I may be a yoga practitioner who regularly works on releasing attachment and letting go of the need to be perfect, but I have some self-esteem. If I was told that doing “facial yoga” could make me look years younger, I was compelled to look into it. It was a short time to discover some promising research and that doing facial yoga a couple of times per week can make you appear at three!
What Is Facial Yoga
The practice of facial yoga isn’t a brand-new concept but rather a new name for it. Different forms of facial exercises, often called face-based aerobics, have been practiced since at least the late 1990s. The practice is now returned in vogue by yoga gurus like Fumiko Takatsu, Danielle Collins, and Gary Sikorski, the creator of Happy Face Yoga.
Does Facial Yoga Work
Gary Sikorski’s Happy Face Yoga program was the focus of an investigation conducted in 2018 that saw 27 women in their mid-life years practicing Face yoga for five months. The participants were instructed on the 32 Happy Face Yoga exercises and were required to do the exercises for 30 minutes each day for eight weeks. They then practiced every day for the remainder of the study. Sixteen women were successful in completing the trial. They completed the test successfully.
Although the study was small in size and scope of analysis, the outcomes were highly positive. Participants had their photos taken at the beginning of the mid-point and at the end of the research. The images were then shown to dermatologists, who evaluated 19 facial features to estimate each woman’s age. The dermatologists noticed significant improvements in cheek fullness; the mean age dropped by 50.8 to 48.1 years during the research.
The study participants also noted improvements in almost all the facial features examined and stated that they were pleased with the results.
Give Facial Yoga a Try
As with any muscle in our body, when we regularly work the strengths of our face, they strengthen and create more firmness beneath the skin. Exercises for the face also boost oxygen flow in the facial area, which results in an elongated, plump appearance.
Since facial yoga is entirely free to experiment with and isn’t invasive without any potential adverse negative side consequences, Why not try it? We suggest starting by doing one of the basics, such as cheek push-ups.
Start the cheek ‘push-up by opening your mouth wide and creating the O shape. Put your fingers on the tops of both cheeks. Put the lip on top over your top teeth, then smile while keeping your mouth open, sensing that the cheeks are rising. Relax your jaw. The cheeks are now pushed up! Repeat ten times.