The latest celebrity fad we all want to try is face yoga - here's what the heck we mean by that, and how to do it...
Since the announcement of the royal wedding, Meghan Markle fever has well and truly arrived. Everyone wants to know everything there is to know about the actress — especially when it comes to her flawless beauty routine. Luckily for us, the-soon-to-be-princess has let out a few secrets about her skincare habits. Taking a cue from the wellness sphere, Ms Markle highly recommends face yoga.
“I regularly do facial exercises; I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are way more sculpted.” She said.
So, what exactly is Face Yoga?
Facial Yoga is a combination of facial exercises and skin massage techniques to work the hypodermis (lower layer of the skin), the dermis (middle layer) and the epidermis (upper layer), says Danielle Collins who created The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method.
“By working all these layers correctly, it will increase the blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and more nourishment to reach the cells of the skin. The result is a clear, healthy complexion with a beautiful glow which has less toxins and has a better ability to absorb moisture.” She says.
Work out like Meghan and add these facial exercises to your health and wellness routine. The practice is thought to strengthen the muscles attached to the skin, improve lymph flow and relax lines caused by holding tension in the face for long periods of time. And it’s thought to reduce wrinkles, sagging skin and puffiness, and allow the skin to look healthier and more youthful.
Danielle also recommends using massage techniques. “Face massage combined with the face exercises will increase collagen and elastin, the natural plumping agents – which will mean a firmer and healthier complexion. Boosting the collagen and elastin is a key way for the skin to look younger and healthier.”
How to do it
“You can do anything from 2 minutes to 20 minutes a day,” says Danielle, “but the key is to keep it up regularly. Doing face yoga daily means you will strengthen and lift your face muscles, boost collagen and elastin and relax tension from stress age expressions.”
Everyone’s results vary but daily practice could see results after just a week. Here’s are some of Danielle’s daily exercises to try yourself at home.
1. The Owl: To firm up the forehead, reducing lines and wrinkles
Make a big C shape with your thumb and index finger. Place your index finger just above and parallel to your eyebrows and your thumbs on your cheeks. Start to pull down with the index fingers while trying to raise your eyebrows and making the eyes wide. Hold for two seconds, relax and repeat. Repeat this three times and then hold for ten seconds.
2. Circle the Eyes: To reduce bags and puffiness under the eyes
Gently tap around your eyes following the top of your eyebrow and then continue under your eye just at the top of your cheekbones and to the inside corners of your eyes. Then repeat, going in the opposite direction, making little tapping motions. This is great for reducing eye wrinkles, boosting circulation and relaxing the muscles. Finally, with your index fingers, very gently stroke just under your eyes from the nose outwards four times to warm up and relax the eye area.
3. Swan Neck: To lift and tone the neck muscles
Begin looking straight ahead with your chin level. Turn your head to the right so that it is even with your right shoulder and then tilt your head backwards. Hold for six to eight seconds. Return your head to the forward position with your chin level and repeat on the left side. Tilt your head back and hold for six to eight seconds. Repeat the cycle up to three times.
4. Giraffe: To release neck tension, tone and lift the neck area.
Looking straight ahead place your finger tips on the top of your neck and lightly stroke the skin down as you tilt your head back. Bring your head back down and repeat twice more. Then jut your lower lip out as far as possible, place your fingers on your collarbone and point your chin upwards, pulling the corners of your mouth down. Hold for four deep breaths.