Face Yoga: the Anti Ageing Face Workout

You’ll already be familiar with yoga, an exercise that focuses on body, soul and balance, but have you heard of face yoga yet? When practiced daily, face yoga or facial massaging, has been proven to anti-age, to improve the appearance of skin tone, structure and sagging, and to better your general skin quality – here’s how to do it!

But before you master our five favourite positions, here’s what Oriflame Senior Director of Science and Innovation, Dr. Alain Mavon, has to say: “Recent research has confirmed that exercises that contract and relax facial muscles stimulate the fibroblasts and prevent the loss of skin elasticity. It’s a technique that’s known to help the skin keep its bounce, which has a real effect on sagging. If you ask me, a few minutes a day of facial exercises and a skin care routine (such as NovAge Ultimate Lift) is the secret to younger looking skin!” 

1. Tongue Stretcher
Good for:This position may look silly, but it actually helps to flush toxins from around your eyes.
Exercise: Keep your eyes wide open and look upward. Open your mouth, stretch your tongue downward, toward your chin as far as you can. Hold for 10 seconds and then repeat.

2. The V
Good for: The V targets the ageing of your eye and forehead area and helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
Exercise: Make a V shape with your middle and index fingers on both hands. Press your middle finger into the inside corner of each eyebrow and your index finger into the outside corner. Look to the ceiling and lift your lower eyelids upwards so that you are squinting. Then relax. Repeat six times.

3. Nose shaping 
Good for: It strengthens your nose muscles and prevents your nose from sagging.
Exercise: Use your index fingers to pinch your nostrils shut. Remove your fingers and hold your nostrils in place and then release. Repeat several times.

4. Fish Face
Good for: This position remedies laughter lines and prevents your jawline from sagging.
Exercise: Pull your lips into a “fish face” position and smile. Hold this position for 30 seconds, release and then repeat.

5. Kiss The Sky
Good for: It helps reduce wrinkles and loose skin around your neck whilst strengthening your jaw muscles.
Exercise: Lean your head back towards the ceiling, stretching your neck upwards. Pucker your lips as if you were blowing a kiss. Release and repeat.

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