Take Your Face to the Gym!

Just 10 min­utes a day – that’s all you need to tone your face with these fun ex­er­cises. It’s like a non­sur­gi­cal face lift!

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G oing un­der the knife to keep your face look­ing young is dras­tic – and not for ev­ery­one. Good news: it’s not nec­es­sary, ei­ther. In­cor­po­rat­ing ‘fa­cial yoga’ into your daily rou­tine (start­ing now) is some­thing your face will thank you for later. So here’s to pulling ridic faces in the name of beauty!

The Ben­e­fits

We all hold ten­sion in our body, and the same goes for our face. It’s the first place that shows the ten­sion – just think of all the times you’ve frowned in frus­tra­tion to­day. Car­ry­ing out a se­quence of fa­cial ex­er­cises can help pro­mote blood and oxy­gen cir­cu­la­tion to the dif­fer­ent parts of your face. Reg­u­lar fa­cial yoga also helps stim­u­late skin-cell re­gen­er­a­tion, pre­vent­ing wrin­kles and leav­ing you with a glowy com­plex­ion.

The ex­er­cises For the fore­head

These will help tighten and firm mus­cles – be­cause ain’t noth­ing sexy about lines!

EASY Place your fin­gers over closed lids and raise your eyebrows. Do this 10 times.

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE Stare straight ahead, then pull your fore­head as far back as you can (as if you’re reach­ing for the top of your head).

DIF­FI­CULT As in the in­ter­me­di­ate ex­er­cise, pull your fore­head back – but this time, try to raise one eye­brow at a time.

For the eyes

Pre­vent droop­ing lids and puffi­ness, and keep skin firm around the eye area.

EASY Warm up some mois­turiser be­tween your palms, then gen­tly place hands over your closed eyes for 30 sec­onds.

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE Place three fin­gers (in­dex, mid­dle and ring) un­der each eye. Gen­tly pull down the skin and hold there for 10 sec­onds.

DIF­FI­CULT Cre­ate a V-shape with your in­dex and mid­dle fin­gers and place over eyes, ap­ply­ing pres­sure to the outer cor­ners of your brows. Look up at the ceil­ing and raise the lower lids up­wards to make a strong squint. Hold for 10 sec­onds.

For the cheeks

Per­form these daily to say good­bye to cheek fat and hello to toned mus­cles.

EASY Smile as hard you can. Place two fin­gers at the top of your cheek­bones and push down while hold­ing the smile.

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE Fill one cheek with air, hold it for a few sec­onds, then do it with the other cheek. Do this 10 times.

DIF­FI­CULT Tilt your head back so you’re fac­ing the ceil­ing, then pucker your lips and blow air out of your mouth. Re­peat 15 times for a good stretch in the cheek mus­cles.

For the jaw­line

It’s one of the first places to sag – tackle it be­fore it starts work­ing its way down your neck!

EASY Clench your jaw for 10 sec­onds, then re­lease it.

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE Tilt your head up, keep­ing eyes fixed on the ceil­ing. Pre­tend you’re kiss­ing the air above you – you should feel the strain along the jaw­line and down the neck.

DIF­FI­CULT Part your lips, then pull the lower part of your mouth as far down as you can. Re­turn to start. Do this 10 times – you’ll feel a stretch (like an elas­tic), which means it’s work­ing.

There’s more…

Bring­ing new mean­ing to beauty from the in­side out, ‘in­ner fa­cials’ (per­formed from in­side the mouth), are the se­cret to many A-lis­ters’ sculpted and glow­ing faces, in­clud­ing Gwyneth Pal­trow, Meghan Markle and Jen­nifer Anis­ton. Meghan’s fa­cial­ist Ni­chola Joss, cre­ator of the in­ner fa­cial, of­ten shares at-home tech­niques via In­sta­gram, so fol­low her for in­sider tips @nichola­joss.

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