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Why Face Yoga Can Make You Look Years Younger According to New Research

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Our face often betrays our age in spite of attempts to keep our bodies toned and youthful in appearance. However, new research sheds light on the phenomenon of yoga for your face. Participants were found to look years younger by the end of this clinical trial.


The study published by JAMA Dermatology this month revealed promising results from Northwestern University. The study’s findings showed that 20 weeks of facial exercises resulted in firmer skin and fuller cheeks for middle-aged women. Their diligence was rewarded with an average of three years being shaved from their appearance.

Successful Results

Face yoga is like a hitting a rewind button for your skin. All of the middle-aged women involved experienced high satisfaction with the end result, noticing significant improvement in 18 out of 20 facial features. To get their results, the participants in the study committed 30 minutes a day to the face yoga regimen which consisted of 32 different exercises. Gradually the women were able to do their exercises every other day.

Our culture is highly obsessed with the face to the point of photo shopping professional models. Women across America are spending millions of dollars combined on Botox injections, cosmetic surgery, and makeup to make their faces fit society’s ideal of chiseled and flawless features.

However, some of these drastic measures pose long term consequences to a woman’s health. The price cannot be evaluated in mere dollars and cents when considering the value of a woman’s self-esteem, health, and the impact of upon future generations. Some women may be subjecting themselves and their bodies to a price higher than they are willing to pay.

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Why It Works

“The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so that the face becomes firmer, more toned, and shaped like a younger face,” said Murad Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern University. He went on to say that he hopes face yoga will serve as a low-cost, non-invasive, and non-toxic alternative or additional treatment for women to try.

The muscles of our face aren’t any different from the rest of our body when it comes to exercise. When fat melts in our face, the padding literally shifts like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. However, without strengthening the muscles this loss of fat results in hollowed places. Emily Poon, the study’s senior author, explains why facial exercises help to avoid this: “If muscle underneath becomes bigger, the skin has more stuffing underneath it and the firmer muscle appears to make the shape of the face more full.”

The researchers want to engage in further study on the subject, but experts certainly think it is worth a try from the comfort of your own home. Professor Sinclair, a featured dermatologist in the study, recommended that people should approach face yoga with “a healthy degree of skepticism” because there are no guarantees. Further research is necessary to make the results and patterns of face yoga more predictable.

The exercises of face yoga may prove to be a healthier, less risky alternative to other invasive procedures. It certainly doesn’t hurt to try, especially if there is a possibility of saving yourself time and money in the long run. The middle-aged women who participated in the study certainly reported successful results, but face yoga requires commitment like any lifestyle change.

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