Face yoga: Guide to ‘improving your appearance’ with facial exercises

Salome Dharamshi, a dermatologist and founder of Sky Clinic, told Express.co.uk that face yoga “lifts the facial structure and tones the skin”. Similarly to exercise, face yoga can reduce tension and “decrease the signs of ageing, especially in the mid and lower face”. Some studies claim that 20 weeks of facial yoga exercises for 30 minutes three to four times a week can improve one’s appearance, according to Salome.

“Face yoga exercises can tone facial muscles, lift cheeks, tighten the jaw line and lift the eyes,” Salome explained.

“Other than that, improved blood and lymph flow makes skin more glowing and healthier looking.”

Alicia Falero, a facialist at The Skin Culturist, described face yoga as “a popular trend for some people looking into non-invasive ways to improve their appearance and to look younger”.

“Face yoga combines facial exercises and massages that target your skin, facial muscles, and lymphatic system,” she added.

“There are many muscles in your face and neck, more than just the ones you use for expressions, so these exercises aim to engage and move all muscles.

“By strengthening specific facial muscles, you may be able to sculpt your jawline, improve jowls, decrease face puffiness, and improve the overall skin tightness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

“The benefits of facial exercises are inconclusive, yet in other studies found, it says that facial exercises done daily may improve the volume around the upper lip, cheeks, and jawline, decreasing the appearance of saggy skin and wrinkles.”

Alicia went on to share a few specific face yoga exercises one can try out at home. It’s best to stand in front of a mirror while doing them, she advised.

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Jawline

This exercise may help with a sagging jawline and double chin, Alicia explained.

Place your elbow on a table with your fist under your chin. Next, press upward along the jawline with your fist while trying to open your mouth.

Hold this position for six seconds. Repeat five to 10 times.

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