Stretch those face muscles for glowing skin
This March, Thriive Art & Soul uses its global platform, that is born of the awareness of all that women do, to put out a series of posts that guide women to reach their higher self. And we start with a topic that isn’t just relevant but important in the scheme of all things self-care: skincare.
The one good thing, in my opinion, to come out of the whole influencer culture is the awareness about skin that glows because it is naturally healthy.
The stress of an unhealthy lifestyle shows on the skin. But before it shows up on the outside, it has done considerable damage on the inside. Therefore, whatever we need to make our skin naturally healthy has to be very holistic in order to make that inner beauty shine through.
The obvious solutions are: eating healthy, sleeping better, and improving one’s lifestyle. A key component that we largely don’t emphasize—not enough, at least—is exercising.
While every form of exercise will make your skin healthy and give it a natural glow, there are exercises that specifically target the facial muscles, improving skin health from the inside and therefore from the outside.
According to a study published in JAMA Dermatology, a monthly medical journal published by the American Medical Association, “a regimen of at-home facial exercises maintained for 20 weeks seemed to improve mid-face and lower-face fullness.”
Here’s a quick guide to some simple and effective exercises:
Keen to reap the benefits of yoga for skincare? Look no further as facial provides some real good answers. This is because facial yoga exercises give the facial muscles a good stretch, thereby improving the elasticity of the skin.
Here are a few facial yoga exercises that will relax and tone your skin, improve blood circulation in the face area and give you naturally-glowing skin:
Kiss and smile
- Position your lips out like you are about to kiss and then push them out as much as you can.
- Now, pull them back in and smile.
Moving your face muscles like this improves the jawline and brings a healthy glow to the cheeks.
Lift your eyebrows
- Look upwards.
- Raise your eyebrows.
- Now, gently close your eyes.
This will make and keep your eyelids firm.
Make a fish face
- Join your lips tightly together.
- Pull your cheeks in to look like a fish.
This makes your cheeks look plumper and your chin sleeker.
Yogic breathing exercises
Deep breathing exercises are equally beneficial for the face. For example, the Sheetali and Sheetkari types of pranayama cool the skin and brighten it. Similarly, the AnulomVilom pranayama purifies blood and improves oxygenation to give the skin a natural glow.
Yoga asanas like Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Bhujangasana, Pavanamuktasana, Halasana also contribute to making the skin healthy. Their combined benefits include improved blood circulation to the head and face areas, increased supply of oxygen, and normalization of hormonal imbalance. Halasana also improve digestion, which is also important to getting a healthy and glowing skin.
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