Yoga works just as well at facial detox and toning as it does for the rest of your body! The benefits of face yoga are not only limited to detox and toning but also include improving the elasticity and tone of your face, giving it a more youthful appearance.
These exercises rooted in ancient Yogic wisdom can have a major impact on the elasticity and the tone of your face—giving it that healthy, youthful look. The added bonus is that you can do them practically anywhere– in front of the TV, your desk at work, even the restaurant bathroom when that girlfriend is running late for lunch—the only requirement is clean hands. Make sure to spread the exercises out, taking a few breaths to let your face relax between each one. Below is a brief guide on how to do face massage:
Wake your face up:
Reach back with your tongue as far as it will go and breathe evenly through a few breaths. It will feel a little strange at first—but it’s totally worth it. This action helps your whole body become alert, especially your face muscles, which makes it a good choice to start with.
Crease out fine lines:
Spend some time creasing out fine lines in the face, like the vertical lines between your brows. Use your forefinger and thumb to push your eyebrows away from each other, which is the opposite direction that they go when frowning or squinting. I find this works best when using a few drops of face oil with the motion.
Stretch your eyelids:
Smooth out crow’s feet:
Erase laugh lines:
Define your jowls:
Put two fingers to your closed lips to prevent air from escaping, and then fill your cheeks with air so they puff out. Hold for a few seconds then release with a soft exhale. This will raise everything in your face preventing the sagging in that area that comes with age.
Another great exercise to firm neck skin is the following: Use the four fingers to massage upwards, starting at the collarbone and ending at the chin. Massage the neck alternatively with each hand using firm upward strokes. Repeat for about 20 quick strokes.
An all-over facelift:
Place the index and middle finger of each hand firmly under the lower lip, and the thumb under the chin. (Your fingertips should be touching and creating a slight V that your chin can rest in). Move each hand up towards the ear with a firm sweeping motion along your cheeks. End with your thumbs on the dip just behind your ear—where the jawbone meets the bony part of your skull). Press the point gently but firmly with your thumb, applying even pressure for about 30 seconds. This stimulates the marma point attached to facial muscles and nerves, helping tone skin fight the appearance of wrinkles. Face massage for wrinkles is an effective technique which can help you to combat the appearance of wrinkles. Repeat this non-surgical facelift technique 5-10 times.