Fit for a princess? Well, that’ll do for us too then! Meghan Markle swears by it so what exactly is face yoga and how do we do it!
Since the announcement of the royal wedding, Meghan Markle fever has well and truly arrived. Everyone wants to know everything there is to know about the actress — especially when it comes to her flawless beauty routine. Luckily for us, the-soon-to-be-princess has let out a few secrets about her skincare habits – and we’re hooked!
Taking a cue from the wellness sphere, Ms Markle has been quoted as saying that she highly recommends Face Yoga. “I regularly do facial exercises, I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are way more sculpted” says Meghan.
Danielle, the World leading Face Yoga Expert, has created ‘The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method‘ which features key facial exercises and skin massage to work the hypodermis (lower layer of the skin), the dermis (middle layer) and the epidermis (upper layer).
Danielle says “By working all these layers correctly, it will increase the blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and more nourishment to reach the cells of the skin. The result is a clear, healthy complexion with a beautiful glow which has less toxins and has a better ability to absorb moisture.”
Take a cue from Meghan and do these facial exercises to strengthen muscles attached to the skin, improve lymph flow and relax lines caused by holding tension in the face for long periods of time. This will reduce wrinkles, sagging skin and puffiness and allow the skin to look healthier and more youthful.
Danielle also recommends her massage techniques and says “face massage combined with the face exercises will increase collagen and elastin, the natural plumping agents, which will mean a firmer and healthier complexion. Boosting the collagen and elastin is a key way for the skin to look younger and healthier.”
Is it possible to do Face Yoga yourself at home? “Absolutely,” says Danielle. “Face Yoga is simple, fun and fits in to a busy lifestyle and, most importantly, gets results. You can do anything from 2 minutes to 20 minutes a day, depending on your schedule but the key is to keep it up regularly. Doing Face Yoga daily means you will strengthen and lift your face muscles, boost collagen and elastin and relax tension from stress age expressions.”
Danielle recommends you find ways to integrate it in to your daily life, like when you are in the bath, at the gym or on the sofa. By doing this you won’t feel you have to find extra time to do your Face Yoga. Everyone’s results vary according but with a little practice every day you will see and feel your skin looking smoother, firmer and lifted as well as your mind feeling calmer in anything from 1 week to 3 months.
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With that in mind, we asked Danielle to share some of her best facial yoga moves to keep those pesky wrinkles away. Try these exercises at home for a crease-free complexion in no time:
1. The Owl
Make a big C shape with your thumb and index fingers. Place your index finger just above and parallel to your eyebrows and your thumbs on your cheeks. Start to pull down with the index fingers while trying to raise your eyebrows and making the eyes wide. Hold for two seconds, relax and repeat again. Now do three more times. Then hold this position for ten seconds. This will firm up the forehead, reducing lines and wrinkles.
2. Circle the Eyes
Gently tap around your eyes following the top of your eyebrow and then continue under your eye just at the top of your cheekbones. Then continue to the inside corners of your eye. Then repeat, going in the opposite direction, making little tapping motions. This is great for reducing eye wrinkles, boosting circulation and relaxing the muscles. Then with your index fingers very gently stroke just under your eyes from the nose outwards four times to warm up and relax the eye area. This helps to reduce bags and puffiness under the eyes by removing toxins and increasing blood flow and oxygen to the area.
3. Swan Neck
Begin looking straight ahead with your chin level. Turn your head to the right so that it is even with your right shoulder and then tilt your head backwards. Hold for six to eight seconds. Return your head to the forward position with your chin level. Turn your head to the left, even with your left shoulder. Tilt your head back and hold for six to eight seconds – repeat up to three times. This lifts and tones the neck muscles therefore firming lines and wrinkles on the side of the neck and face.
Looking straight ahead place your finger tips on the top of your neck and lightly stroke the skin down as you tilt your head back. Bring your head back down and repeat twice more. Then jut your lower lip out as far as possible, place your fingers on your collarbone and point your chin upwards, pulling the corners of your mouth down. Hold for 4 deep breaths. This releases neck tension, tones and lift the neck area.
There you have it, you can now have flawless skin a la Meghan courtesy of her skincare secret, Face Yoga – and all without the hefty price tag!