Yoga to Save Face?


 

According to all sources, face yoga is definitely for the win… Yet another reason to revisit yogaland: an evidence-based, free way to naturally stave off ageing. AND you can do it at home from the comfort of your bed. Finally! All you need is a few minutes (up to half an hour if you can spare it) during which you perform up to 32(!) exercises to plump your cheeks and banish fine lines, wrinkles, sagging chins and undereye circles.

 

The exercises “work the hypodermis or the lower layer of the skin, the dermis or the middle layer and the epidermis or the upper layer,” according to yogi extraordinaire Danielle Collins, who describes the series of exercises as a “combination of massage, acupressure and relaxation which are all wonderful for improving collage, elastin and circulation which give the skin a lovely glow”. You’ll find a 20 minute video of hers on the Marie Claire youtube channel (search ‘Face Yoga – 6 Exercises To Do At Home’) if a quick, easy introduction to the world of face yoga takes your fancy this treat yourself Tuesday.

Here comes the science bit! #EvidenceBased

Sooo what really drew my attention to this topic was a paper I stumbled upon published this very month in JAMA dermatol., i.e. the journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, by Murad Alam et al, entitled ‘Association of Facial Exercise with the Appearance of Aging’. To save you the effort of copying and pasting with a view to a google- in the exceedingly likely event you were going to do so- this study concluded that the 20 week facial exercise regimen studied could give people “a low-cost, non-toxic way” to obtain the proverbial fountain of (facial) youth. To summarise, 16 females aged 40-65 partook in two training sessions with a certified instructor. They subsequently reproduced the half-hour regime at home every day for 8 weeks, followed by every alternate day for a further 12 weeks. When reassessed by blinded (i.e. the examiners were unaware of which participants had undergone the programme) physicians, their facial appearances were deemed more youthful and their estimated ages were reduced: #winning!

 

Alternatively, you could always try living a life devoid of sugar, sunshine, booze, fun and facial expression… (image via Lingvistov)

 

Have a great week!

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My name is Michelle and I’m a Dublin-based GP (family doctor). Life is short: take the minimalist approach to maximise your health!

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