You already know that yoga is great for sculpting a lean and defined body, but did you know it’s also good for your skin? Turns out that yoga poses that target your face can help stimulate circulation and tone your facial muscles. This translates into a youthful face that is beautiful and smooth. However, there is some debate over whether face yoga can actually do you any good, so run it by your doctor before getting started. You might just love the results.
1 Surprise Me
The name of this yoga pose comes from the look of surprise you hold. Widen your eyes as far as they will go and hold the pose until your eyes start to water. The theory is that this tones the muscles around your eyes, helping stave of wrinkles. The look of surprise is the opposite of scowl, so the idea is that you can erase the signs by holding this move.
2 The V
If you want to fight crow’s feet and bags under your eyes, this is yoga pose for you. To do it, place your middle fingers on the inside corners of your eyes and your index fingers on the outer corners of your eyes. Apply a bit of pressure with your index fingers, look up, creating a squint, then relax. Repeat 5 more times, then squeeze your eyes shut tight for 10 seconds.
3 Flirty Eyes
This move can help with hollows around your eyes and also fights droopy eyelids. This move is pretty easy to do. Start by putting your index fingers under your eyes, pointing toward your nose. Fold your lips over your teeth, then flutter your eyelids while looking up for 10 seconds. Easy, right?
4 Smooth the Brow
Want to get rid of those horizontal lines on your forehead that crop up when you are upset of confused? This move should do the trick. To do it, place your fingers on your forehead, palms facing your face. Applying just a bit of pressure, sweep your fingers outward to your temples. Relax, then repeat the move 10 times. Notice a difference?
5 The Giraffe
The name of this yoga move tells you that it benefits your neck. In fact, it can help tighten loose skin on your neck, as well as getting rid of lines at the same time. To do the move, tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Gently run your finger down your neck in a downward motion. Repeat the move two more times. Now jut your lower lip out and look up. Place your fingers on your collarbone and hold for several deep breaths.
6 The Smile Soother
Do this move to get rid of the lines created from smiling and to help sagging skin in general. To start, make an “o” with your mouth, lips covering your teeth. Keeping your teeth hidden, smile widely. Relax and repeat 6 times. Now hold the smile and put your index finger on your chin. Tilt your head back just a bit and open and close your jaw several times.
7 The Neck Lift
This one is pretty easy and is great for taking care of a double chin and eliminating sagging skin on your chin and jaw. To do the move, pucker your lips to the side as far as you can go. Turn your head to the same side as a 45-degree angle. Hold for 3 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
Ever tried facial yoga? Do you think it’s worth a try?