Face yoga: these exercises are proven to be the ultimate slow-ageing routine
Turn that frown line upside down
Face yoga is being hailed as the ultimate face workout. While it’s not exactly a trend, new studies suggest that these seemingly easy exercises will tighten, tone and brighten your skin. It may look like you’re just pulling a funny face, but the exercises are very impactful. They work on all the layers of the skin, while improving blood circulation, stimulating collagen production, increasing the oxygen flow to the cells, and strengthening small muscles. You will notice a radiant complexion and toned face within the first two weeks.
Start off easy by practicing face yoga for 20 minutes, thrice a week, then slowly build up to doing it six times a week. You can even do this on your daily commute in the backseat of a car, so there are almost no excuses why you shouldn’t be doing face yoga.
This ‘binocular’ pose makes you aware of all the times you unconsciously move your brows creating lines on your forehead. Curl each hand into a ‘c’, and place the index fingers on your brows while the thumb rests on your cheeks. Press the fingers downwards and outwards, and open your eyes as wide as possible. Press the brows down so your forehead doesn’t crease. Then close your eyes. Repeat twice.
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Awaken your facial muscles and relieve the tension by sticking your tongue out. Push it towards your chin and open your eyes wide, looking upwards. Squeeze the muscles at the front of your throat and give your best lion roar while exhaling. Do this thrice, then relax your tongue, and repeat.
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If your phone is giving you a tech neck and a double chin, then look up to define your jaw. Turn your head to the right, and tilt your chin towards the ceiling. Press the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth, smile, then swallow, and hold for a few seconds. Repeat this in the middle and to the other side—10 times each.
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To put the muscles in your cheek area to work and to reduce the appearance of laugh lines while toning your face, take a deep breath and puff out your cheeks. Move your breath from one cheek to the other, until you run out of breath.
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Make your lips and the muscles around them firm with a good workout. Pucker up and vibrate your lips for a few seconds by imitating the sound of a motorboat. Keep going till your mouth feels tingly.
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