Do you know what people dread the most, apart from getting fat? It’s the spotting signs of ageing such as wrinkles and blemishes. You might have heard about the concept of exercising your face at some point. Face yoga works on stimulating and strengthening the face muscles, tightening the skin and reducing the signs of ageing. By doing the muscle strengthening process and engaging them in resistance training, you can help your body increase blood circulation to the skin.
A little bit of frowning and clowning is best regarded as a non-invasive alternative to Botox surgery. It helps in getting rid of both the wrinkles and needles from your face. Facial exercises are very effective only if you can commit to a routine.
Reasons for Skin Ageing
Age-related skin alterations such as wrinkles, fine lines, discolouration, loss of firmness, etc. are a result of two main processes- Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsic factors or chronological include genetically tuned changes, whereas extrinsic factors include environmental wear-and-tear. But still, the extrinsic factors seem to be the significant reason in most cases.
The process of skin ageing is certain or unavoidable. If you have a better understanding of how and why it happens, then you will be able to manage the signs of skin ageing more effectively. This also helps you to make a better choice in selecting an anti aging cream and other anti aging solutions to improve your skin’s overall health and appearance.
It is evident that 80-90% of the changes one observes on their skin is the result of the daylight exposure. This is also known as photoaging. It further leads to the formation of wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, skin discolouration, and hyperpigmentation.
Other extrinsic factors that affect skin ageing include:
Anti-Aging Facial Yoga Exercises
Facial yoga is a series of exercises that promise to do for your face what yoga does for your body, including relax and tone. Practise the exercises given below and lift and tone your skin in no time.
1. Forehead Smoother
Benefits- This particular exercise uses acupressure to remove the tension at key points in your forehead. With regular practice, this relaxing technique will help remove wrinkles from your face and smooth the persistent forehead lines.
First, place your fists on the forehead. After that apply pressure using the middle and index finger knuckles. Thirdly, try maintaining the pressure as you slowly slide your fists to either side. End at your temples and gently apply more pressure. Repeat the exercise four times.
2. Eye Firmer
Benefits– By stretching the eyes and applying pressure, this exercise helps you fill out the lines that come from the dreaded crow’s feet. Doing the ‘eye firmer’ exercise also gives you a morning wake-up call by smoothing your eye bags and calming up the puffy eyes.
First, form a “V shape” using your fingers and place them on the eyebrows. Then, apply pressure. Without tilting your head, look up towards the ceiling. After that, raise your lower eyelids to form a squint. Relax. Repeat the exercise six times. To complete, keep your eyes shut for at least 10 seconds.
3. Cheek Plumper
Benefits- Round cheeks are considered as the trademark of a youthful face. Do this exercise and work on the muscles in your cheeks upward and push against the natural gravity of your skin. This helps you give a more lifted and plumper appearance.
To begin this exercise, the first thing you have to do is to close your lips tightly. Then, suck your cheeks in, forming the “fish lips” shape. Hold on to this position for at least 10 seconds. Repeat the exercise 5 times.
4. Giraffe face
Benefits- Since the skin is sensitive and thin, the neck is considered as one of the first areas to show ageing signs. Stretching the platysma muscle in your neck every day helps firm up the natural looseness of the décolletage. This even helps to smooth your jawline and mouth area.
First of all, you have to place your fingertips on the collar bones. Then, tilt your head backwards and tightly pucker your lips. As the head is tilted back, jut out your lower lip. After that, place the fingers on your collarbone. Bring back your head to the chest and repeat this exercise two more times. Hold deep breaths four times
5. Jaw stretch
Benefits- Tightening your jawline with this neck firming exercise helps prevent fine lines. This also helps to trim up any unwanted fat in the jaw, and firm up the double chin.
To begin, pucker your lips to one side until you feel a stretch in your cheek area. Then turn the head to that side and lift up (45 degrees angle). Keep holding this position for 3 seconds and feel the stretch in your neck. Repeat this exercise one more time, and then switch to the other side.
6. All-Over Face Firmer
Benefits- This exercise engages your entire face in an effective manner. It has the effect of defining, toning, and activating your cheeks as well as the lower regions of your face.
First, form an “O” shape with your mouth and fold your lips over your teeth. Then, smile using the corners of your mouth. Place the fingers on your cheeks and then apply a little amount of pressure. Close your eyes. Pull your chin away from your face. Hold on to this position for at least 20 seconds. Repeat the exercise thrice.
How Anti- Ageing Facial Exercises works?
The Anti Aging facial exercises targets the lower layer, the middle layer and the upper layer of the skin. While doing these exercises, the blood circulation increases, allowing more oxygen and nourishment to reach the cells of the skin. This results in healthy complexion and a beautiful glow which has fewer toxins.
Face Yoga Tips
- Before touching your face, ensure that your hands are clean.
- Avoid tugging on to your skin in an aggressive way.
- Practise facial yoga consistently six to seven days a week (at least 30 minutes a day).
- Combine face yoga with cardio exercises to further boost complexion.
Like any form of exercise, you should commit to the regiment to effectively strengthen your face muscles. Facial exercises are a non-invasive, low cost and simple way to achieve the perfect anti ageing results. To supplement your anti aging exercises its recommended to select a perfume or cologne that can give you a fresh and youthful aura. Stay young and beautiful, you have got a great life ahead!
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