BY: Grace Gavilanes

November 12, 2018

Yes, Face Yoga Is a Thing (and You Can Try It Right Now)

Celebs go all out to look picture-perfect at high-profile Hollywood events. But unique-sounding facials and hours-long glam sessions aside, stars like Ashley Graham are also getting ready by exercising their facial muscles. Yep, you read that right. You can now put your face to work in lieu of going under the knife if a more youthful look is what you’re after.

While there are not enough studies to prove that all facial exercises may help delay signs of aging, Happy Face Yoga has come out on top due to customers’ dramatic physical results.

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Its founder, Gary Sikorski, created a collection of facial exercises to target problem areas back in 2006. Lively caught up with the facial fitness guru, who shared a fan-favorite facial exercise move, “The Cheek Lifter,” as well as a few other tips. “Each face is different. Each face has different needs or wants. But with that said, everybody loves the Cheek Lifter,” says Sikorski.

Here’s how to do it.

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The Cheek Lifter

  1. Smile! Open your mouth and form a long “O.” 
  2. Fold your upper lip over your front teeth.
  3. Smile again to lift those cheek muscles up.
  4. Place your index fingers lightly on the top part of your cheek, right on top of the cheek muscles, directly under your eyes. 
  5. Relax the cheek muscles, allowing them to return to their original, relaxed position. 
  6. Smile again with the corners of your mouth to lift those cheek muscles back up. 
  7. Visualize pushing the muscles up toward your eyes as you smile. You have just completed one “push-up.”
  8. On the tenth “push-up,” hold your cheek muscles up as high as you can. Imagine that your cheeks are moving up from your face towards the ceiling.
  9. Take your index fingers and move them an inch away from you face and then move the fingers up over the scalp area. This will help you visualize your cheek muscles moving up.
  10. Hold this position for 20 seconds while looking up towards your fingers.
  11. Repeat this exercise three times.   

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How Often Should I Do Facial Exercises?

Just like any other workout activity, Sikorski says daily facial exercises is key. “Each face is different, but I generally recommend 15 to 20 minutes a day for anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks,” he tells us. Because extra-attention is being paid to the face, you can expect increased blood circulation to the area, which may lead to a glowing complexion.

What About Nutrition?

As is the case with any feel-good, look-good program, proper nutrition is key. Sikorski recommends avoiding caffeine and added sugars and upping your water intake for optimal results.

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