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Your face is the first thing people look at when meeting you. It is said that “the face is a mirror to the soul.” Here, we break down what you need to do to put your best face forward.

The face is a significant source of information about the internal state of our health. What is inside appears on the outside! Chances are, years of repetitive facial expression plus emotions and imbalances mapped out on the face have left your face in dire need of balance and the skin in dire need of moisture

Let’s face it, we can spend hours at the gym (or yoga & pilates studio) working on our bodies, but it only makes sense that if you want to define and tone the contours of your face, you’re going to need to work those muscles too!

Suppose you no longer wake up looking well-rested and have been looking for an approach to ageing gracefully, one with zero exposure to toxins or invasive peels & injections. In that case, you may want to look into beginning a regular Face Yoga practice for an instant boost of radiance.

What is Face Yoga?

A series of exercises intended to lift, sculpt and tone facial muscles to achieve balance and form in your facial appearance…(oh, and improve your skin health). Face Yoga exercises stimulate blood flow, and increase collagen and elastin production, which in turn can result in tighter and plumper skin, resulting in a more youthful glow.

By rebalancing symmetry in the face and reducing puffiness, the exercises work because they’re based on the same principles as resistance training; the only difference is that you’re using your hands as resistance. 

Face Yoga allows you to find confidence in your appearance and gives a little help with turning back the clock. The fundamentals of Face Yoga are designed to help return the shape of the face as it was in the past, not into an entirely new form. It works by turning on the body’s resources to strengthen and stimulate the muscles of the face, so they become more elastic, toned yet relaxed. 

Because facial muscles attach directly to the skin (and are mainly designed for expression), when we exercise the ones out of balance (and release those tight from overuse), we restore the facial features to a more relaxed and peaceful look. With over 50 muscles in the face, facial exercises stimulate the muscles, skin, and lymphatic system for a more youthful appearance, but one that has you still looking like you!

What Does this Have to Do With the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is considered your fountain of youth. It’s the system that cleanses your body from the inside out and keeps skin cells alive, lifted and firm. Beauty is genuinely built at a cellular level, and the body’s ability to repair cells is a defining characteristic of how strongly you can maintain your youth. 

Poor lymph flow = inflammation, which = ageing. 

The lymphatic system helps to clear cellular waste and toxins under the skin; If not cleared, there’s no room for fresh oxygen and nutrients to feed the cells. When you get rid of fascial adhesions, your skin can then hold on to more moisture.

Fun fact: The skin is one of the fundamental communication systems and replenishes itself at a rate of approximately 30,000 cells per minute. (How’s that for superpower!).

Pros of Face Yoga

  • FaceYoga promotes circulation (collagen and elastin building), hydration and ideal lymphatic flow, which enhance skin health naturally. 
  • Touch releases the hormone oxytocin, which allows us to feel more connected with a greater sense of love and well-being towards ourselves.
  • Facial yoga allows the hands to access vital acupressure points through the face, which has a restorative effect on all the glands, organs, tissues and the nervous system
  • It follows Traditional Chinese medicine channel pathways, bringing the entire body back into a state of homeostasis. Dark circles, anyone? It could be a sign the kidneys need some attention.
  • Face Yoga needs no fancy equipment and can be done in the privacy of your own home.
  • With only a few weeks of practice, visual benefits are fewer fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet, and less puffiness overall.
  • This form of yoga rewards you with a brighter complexion because of increased blood circulating to the face.

Cons of Face Yoga

  • You’ll need to learn the exercises and dedicate time to practice for optimal results. Like anything done infrequently, you can’t expect good results without putting in consistent work.

The good news? It’s easier than you think to restore the facial features back to their original shape (not erasing lines that are supposed to be there). With regular daily practice, it’s surprising how little it takes!

Andrea and Adriana are both CPNs & Face Yoga practitioners passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of Holistic Wellness. With over two decades in the wellness space, they guide their clients through Holistic Nutrition counselling alongside FaceYoga and Facial Reflexology protocols. 

Know more here: www.Andimethod.com  FB: @andifaceyoga 

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