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).

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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.

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