Convinced? Follow these four exercises to get a feel for face yoga. This simple daily routine takes mere minutes to do, whether during your skincare routine, at your desk, or while stuck in traffic (better do the stress-reducing one twice, then).
TO FIRM UP THE FOREHEAD: THE OWL
Make a big ‘C’ shape with your thumb and index fingers. 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 for a total of five times. Finish by holding this position for ten seconds.
TO LIFT AND TONE THE NECK MUSCLES: THE SWAN NECK
Begin by 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, before repeating on your left side. Repeat up to three times.
TO REDUCE PUFFINESS AND TO RELAX THE MUSCLES: CIRCLE THE EYES
Place your middle fingers at the beginning of your eyebrows. Start to gently tap around your eyes following the top of your eyebrow and then continue under your eye just at the top of your cheekbones. Then continue to the inside corners of your eye. Then repeat, going in the opposite direction, making little tapping motions. Then, 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.
TO RELEASE NECK TENSION, TONE AND LIFT THE NECK AREA: THE GIRAFFE
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.