Facial yoga: the trend with anti-aging effect?

Facial yoga exercises the muscles in the face, which can contribute to firmer skin

Over the years, the skin loses its elasticity. The result: wrinkles. The cosmetics and beauty industry tries to prevent this aging process with countless products. There is no need for chemicals, Botox or an unpleasant feeling on the skin. Like? With facial yoga. Annett Hausmann from the cosmetics and wellness studio "Zeit fur mich" Explains how the special facial exercises work and why they are particularly suitable for the home office.

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Who does not wish to reach old age without wrinkles?? For some people this desire is so great that they treat their face with various creams, hide it behind make-up or even have their wrinkles injected. At the same time, there is an easier way to counteract the natural aging processes: Facial Yoga. The effectiveness is confirmed by a study published in the journal "Jama Dermatology".

For this study, participants performed 32 different exercises for 20 weeks. For medical evaluation, dermatologists had looked at certain individual features on the women’s faces before and after the study. Their conclusion: at the end of the study, the participants looked three years younger.

The explanation is quite simple: the human face consists of 26 muscles. They help people laugh, cry and grimace, in addition they form the basis for a tight skin. As we age, our muscle and subcutaneous fat tissue diminishes and wrinkles form. Facial yoga re-trains those muscles and can help tighten skin.

Ms. Hausmann, what exactly is facial yoga?

Facial yoga is nothing more than muscle training to build up the muscles in the face. As we age, we lose subcutaneous fatty tissue. In addition, we no longer use all the facial muscles or only the wrong muscles.

With this special training we can counteract this development. With the muscle build-up we also replace lost subcutaneous fat tissue in order to counteract the downward trend (sagging cheeks, drooping lids, bags under the eyes).

Is this comparable to progressive muscle relaxation?

There is an exercise called "the lion". While doing this, you furrow your brow and purse your lips to show your consciousness how it feels when your muscles are tensed and relaxed.

For facial yoga, however, this exercise would be counterproductive. We do not want to produce additional wrinkles. That is why we pay even more attention to the facial yoga, not to additionally wrinkle the facial skin. Rather, we want it to stay toned.

How did you get the idea to teach facial yoga??

I have been a beautician since 1993 and I grow old with my clients. I know through this that anti-wrinkle creams can only have a limited effect. Of course, no cream can counteract the sad, drooping facial expression and deep wrinkles.

My clients asked me what would help, what they could do about the wrinkles. I then did some research and came across facial yoga during my research. I work holistically and solutions like Botox or expensive operations do not fit into my concept. Facial yoga was just logical for me.

What are the positive effects of regular facial training?

Of course, it is mainly our genetic makeup that determines how quickly we age visually. Nevertheless, the external appearance can be influenced. For example, mimic wrinkles, such as the frown line or sagging cheeks, can be reduced.

Besides, facial yoga stimulates metabolic processes and blood circulation. And even a straighter posture has cosmetic effects: If you stand up straight, you will have a smaller double chin and a different charisma to your counterpart.

For example, I no longer furrow my brow. Through regular training you learn to control the impulse. And if you do not pull the frown line, then it can not form. Especially for younger people, it’s good to know that there are preventive exercise.

In general, you can do a lot of prevention at a young age. Personally, I just enjoy it because I see quick results, both in myself and in others. And I broaden my horizon.

Facial yoga trains the muscles in the face and can thus contribute to a firmer skin

Facial yoga expands your horizons? How exactly do you mean that?

It is important to accept yourself and your skin and not to compare yourself with others. It is not attractive not to have a single wrinkle on your face at 69. It is attractive to have a fresh, friendly appearance and a relaxed face with a friendly smile and a nice posture to go with it. We can train ourselves wonderfully with facial yoga.

Sometimes clients come and say they have large pores. To this I reply: "No, you have great pores. The skin has pores. She needs them. The industry just tells you not to see pores." This is what facial yoga stands for. That you learn to get in touch with reality and not to compare yourself with photoshopped images.

Do I need any tools for facial yoga??

A mirror is important to check if you are doing the exercise correctly. Otherwise we do a lot with our hands. You hold it in place with your hands and then move it around with your hands too.

Facial yoga can be practiced anywhere?

Theoretically yes. Of course it’s funny when you do the lion in the car and stick out your tongue without telling the driver. I like to do facial yoga in the morning. This is my ritual for ten minutes. It’s best to do it without makeup, with a cleansed face and washed hands.

You should have a good posture in front of the mirror: either standing up or sitting on the edge of a chair . It’s best to find a quiet place, because some exercises are a bit weird and maybe not meant for a crowded waiting room.

For example, there’s a great eye exercise that’s great to do on the bus. At the same time you try to look at the passing objects without turning your head. That is, you rotate the eyeballs as much as possible. Then look up without moving your head and watch the ads on the ceiling. It is not so easy to keep the head still. You can quickly feel how the eye muscles are being strained.

Facial yoga is also interesting in the home office. Because if you look at a screen for hours, you don’t challenge your eyes enough. You are forced to look at things for hours at the same distance, blinking too little. That is, the important tear film for the eyes is not given. Eyes become dry, burning and itchy. The result is a headache.

Breaks are very good for turning away from the screen and doing some small exercises. This is also good for eyesight.

What do these exercises do?

Drooping eyelids are caused by slackening of the muscles around the eyes. If you open your eyes wide several times without furrowing your brow, you will quickly feel how the muscles around the eyes are strained.

That’s why this exercise helps against drooping eyelids. Drooping eyelids are also an issue that has a lot to do with the muscles of the forehead. To activate it, exercises with the help of the hands help.

If I wanted to start practicing facial yoga today, how would I prepare for it??

I taught myself a lot through videos. However, I noticed that I did many exercises wrong at first. Often, for example, when you hold your hands against your face, you are too rough and squeeze too hard. Then you squeeze wrinkles. If you want to do facial yoga seriously, you should have a trainer show you the exercises properly one time.

Most of the time a large course of two to three hours is enough and then of course you can practice by yourself at home. There are also teaching materials where you can review what you learned in class. Facial yoga is still a niche, that’s why I’ve been looking for a trainer for a long time. The normal yoga teachers usually also have facial muscle exercises, but these are often not detailed or sufficient enough.

How often should I do the exercises to achieve an effect?

To achieve a visible and positive effect, facial yoga should be practiced daily for about ten minutes. One day a week the muscles are happy to have a day of rest. One should start with many relaxation exercises and increase with time. It’s like jogging.

Can you get sore muscles from it?

Yes. The muscles in the face lie in the skin. It is not connected to joints, as you know it for example in the arm. All except the muscle that moves your jaw. That is why we often have tension and cramps in that area.

That’s where the saying comes from: grit your teeth and get through it! Facial yoga helps very well against this. Often clients have sore muscles and feel their face immediately after training in the class.

What are your favorite exercises?

I have a favorite exercise. You open your mouth and form a slight "O" shape. Then you stretch the upper and lower lip over the teeth. Just as you used to mimic a toothless grandpa when you were a child. In this position, you try to pull up the corners of your mouth and smile, creating a tension between your nose and upper lip.

Hold the position, and don’t forget to breathe. If you want to intensify the exercise, you can look up – but without turning your head and frowning. When it starts to burn a little bit in the mouth region, hold it for another 10 to 15 seconds. And then let go.

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