Let’s start with the basics.
2. FACE YOGA: Just like it sounds – a series of exercises to tone your facial muscles to keep your face and complexion lifted! We pay so much attention to the other muscles in our body – and the muscles on your face really shouldn’t be ignored! Face yoga can be done anywhere, any time and only takes a few minutes to do each day. It’s fun to practice, and can actually relax your mind and body after a stressful day at the office by supplying fresh oxygen.Like with all things wellness and natural skincare, consistency is KEY to real results: pouty and plump lips, full cheeks, lifted eyes, and a smooth forehead. Here are a few basic moves that you can start now! (TIP: If you feel like your shoulders are coming up to your ears while you are doing the exercises, come out of the pose, roll your shoulders down and back and start over. Remember to breathe!)
Acupressure Point Push: Apply your favorite moisturizer or facial oil before starting. Press the knuckles of your fists gently against the center of your forehead and glide out toward your temples. Do 3 to 5 times.
Forehead Lift with Hands: Press your index and thumbs against your hairline. Look down toward the tip of your nose. You will feel a stretch or slight tension in your forehead and eyelids. Hold for 5 seconds. Open your eyes as wide as possible without wrinkling your forehead. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat this sequence 4 more times.
3. FACIAL GUA SHA, ROLLING, AND CUPPING: All of these methods encourage lymphatic drainage to depuff your face while sculpting its contours. Facial Gua Sha and Rollers usually come in jade or rose quartz which feel cool against the skin and assist in reducing water retention and inflammation. These techniques can also help move stagnation and toxins built up in the skin, for a more clear, radiant, and lifted complexion.
Your Gua Sha Tutorial…
A basic tutorial – First smooth a facial oil of choice to your skin and follow the natural contours of your face. To sculpt, glide your stone upwards. To depuff, glide your stone downwards. Glide your tool gently along your skin. There should be no hard tugging, no red marks, and no pain. Add more oil if you need to!
Uses glass or plastic cups which gently suction against the skin to bring more blood circulation and is a great tool for plumping up lips naturally. When it comes to facial cupping, I recommend starting your first few sessions with a professional, and then venturing-out in your own if you feel the need.
If you don’t already incorporate these techniques into your beauty regimen – you must! Your skin will absorb products better and the overall health of your skin will improve greatly.
|AT A GLANCE||Stimulate Collagen & Elastin||Reduce Puffiness||Reduce Wrinkles||Sculpt & Tone the face||Aids in Facial Symmetry|
|Gua Sha, Rolling, Cupping|