If you’ve been paying attention to pop culture at all in the past year, you’ve probably seen the Megan Markle craze that’s swept the nation since the royal wedding. Lately, Markle has been making headlines in the wellness community, along with other celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Madonna, for her unique face yoga routine.
Face yoga or facial exercises are a series of strengthening tasks that work to target specific muscle groups on the face. By toning the underlying muscles, the skin on top stays plump, firm, and youthful.
Face yoga exercises are becoming increasingly popular because they are much less expensive (ie free!) than traditional anti-aging procedures like Botox or facelifts. Face yoga exercises are also healthier than dermal fillers which are full of harmful chemicals.
In addition to the anti-aging benefits, practicing face yoga can actually help with a number of health issues. orofacial myofunctional therapy, as it is more formally known, is a treatment often recommended to those with facial paralysis, and is a system for repatterning movement in the facial neuromuscular system.
Learning to properly coordinate your tongue, face, mouth, and neck muscles, you can improve health concerns such as:
- Speech issues
- Neck pain
Scientists have also begun studying the effects of face yoga exercises, so you don’t have to take our word for it! In one recent study, a group of 40-65-year-olds was trained on facial exercises and instructed to do them every day for 30 minutes.
After the course of eight weeks, the scientists measured their before and after photos to see if there was any difference. They found that participants showed significant improvements to upper cheek fullness, and the average estimated age of participants decreased as well!
If you’re ready to get started on your own face yoga journey, take a look at the beginner’s guide from Rory below! You can also download their printable tracker to make sure you are keeping up with your daily face yoga exercises.