Works facial exercise in the nasolabial fold
Facial yoga is super strange, but it actually works
First of all, I would like to say that I am not “against” aging. I want to live a long life and that means I'm getting old. The changes that come with it are not a sign of failure. And yet, some of the more obvious signs of aging - aging skin, brittle hair, and a hopeless relationship with technology - aren't qualities I'm dying to adopt. In my zeal for aging, I exercise regularly, color my curls and try at least constantly new technologies out. When “Yoga for Your Face” appeared in my Facebook ad, despite the “anti-aging” marketing, I clicked on it right away.
Soon I was spellbound, watching women contort their faces as I raved about the benefits of toning. But it was the before and after pictures that grabbed me: Their faces showed an almost miraculous transformation, without any surgical (and presumably Photoshop) intervention. I smelled bullsh * t.
The rabbit hole for the face exercise turned out to be long and winding, and supposedly long enough to hold both Gwenyth Paltrow and Cleopatra. However, it appears that this 2,000-year-old story was not cataloged until 1710 when the first facial exercise was published by Jeanne Sauval, a personal tutor to Ninon de L'Enclos (the French courtesan who assisted both a young Molière and Voltaire) . Today there are hundreds of books and videos on the subject.
There is no empirical study on facial exercise. While toning the facial muscles is often part of the treatment of people who have suffered a stroke or Bell’s palsy, dermatologists disagree on whether or not it is effective. Then there is Dr. Oz, in his book "You" writes:Being beautiful (Written in 2008 together with Dr. Michael F. Roizen): "Exercising the facial muscles is a surefire way to enlarge wrinkles". However, in one episode of his show, the same Dr. Oz one person from his audience that training the facial muscles plumps up the skin. “It's a very sensible thing to do,” he says. But it's Dr. Oz, so ... I take both pieces of advice with caution.
All of this made me wonder if I could change the inheritance. My raven-haired mother, who smoked a lot throughout my childhood, had beautiful, unlined olive skin, even in her coffin. She also didn't have a single ounce of cellulite, despite not exercising a single day in her life. I teach Yoga and cannot get rid of those lumpy fat deposits. Would a facial workout be any different? There was only one way to get to the bottom of it and that was to try it out for yourself. Here is what I learned.
There is no definitive guide.
The main principle in working with the techniques I have discovered is that the exercises should be performed without wrinkling the face. If you can't do a pose without wrinkles, don't do it. As a yoga teacher, I took this advice as an opportunity to look for modifications (a search that cost me hours of my life, but which also brought out this piece of Jack LaLanne jewelery, which led to the further discovery that he was thought to be crazy, just because he suggested women could Lift weights). The routine at the end of the article covers the poses I changed to work on my face.
Obtain a diagram of the facial muscles.
Looking at the muscles of the face helped me isolate certain areas that I was trying to work on and was also useful for relaxation and massage. A face lift can also be done while doing the exercises Not simply by being aware of the sensations caused by wrinkling and cutting out your cup. It's the ultimate DIY botox. The muscles between my brows are noticeably less stiff than at the beginning.
Facial yoga is tough.
There are exercises in my routine that make me feel completely exhausted. And just like yoga-yoga, everyone has their own individual needs. What wrinkles my face is different from what wrinkles another person's face. This is where the modifications come into play.
This sh * t actually works.
At the end of the 10 days, a wrinkle in my left cheek was noticeably fuller. I think my neck looks better too, but I'm not sure. Ten days isn't a lot of time so it was one total Surprise to see results.
However, I do not see myself able to perform this facial yoga routine with any regularity. I liked the massage part best, and I would often rush through tense muscles to get there faster. But that made my face wrinkle in a different way. On the ninth day, my training stopped and I forgot to finish. In general, yoga has been the only practice that has interested me over the years ... except, apparently, when it comes to my face. As much as I wish for these results, my house has never been cleaner. Even my laundry basket was empty. On another level, I don't think concentrating on the “problem areas” of my face is healthy. But let's be realistic. If I could find a class I'd be there in no time. *
* While finding teacher training for would-be facial exercise instructors is easy, I couldn't find a regular class anywhere. Entrepreneurs, take note.
Yoga routine my face
This takes about 25 minutes. Yes, I made up the names.
Press the corners of your eyes with your index and middle fingers and squint, but do not crease or crease. You will feel the slight pull. Blink 50 times.
Eye opening binoculars
Like binoculars, place your index finger and thumb around your forehead, cheek, and face. Raise your eyebrows without wrinkling your forehead 50 times. Now you squint 50 times.
To eliminate those 11 between the eyes, press the index finger on the top of the forehead with the middle finger pressing the brow toward the eyes, down and out. The thumbs can rest on the cheeks. Lift the muscle and focus on it 50 times. Hold for 50 seconds.
Place your fingers across your forehead and apply pressure as you try to raise your forehead. Lift 50 times, then hold for 50 seconds.
Open your mouth wide, cover your teeth with your lips (hence the name), then lift your cheeks, being careful not to fold your eyes. As if you were dead inside. 50 times.
Neck and jaw line
Kiss the Sky / TMJ SPECIAL
Use your fingertips to gently press the collarbones. Tilt your face up slightly, then slide your chin forward at a 45 degree angle, lift over one shoulder, then in the middle, then over the other shoulder, 10 times in each direction, and repeat a total of 5 times. Then hold at each angle for 50 seconds. That was very difficult for me, so I changed the name about half the time.
Place one index finger on the windpipe and the other over your lips. Inflate your cheeks, then pulse from side to side, being careful not to wrinkle your face. This should make the neck muscles visible in the neck, like cords that run down to the jaw line. My sides were completely uneven and I could see that in my face. Plus, I had to really try to keep my face from wrinkling, and I could only do about three puffs on each side before I had to stop and take a breath. Pulse 10 times per side and in the middle.
Lips / nasolabial folds
Kiss me you fool
Point your lips without creating smoky streaks and tap your mouth 50 times with your middle and index fingers (25 times with your left hand, then 25 times with your right hand). I'm not convinced this has no more than a temporary effect, but I do know that jumping is good for bone density, so maybe tapping can contribute to collagen formation as well).
Press the nasolabial fold with your middle and index fingers, then smile without folding your eyes. Smile 50 times, then press and hold for 50 seconds.
This was the least smoking prone nasolabial action I could find. It differs from the lobster because the emphasis is on the muscles next to the mouth rather than the cheeks.
Keep your thumbs on the nasolabial lines while gently pressing the forehead muscles (procerus) with your index fingers. Use only the muscles on the upper lip and around the nose to lift the upper lip 100 times, then hold for 50 seconds.
I was having a hard time not including my eyebrows, but I would do it as often as possible without pressing the muscles with my index fingers, believing this would help me deactivate the muscles when I wasn't exercising.
Hot towel + oil
Scrub the face with hot tap water and massage the muscles with coconut oil on your fingertips. I've gotten pretty close to the massages I've experienced with spa facials. There are many video demos online.
Third eye massage
Finally, press your index finger between your brows, hold it down for 10 seconds. Circle in one direction for 20 seconds, then another 20 seconds in the other. Bliss.
The views expressed here are those of the author.
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