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We are aware of the health benefits of regular exercise in getting the blood flowing. Yet, have you ever heard of a face workout? It’s a concept that’s gaining popularity with folks trying to prevent (or reverse)

Some refer to it as “facial exercise.” Some refer to it as face yoga. And some people are questioning it.

To understand the benefits of moving your face, we spoke with dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal, MD, and massage therapist Vickie Bodner, LMT.

Are facial exercises effective?

Recent studies examined whether people might tone their facial muscles and look younger by performing specific activities. The outcomes are in, but they’re not quite conclusive.

A small sample of women in the study who were 40 years of age or older were asked to commit some time each day to a series of facial exercises. The goal of the workouts was to lessen wrinkles, fill in hollow cheeks, and other ageing symptoms. Using these workouts, the underlying muscles in the cheeks, jawline, neck, eyelids, and eyebrows were strengthened and developed.

The study found that after the treatment, participants looked around three years younger.

Awesome! Please register me for some face yoga.

30 minutes of your time are spent moving your face? each day? That’s a big ask.

It’s challenging to do these facial exercises for a long time and get these benefits unless one is extremely motivated, says Dr. Khetarpal.

She continues by saying that more extensive research is required before dermatologists can endorse face exercises as an effective anti-aging treatment. Future research must include a control group, a much bigger participant pool, and longer-term investigations to see whether the advantages persisted after people stopped the programme.

Advantages of face massaging

Even a brief face massage can have some significant advantages for individuals who don’t have the time to commit to a daily face exercise routine (especially if it isn’t a proven winner). While occasionally giving your face a mild massage may not instantly make your laugh lines disappear, Bodner claims it can offer your skin a healthy boost.

She says that when you increase blood flow, your capillaries (blood vessels) start to move, which can help the muscles relax and cause fluids to move. “People occasionally get sinus or under-eye puffiness. It could be beneficial to self-massage your face to get rid of extra fluids.

Your face can be massaged to:

Relax the muscles in your face.

Relax and unwind.

To make your face “glow,” stimulate the blood flow.

Also, releasing stress looks amazing on just about everyone, and let’s face it, sometimes a massage just feels sooo nice.

How to give a facial massage

Wash your hands and face before massaging your own face. If you don’t have any lotion or oil on hand, it is not required to apply them.

First, activate your lymphatic system.

  • To relax your face and body, close your eyes and take a few long, deep breaths (in through your nose, out through your mouth).
  • At the base of your neck, position your hands.
  • Sweep your hands between your neck and collarbone, applying mild pressure as you progressively lower them towards your midline.
  • Three times, please.
  • According to Bodner, this will aid in stimulating your lymphatic system and perhaps enable toxin discharge. In close proximity to the skin, the lymphatic system. It’s not necessary to press firmly. It won’t take much pressure to get things started.

One word of caution: Don’t massage your face if it’s red, has open sores, or is bruised. If you’re unclear whether receiving a face massage is right for you, see a healthcare professional.

Use this face massage technique in detail.

Facial massages can be performed whenever, whenever. Spend as much time as you like, carrying out the subsequent tasks sequentially if you have time, or individually if you don’t. Before going on to the next exercise, finish each one up to three times for maximum relaxation and rejuvenation.

Gently sweep your hands up from just above your jawline towards your earlobes while keeping your fingertips close to your chin.

From your chin to the base of your earlobes, lightly pinch with your thumb and index finger down your jawline.

Massage your TMJ (the joint where your jaw meets your cheekbones) in a circular motion with your mouth closed and your jaw relaxed. Do it a couple times clockwise, then anticlockwise.

At the base of your nostrils, place your fingers on either side of your nose. Then, draw a circle across or just above your brows, under your cheekbones, up to your temples, and down either side of your nose. Your eyes will be completely encircled by this. Do it the other way as well by working your way up the sides of your nose from the bottom of your nostrils.

Gently and carefully rub your temples in little circles. Do it a couple times clockwise, then anticlockwise.

Pinch your thumb and fingers together gently beginning at your nose and moving outward to your temples.

From your nose to your temples, spread your fingertips across your forehead. To reach your hairline, start from your eyebrows and work your way up approximately a half inch at a time.

Pull your ears away from your head slowly and delicately using your thumb and index finger. Massage your earlobes from bottom to top, beginning at the lobes. If it seems comfortable, turn around.

Additional age-defying advice

Although face massage can offer you a short boost, Dr. Khetarpal believes there are other evidence-based choices if you’re searching for long-term wrinkle prevention. Consult your healthcare professional about

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