment and it’s super easy to do – but does it work?
Do Facial Exercises Work?
Sounds pretty awesome right? You just scrunch your face up a few times a day and ta-da! You keep looking young forever.
Sadly, it’s not that simple.
The evidence around the efficacy of facial exercises is a little muddy. Research conducted by dermatologists at Northwestern University claims that face yoga can make you look 3 years younger – eventually. But you have to be patient as it can take around 20 weeks to get results.
Other doctors suggest that face yoga can make you look one year younger in as little as one month.
But not all experts are in agreement on this.
Suzanne Olbricht, a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School suggests that while there could be some potential benefits from facial exercises, there really aren’t any good, rigorous, scientific studies that verify claims that face workouts are effective.
She agrees that in theory, it’s possible that facial exercises could produce some benefits.
Face yoga might help improve muscle tone in the face and could theoretically help with gravity-related fat loss or redistribution on the face.
Building muscle in the face could potentially help keep fat in the right places -fighting the natural pull from gravity which can move the fat down your face as you age.
But she also states “any changes would likely be very subtle and far less than could be accomplished by other cosmetic methods, such as dermal fillers.”
How Frequently Do You Have To Do Facial Exercises?
The type of facial exercises, frequency and length of your face yoga workout will vary depending on which expert you choose to listen to.
As with all exercise regimes, repetition is key. You can’t just do a face workout once and expect to get results.
Most experts recommend at least once a day, with 2-3 times a day for certain exercises and muscles. Face yoga routines can last anything from 5 minutes to 60 minutes in duration.
Fancy giving Face Yoga a Go?
Check out these facial exercise videos on YouTube:
Should You Add Face Yoga To Your Daily Routine?
Absolutely!! There’s certainly no harm in doing facial exercises. The way I look at it, you wouldn’t question the benefit of exercising your legs, so why would it be any different for the musculature of your face!
In theory, facial exercises could help slow down the ageing process and keep you looking young for longer – but you’ve got to keep your expectations realistic.
If you’re looking for the same drastic differences that you’d see from an anti-ageing treatment such as Microneedling or HIFU Facial, then you’re going to be disappointed.
Facial Treatments That Get Results
What can you do if you want to really slow down the signs of ageing, improve your skin and retain a youthful appearance?
Thanks to the huge innovations that have occurred in the aesthetics industry over the past couple of decades, there’s a whole range of highly effective – and totally non-surgical- treatments for you to choose from including:
A popular choice for skin rejuvenation, collagen stimulation and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment uses minuscule needles to stimulate healing and regeneration in the skin. Helping reduce the signs of ageing and giving you a smoother complexion.
Also known as a non-surgical facelift, this treatment uses high-intensity focused ultrasound to penetrate deep into the skin and promote cell regeneration. HIFU can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, firm sagging skin and give you a healthy-looking glow.
A non-invasive treatment that can stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate the top layers of skin to give a healthier, more youthful appearance. Chemical peels come in varying strengths, allowing you to tailor your treatment to suit your own unique needs.
Tighten, firm and lift sagging skin on your face or neck with this non-surgical lifting treatment. We recommend the Exilis Elite, which is an FDA approved treatment that uses radio frequency to stimulate new collagen and elastin in the skin.
To find out more about non-surgical anti-ageing treatments click here to book a consultation…