There are plenty of things we do to try and work against the signs of aging. All the products we use and protective steps we take to shield our skin aren’t meant to be for nothing. Some of us even change our entire lifestyle to help ensure that our skin ends up as healthy as possible. Peels, cosmetic procedures, massages, and diets all end up helping us in some way. That’s probably why we always keep looking for the next thing that can help us as well. Sometimes that leads to interesting results. Face yoga is one of the said results, but don’t be fooled by the name. It has nothing to do with yoga and the name is used simply to make it seem more appealing. What you’re really dealing with is a combination of facial exercises and massages. Some people claim trying this can help reverse the signs of aging, but is there any truth to it? Let’s take a closer look.

The Claim
Many people tend to claim somewhat extraordinary results for these kinds of facial exercises. People credit them with being an alternative to a face lift when done correctly. There are further claims as well, but these tend to more heavily depend on who is promoting the exercises. The theme is almost always that they can help keep the skin looking younger and firmer. Proponents tend to alternate between claiming that the exercises tone facial muscles or relax them as the way of improving them. The former is demonstrates a misunderstanding of facial muscles which don’t actually act quite like the rest of our muscles while the latter ignores the fact that our resting position for our face is more or less as relaxed as the muscles can get. All of these erroneous ideas caught up in one topic would normally disqualify it from being useful, but strangely enough there may be some evidence to support elements of these kinds of facial exercises.

The Evidence
“Face yoga” is actually somewhat useless apart from in a handful of circumstances. In fact, the majority of professionals remain unconvinced it has any use at all. The exercises that rely on massaging the face are the one real exception to this rule. Massaging the face is known to benefit the skin as well as helping keep the skin looking and feeling more youthful. It has absolutely nothing to do with the facial muscles though. What causes this benefit is the increased blood flow throughout the area. Your body tends to focus on supporting your internal organs first and then your skin gets whatever is left of the support later. Increasing blood flow counteracts this and ensures an area gets more of its fair share. Not only does this help promote the natural healing process, but it also ensures your skin gets more of the nutrients it needs to properly function.

What You Can Do
Knowing that we can isolate where the actual benefits are means we can actually take meaningful information away from all of this. Getting the primary benefits of most “face yoga” routines simply requires you to go to a spa somewhat regularly to get a facial massage. This will stimulate blood flow and help the area be overall healthier. Admittedly, you can get a lesser benefit at home by remembering to apply some products in tight, concentric circles as you go through your skincare routine. This will give your skin a light massage as you go that will further help it. All of this will have a small impact on improving your skin’s overall health and appearance, but it will be nowhere near as dramatic as some proponents of “face yoga” claim it will. Every little bit can help you to help fight back against the signs of aging and help you keep feeling confident in your appearance though.

All of the attention being given to “face yoga” isn’t really merited. People are accepting it as part of “yoga” as a trend and it is not only disrespectful to yoga but to the intelligence of everyone just looking for a way to keep looking and feeling their best. You can get some benefits through regular facial massages though. While the results may not be dramatic, they can still be a valuable part to any larger skincare routine.

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