Cleopatra and the Anti-Ageing trend


We all have that friend who went to India and came back dressed in tunics, annoying everyone with the “life-changing experience", the yoga, meditation and fasting, but don’t you worry, that’s not us, we’re here to talk to you about facial yoga; a workout for your face skin.

We’re used to taking care of our skin with lotions, creams, scrubs, serums and so on, to clean and nourish our face skin, we even massage our faces with the fun-shaped Chinese Gua Sha to improve circulation and fight the appearance of wrinkles. As you can see, there are out there many excellent ways to reduce the effects of ageing, but is there a manner to fight the cause of these unwanted effects?

Why you should start facial yoga ASAP

The same way you go - or should go - to the gym to exercise your muscles and tone your body; you should also adopt a workout to tighten and tone the skin of your face and neck; the facial yoga. The fun faces you will make while exercising increase your blood circulation, bringing more nourishment and oxygen to the skin cells and also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which make your face skin tighter and more supple.

Fumiko Takatsu created a sequence of facial exercises that are fun and easy, and you will only need a few minutes a day to improve the appearance of your skin, making it look firmer hence younger and healthier. And rest assured you can do facial yoga without having to start chanting mantras and greeting people with a “Namaste”!

Sounds too good to be true? Check here how to get a mini facelift and prevent wrinkles with facial exercises or facial toning:

There are exercises for nasolabial folds AKA the smile lines that make us look like a Bulldog, exercises to get rid of eye bags, forehead wrinkles and saggy skin, exercises for the lines around the eyes, the neck and so on. Youtube is full of short videos showing the different sequences you can do for each area you want to improve. 

There isn’t a medical professional consensus about the benefits of facial yoga. Some people, especially plastic surgeons - should we be surprised? -  even claim that the repetition of the exaggerated facial movements can cause more wrinkles. Cleopatra was already practising facial exercises to keep the beautiful looks that won the heart of the Roman general Marc Antony, thousands of years ago, and if it was good enough for Cleopatra, I guess we can say it is good for us too;)


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