Simple ‘botox’ exercises for the face that show benefits in 10 days are facial yoga.
They are like Botox but without needles, and you have to do them every morning before applying the creams. In this way the muscles wake up, the microcirculation is activated and the active ingredients of the beauty products will then find the optimal conditions to act.
It takes little time and little effort to see results in about 10 days. Word of Linda Rosaschino, beauty expert and yoga teacher. “There are 70 muscles in the face, which allow all facial expressions: like those of any other part of the body, a good workout is a valuable aid to toned, vital, defying time and gravity,” she explains.
It is no coincidence that on social networks the facial yoga that Meghan Markle, Miranda Kerr, or Jennifer Aniston loves so much is called ‘botox’: it is a natural (and free) alternative to aesthetic medicine. Of course, it takes a lot of perseverance to incorporate them into our daily beauty routine.
10 BASIC EXERCISES
- Heating: make small concentric circles with your fingers on the scalp, as if you were washing your hair. They activate circulation and release tension.
- Take hold of the earlobes between your thumb and forefinger, and lift them with small pressures towards the tips of the ears: it seems incredible but this instantly wakes up the face.
- Fight against flaccidity. A move for the platysma, the largest muscle in the neck: putting her clenched fists under her chin, she tries to open her mouth by forcing her knuckles. Repeat 30 times.
- Another one for the neck: with your chin up, try to smile down 10 times.
- With chin up, send kisses or blow up 30 times. This exercise and the previous one help to stretch the neck and define the facial oval.
- Against vertical wrinkles around the mouth: puffs out the cheeks with a puffer fish effect. Helps relax them from inside the mouth.
- Raise the cheekbones – make a crooked smile, first on one side, then on the other, 15 on each.
- Relaxed eye contour: try the telescope exercise. Try opening your eyelids with your fingers placed like imaginary glasses around your eyes. Repeat 30 times.
- Smoothing Horizontal Wrinkles on the Forehead: Placing your fingertips in the center of your forehead, horizontally, gently push your fingers up while looking down.
- And for the verticals: try to frown, making resistance with the tips of your fingers, this time vertically. 30 repetitions.
What is facial yoga, the beauty technique that rejuvenates the face
This practice as old as yoga that we all know has begun to make a name for itself in recent months. We find out what your practice consists of and what its benefits are.
Yoga is an ancient practice that has been installed in Western culture for decades as a discipline from which the body and mind benefit in multiple ways. However, it has been in recent months that one of its more specialized variants has begun to make a name for itself: facial yoga. Diana Bordón, the creator of the Facial Yoga Plan, and author of the book ” Facial Yoga: another beauty is possible “, explains that there is no clear reference to when this specialty arose, but that already in the first edition of 1983 of ” The book Complete Yoga ” by James Hewittthere is talk of facial yoga and there are exercises to relax the muscles of the face. However, it has not been until now, a time when there is a special dedication to taking care of yourself inside and out that this practice has taken off.
Facial yoga is based on the fact that our face is made up of dozens of muscles that, just like we do with the rest of the body, we should exercise to keep them strong and toned. If we have a “trained” face, it will be firmer, and toned and the signs of aging will be significantly reduced. “The muscles of the face are not different from those of the rest of the body, they are simply smaller. If you don’t exercise your body, it becomes flaccid and weak. The same happens with the muscles of the face”, explains Diana Bordón, who trained in New York with Annelise Hagen, a pioneer of this discipline in the United States, later going through the places of reference for this practice, from China to Japan passing through Dubai or Thailand.
Daniela Toro, the author of another of the reference books on this practice, “The Face Fit Method “, approaches facial training from the point of view of her field, physiotherapy, and her method is based on a series of exercises and stretches. to strengthen muscles, but also to be aware of them and learn to relax them, thus avoiding expression wrinkles. “For example,” he explains, “tension in the area of the forehead and eyebrows can cause us to have very marked gestures, such as the frown, which is why it is important to give the muscles relaxation stimuli in addition to being aware of the facial musculature.
With them, we know the keys to getting the most out of this technique that is here to stay.
Facial yoga: a discipline designed to work the face as a whole
Diana Bordón distinguishes between three levels, on the one hand, we have the muscular, then the cutaneous, and, finally, the respiratory. In the first one, the creator of the Facial Yoga Plan, who has her application where you can find a lot of free content, emphasizes the importance of working the entire face together, “The face is a set of muscles that are intertwined and For this reason, they should never be worked in parts. It is not about taking loose exercises (look, lip, cheekbones) how it looks lately, because with this there is a risk of falling into an imbalance and creating wrinkles in the least worked and most weakened areas ”, warns Diana.
Self-massage, with hydrated skin to improve circulation and oxygenation, is the key to the skin level and with it, we help to reinforce facial toning. Finally, breathing is essential, helping each exercise of conscious inhalations and exhalations to oxygenate the body.
How much time do I need to dedicate to see results?
Daniela Toro, the author of the book Face Fit, explains that the ideal would be to dedicate between ten and fifteen minutes a day, “it is important to dedicate time to it, but not the same time that we dedicate to the body since we have less musculature and the muscle fibers are different and they would get very tired.” For this reason, as Diana Bordón tells us, rest is also essential, “The facial muscle must rest like the rest of the body when exercising”, for this reason, she recommends doing these exercises four days a week.
Is it recommended for everyone and at any age?
“Except for cases in which the abuse of botox and other invasive elements have paralyzed the facial muscles, anyone can perform this practice,” Diana Bordón clarifies. Age will be decisive when it comes to starting to see results, and the younger you start, the better, “if we start at 30, as I started, what you will do is keep your muscle tone toned, (frozen in time), if you start at 45 and you already notice the effects of flaccidity, with practice and being constant you will begin to recover muscle tone and that will help you smooth expression lines and recover skin firmness”.
Jade roller and gua sha for self-massage
These two tools are useful to enhance the results of facial yoga. “ Gua sha is a 5,000-year-old aesthetic tool that originates from traditional Chinese medicine as a predecessor of acupuncture and whose name translates as ‘scratch.’ An ancient tool that not only relaxes tense muscles but also relieves tension throughout the body by stimulating lymphatic flow”, explains Valeria Navarro, technical director of Boutijour. For your use, Raquel González, director of education for the firm Perricone MD, advises doing it after applying the last step of the facial routine, “by avoiding bare skin, we will make the Gua Sha glide easily and the tightening and firming movements will be much more effective.”
As for the jade roller, we can include it in the night routine although, as Diana Bordón clarifies, “the use of the jade roller and Gua sha by themselves do not tone the muscle, as is being heard and it will not achieve reduce wrinkles if the muscles continue to be weakened. Roller and gua sha tools are a complement to facial training.”