A Beginner’s Guide To Facial Yoga
Over the years, facial yoga has not only emerged as a popular method of self-care but also as the cheaper, natural alternative to invasive cosmetic facial treatment. Claiming to use all-natural methods, professionals guarantee that this has facial sculpting, slimming, and anti-aging properties. The best part? It won’t even cost you a dime.
With countless YouTube videos and celebrities swearing by it, facial yoga seems to be a dream come true. As such, we’ve compiled a beginner’s guide on facial yoga –– what it is, how to go about attempting it, and the best exercises to do.
What Is Facial Yoga?
Before delving into facial yoga, we must first understand our own faces, and why there’s a need for such an exercise in the first place. There are a total of 42 facial muscles that we contract and expand daily to create our facial expressions. Though they remain largely unnoticed in our daily lives, the repeated flexing of these muscles over time will result in eventual wrinkles and grooves. The reason why these wrinkles are mostly unnoticeable in our youth is due to the existence of fatty pads beneath the skin, which act as cushions to plump up our facial muscles and bone structure. But wait, there’s a catch. As we age, these fatty pads will eventually begin to break down and disappear, leaving hollowed-out cheeks and drooping jaws behind. Coupled with a slower rate of collagen and elastin production, these fine lines and wrinkles will be exacerbated even further.
Although facial yoga has recently blown up on social media (thanks to celebrity advocates Meghan Markle and Gwyneth Paltrow), it certainly isn’t a one-time trending fad. In fact. people have been using facial massage techniques and acupressure in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Facial yoga makes use of specific facial movements to target and isolate the muscle and connective tissues, thereby aiding in strengthening muscle memory, contouring, toning, and tightening the skin. This brings in the potential for facial sculpting, as you’re now able to sharpen your jawline, decrease puffiness, and firm up those sagging jowls. Furthermore, as you work to relax these facial muscles, you’re simultaneously preventing the chances of wrinkles and fine lines to develop, thus producing anti-aging properties. Lastly, facial yoga helps in promoting blood circulation, which increases cell oxygen and nutrient absorption –– perfect for enhancing your collagen production and achieving that healthy, youthful glow. You can even enhance the effects of facial yoga with tools like SBLA’s Facial Instant Sculpting Wand.
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How Do You Do Facial Yoga?
Your hands (and in particular, your fingers) are the most crucial part of facial yoga: they’re used to examine muscle tension, facial acupressure points, cupping, and toning. We recommend using a combination of hands and gua sha tools when performing your facial yoga, especially if you’re looking to tighten your jawline and depuff your face. Originating from traditional Chinese medicine, gua sha entails taking a small tool (usually made of jade or crystal) to circulate your body’s qi, by scraping it along the meridian lines. Hence, using this technique for facial and skincare purposes will greatly encourage lymphatic drainage and the removal of excess bodily toxins. Over time, this will help decongest the skin, promote collagen formulation, thereby reducing the severity of acne and dark circles, and simultaneously tighten the jawline and redefine facial structure. Don’t forget to target your neck and jawline area as well; simply add SBLA Beauty’s Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand to your routine for a thorough facial yoga session.
Most facial yoga classes use a combination of facial exercises, facial acupressure, breathing practices, sound work, and basic massage techniques. Several short meditations and affirmations are placed along the way, slotted in between each facial exercise. Though most classes follow a standard schedule (starting with an introduction, warm-up, seated facial exercises, and ending with meditation) not all classes have similar goals. For example, one class may focus significantly on meditation for a month, facial exploration the next, and massage the next.
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What Are The Best Facial Yoga Poses?
As with everything, good things take time. That’s why consistency is key –– we strongly advise that facial yoga should be done daily, for 20 mins at a time. It might seem like much, but you’ll be thanking me after a fortnight! That’s why we recommend committing to a facial yoga class, instead of embarking on this journey alone; even with the best of intentions, it’s way too easy to accidentally miss or leave out key details during your facial yoga session. Plus, remember to properly moisturize your face with an oil or serum before application –– you don’t want to cause unnecessary tugging at the skin.
The Heart-Shaped Box
A long-term facial yoga favorite, the Heart-Shaped Box exercise targets wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes to give a youthful, vibrant expression. Take your middle finger and gently push your eyebrows towards your eyes in a down-and-out manner. Concurrently, rest your thumbs on your cheeks and slightly lift them towards the eyes; this creates the desired heart-shaped box effect on your face. Repeat this exercise ten times a day to observe noticeable differences.
Hold your thumbs along the nasolabial lines whilst using your index fingers to touch your brow muscles. Next, use the muscles around the upper lip and nose area to lift your upper lip, holding it slightly open for around 50 seconds each. If possible, we recommend avoiding touching the eyebrow muscles –– this will allow the exercise to target the muscles around the mouth. Repeat this exercise 100 times daily to achieve the desired effect.
Look At The Ceiling
If you’re looking to achieve a tighter jawline and cheekbone definition, this exercise is perfect for you! It’s fairly simple: pucker up your lips while gazing at the ceiling for five to fifteen seconds, before returning to a neutral position (and expression) and repeating the exercise. For best results, try sticking out your tongue whilst looking up –– this will greatly help in strengthening your neck muscles.
Facial yoga is such a popular anti-aging remedy simply because it makes use of repeated natural movements to stimulate collagen production, lymphatic drainage, and the removal of excess bodily toxins. Over time, this promotes significantly long-term lifted, toned, and radiant skin.
Furthermore, the meditations and affirmations that facial yoga comes with help to greatly relieve tension and promote a culture of self-reflection and acceptance. Facial yoga emphasizes that beauty is a state of mind; it is a reaffirmation of your self-worth and confidence that gives you an inner beauty that nothing can take away from. Now, doesn’t that seem like it’s worth trying?
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