Re­lax your face…

with yoga Yes, it’s a thing – and it works!

Prevention (Australia) - - In This Issue -

New re­search has found that giv­ing your face a gen­tle work­out can have a sur­pris­ing ef­fect on your ap­pear­ance. Ac­cord­ing to a new study from the North­west­ern Univer­sity School of Medicine in the US, 30 min­utes of fa­cial ‘yoga’ ev­ery day can help you look more youth­ful.

The the­ory? Build­ing up mus­cle helps the face look fuller, coun­ter­act­ing loss of elas­tic­ity. “There is some ev­i­dence that fa­cial ex­er­cises may re­duce some vis­i­ble signs of age­ing,” lead au­thor Dr Mu­rad Alam says. “The ex­er­cises en­large and strengthen the fa­cial mus­cles, so the face be­comes firmer and more toned.”

The Duchess of Sus­sex, Meghan Markle swears by the un­con­ven­tional method, and has re­port­edly at­trib­uted her sculpted cheek­bones and jaw to celebrity aes­theti­cian Nichola Joss, whose sig­na­ture ‘in­ner fa­cial’ in­volves mas­sag­ing in­side the mouth.

You can do it, too. Try this ex­er­cise de­vel­oped by Gary Siko­rski of Happy Face Yoga, a co-au­thor on the re­search: Smile with­out show­ing teeth then purse lips together and smile, forc­ing cheek mus­cles up. Place fin­gers on cor­ners of the mouth, slide them up to the top of the cheeks and hold for 20 sec­onds. It’s like a salute to the sun, for your cheek­bones.

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