Face yoga is a series of exercises that promise to do for your face what yoga does for your body: relax and tone muscles. Is one of your eyebrows raised as you read this? That’s face yoga. (Kind of.) totalbeauty.com
I’m researching this subject for a client. In fact, I’m writing a short book about it. While most of what I’m finding is common sense–to remain firm, your face muscles need a workout too–I’m conflicted about some of the fantastic beauty claims some writers or practitioners make about face Yoga.
First off, what does that really mean? Doesn’t Yoga involve all of your body, including your face? You breathe. You bend. You lower your head down into gravity. It all touches your face somehow with blood and air flow. Ujaii breath is throaty breath. Does that count as your face?
Proponents of face Yoga as an anti-wrinkle solution, like Yoga instructor, Annelise Hagen, claim that face yoga exercises and relaxes your face muscles to counteract the wrinkle-causing grimacing we do all day.
But Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D., cosmetic surgeon, counters that all that moving of your face causes more wrinkles in the skin, which is where wrinkles develop, not in the face muscles.
I’m still researching in order to reach my conclusions. However, I do know health is beauty. Exercising, relaxing, strengthening, and nourishing well (depending on each person’s condition) affect attitude, cells, muscle, bones, and skin.
There’s no magic potion. You are a network of touch points for beauty. The journey from youth to maturity requires adjustments to create balance. As a teenager, I could skip lunch to burn the calories from the french fries of the night before. At 25, that method didn’t work. I needed to add regular exercise to maintain my weight.
The same with cosmetics and skincare products. Soap and water worked until it didn’t. My skin was clear and wrinkle-free until it wasn’t. We’re fluid beings. Maintaining equilibrium takes constant recalibrations of the formula: diet, exercise, stress-reduction, hair products, clothing, and skin care. Even your car model changes to suit your phase.