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!
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!
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.
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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