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A dose of scepticism is warranted
My favourite phase of the lockdown was not playing Ludo or baking or making Dalgona coffee (am I the only one that hated it?). It was when my mother and I tried to practice face yoga every morning. Spoiler: it did not end well. Largely because I couldn’t keep a straight face and my mother lost her patience with my childish antics.
Are these facial exercises the silly-looking secret to de-puffing tired eyes and chiselling a snacker’s jaw? Celebrities like Malaika Arora and Meghan Markle believe they are. In fact, Meghan Markle told Birchbox, “I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are way more sculpted.”
In theory, it is plausible. If you want to get toned, defined Deepika Padukone-like arms, you would try a regimen of pushups or planks. If it’s abs you’re after, then you would throw in a few sets of bicycle crunches. So if you want to tone and contour your face, it makes sense that you would have to work on those muscles through face yoga.
To put it simply, it’s is a series of exercises that intentionally isolate and tone your face muscles. Proponents believe that it works as an anti-ageing youth elixir, giving sunken cheeks a lift and getting rid of that stubborn double-chin.
Vibhuti Arora, face yoga expert and founder of House of Beauty India, says, “The logic behind it is simple. As we age, we lose collagen and elastin, and tend to store stress and tension in between the muscle gaps. This leads to ageing and fine lines. When you exercise your face, the blood flow is rebooted, and the vitamins flush back into the facial skin. Face yoga plumps the muscle and tightens the skin on top, giving your face a younger, tighter and more youthful appearance.”
The premise is that twisting our faces into certain strange expressions acts as resistance training to tone underlying facial muscles.
Dr Rinky Kapoor, cosmetic dermatologist and dermato-surgeon at The Esthetic Clinic, says, “It enhances the structural appearance of the face by strengthening the muscles of the cheeks and face. The exercises and massages target your face, neck, and shoulders, so you might be able to get a natural facelift.”
Face yoga’s main purpose is skin tightening. It stimulates the blood flow in the face, which then increases the production of collagen and delays the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It could also reduce puffiness around the eyes, get rid of wrinkles and help in making your skin glow.
Proper facial yoga, when done right, also helps to get the lymphatic drainage system flowing and can relieve you of that ‘perpetually tired’ appearance, according to Kapoor.
While the thought of looking a few years younger makes your squeal on the inside — we would recommend taking digesting these claims with a spoonful of scepticism.
A 2018 study published in Jama Dermatology involved a group of 27 women, aged 40-65, who adopted a regimen of 32 facial exercises. After following this schedule every day for eight weeks and then every other day for the next 12 weeks, their photographs showed, “significant improvement in upper and lower cheek fullness.”
This study has since been widely criticised. The sample size of women was small and homogenous, and they didn’t consider whether face yoga had lasting effects.
There are also plenty of doctors who are raising their eyebrows at the idea that face yoga will make you look like your teenage self again.
Dr Devayani Barve-Venkat, MS general surgery and MCh plastic surgery, explains, “Face yoga and facial exercises definitely have a place in our lives. But I do not see it as an ultimate solution to all anti-ageing concerns. There is a science and an explanation behind what exercise can work and what won’t.”
Another concern that many share is that face yoga might actually lead to more wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet than it is getting rid of. Over time, repeated muscle movements weaken your skin’s elasticity. And what is face yoga is not repeated muscle movements?
Barve-Venkat says, “Excessive movement around the eyes will cause frown lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet to appear. It’s essential to be gentle and use only percussive taps on the delicate areas of the face, such as under eyes.”
With caution in mind and a gentle touch, you could try these basic face yoga exercises at home
The Forehead Smoother
Benefits: Lifts eyebrows, smoothes frown lines, prevents eyelid droop and releases tension
Lower eyelid firmer
Benefits: Strengthens upper and lower eyelids, increases blood circulation, brightens skin around eyes and decreases under-eye puffiness.
Facial sculpting routine
Article Source - https://tweakindia.com/wellness/health/face-yoga-for-woman-can-be-anti-ageing/
Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.