Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Face Yoga

How does face yoga work?

In facial fitness classes like Hayashi’s (which run $200 per 50-minute session), you’ll learn to “wake up your sleeping muscles in your face” to improve tone (she says 80% of them lay dormant), and “relax your facial muscles, especially your over[worked] muscles which cause wrinkles” she explains. To smooth wrinkles and firm up saggy spots, Hayashi shared her five best face yoga exercises. You might feel silly making these faces at first, but the results speak for themselves.

1 Warm Up

Everything to Know About Face Yoga

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How to do the exercise: Start your “workout circuit” by blowing exaggerated raspberries not only just with the lips, but with the cheeks as well. “The bigger vibration is better for relaxing facial muscles,” says Hayashi. “Lip muscles are a core muscle for the face. By relaxing these muscles, other muscles are relaxed too.”

How often to do it: At least once (and up to three times) per day, “or whenever you feel stressed,” says Hayashi.2Slim Your “Tech Neck” Double Chin

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How to do the exercise: Keeping your shoulders down and relaxed, tip your chin up to the ceiling until you feel a good stretch in the upper neck and chin area. Then, alternate making duck lips and sticking out your tongue, holding each “pose” for 5 seconds each. Repeat three times.

Make sure to keep your chin extended and keep your neck taut the whole while. Hayashi reminds that this should feel a bit strenuous: “If you don’t get tired, it’s not effective.”

How often to do it: 1-2 times per day

3 Smooth Smile Lines

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How to do the exercise: First off, don’t stop smiling and laughing! “If you don’t smile, you’re not going to develop cheek muscle,” says Hayashi. Instead, tackle smile lines by “breaking down the tension in the muscle from the inside out by using the tongue.”

Starting up by the nose, where Hayashi says the lines tend to be deepest, “stick your tongue inside your mouth and make a tiny circle on the labial line.” Do five circles clockwise and counterclockwise on each side to smooth smile lines.

How often to do it: once per day4Firm Up Saggy Cheeks and Jowls

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How to do the exercise: “Bulldog face is cute for dogs but not cute for us,” says Hayashi. “To remove the saggy cheeks, pull everything to the side: imagine your right teeth pulled to the left side of your mouth” in what should look kind of like a sideways kissy-face. Hold for 10 seconds for an effective exercise that “trains and stretches at the same time. It is a great way to improve skin elasticity,” Hayashi says.

How often to do it: 3-5 times per day, for best results5Fight Eye Wrinkles and Crow’s Feet

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How to do the exercise: Keeping shoulders back and relaxed, point your chin down to your chest and make an oval with your mouth. At the same time, look upward with just the eyes: “don’t move your head or shoulders, you should feel stretching underneath the eye,” says Hayashi.

Hold for three seconds, and then tuck the upper lip inside the mouth to make an “ahh” face. This circuit should give you “a deep stretch in the face … so that wrinkles don’t stay.”

How often to do it: Once a day, no more. Otherwise, you risk bringing “too much stretch” to the skin and the muscles in the face.

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