Face Yoga: A Myth Or A Miracle?


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Whether you’re looking for a snatched jawline, fewer wrinkles, or just a new way to relax, face yoga might be the answer!

Here’s everything that you need to know.

What is Face Yoga?

A phenomenon that’s been taking the internet by storm, face yoga is a combination of massage and exercise targeting areas around your face, neck and shoulders.

Many people swear that face yoga is the natural alternative to cosmetic surgery, and there is some research that suggests that it can result in stronger cheek and face muscles, giving you a fuller, younger look. 

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How does it work?

Face yoga targets and strengthens muscles in your face, while at the same time stimulating blood circulation and easing any tension in your face. This triple threat results in a brighter, tighter and happier look!

Danielle Collins, founder of Danielle Collins’ Face Yoga, explains that in order to get the best results out of this method, you should also make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating healthily and not overstressing yourself constantly. You also need to be patient, as many people only see results after several weeks of consistent face yoga sessions, but the results could be so worth it. 

You can design your own routine that targets specific areas of your face that you want to focus on, or you can take a more broad approach where everything is covered.

Multiple studies have shown that after consistent practice over the span of a number of weeks, many participants noticed positive changes in certain areas of the face. However, other studies have not been so conclusive, reminding us that what works for some might not work for others. 

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Face yoga can possibly reduce wrinkles and lines, tone and control facial muscles, reduce under-eye darkness and bags and prevent sagging.

For those not interested in the cosmetic side of face yoga, don’t worry, there are a number of health benefits that could be achieved through this exercise.

This method is believed to reprogram muscle memory, and ease symptoms of TMJ disorders, and the massage element of the exercise relieves stress and improves mood. 

How can you do it?

Face yoga is a much more accessible method than other facial improvement and reconstruction methods such as cosmetic surgery.  Experts offer courses and programmes online and in-person, but there are also hundreds of free online tutorials all over the internet.

Many practitioners incorporate face yoga into their skincare routine, as it is much easier to do after applying a facial oil or moisturiser (for less friction). Why not start with some gentle tapping and massaging around your face using your fingers?

This will stimulate the blood circulation in your face, giving it a lighter look. The massaging and gentle pulling will exercise facial muscles, tightening your skin, and help with lymphatic drainage, which will reduce swelling and puffiness in the face. 

If you don’t want to use your fingers, that’s okay! Experts suggest using a gua sha or a face roller as a possibly more hygienic alternative.

Typical massage patterns to follow while practising face yoga include rounded motions along the brow bone and forehead, pulling motions across the cheekbones and jawline, and upward motions on the neck. To make these exercises as enjoyable and relaxing as possible, why not incorporate some breathing techniques?

You can find more tips and tricks on how to practise face yoga here.

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What’s the catch?

It is important to remember that there is not enough substantial research to guarantee the promises of face yoga.

Although many people swear by it, others have seen little to no results. Although there is no harm in trying, the practice is time-consuming and doesn’t guarantee long-lasting results. It is up to you to decide if it is worth your time and effort. Hopefully, it works for you!

Words by Aicha Chalouche