Do you need to exercise your face?
There are endless tactics to defy aging on the market, and for all you holistic gals, you may have seen inference to face exercises or ‘face yoga’ as the trendy new way to strengthen the muscles of your face to help fight the signs of aging (like sagging jowls and wrinkles).
Does it work? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I research and deliver evidence-based beauty and so the first thing to say is that there are no scientific studies to verify the claims that these sorts of face workouts are effective. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Therefore, my professional opinion on this is going to be based on the first principles combined with logic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Can doing facial exercises actually ‘build’ the muscles of the face?
We know that muscle growth comes about from damage of the muscle via active use – like weight-lifting in the gym.
The damage induced stimulates a whole host of responses which culminate in the muscle becoming bigger and stronger.
If you have ever tried to put on noticeable muscle mass in the gym, you will know that this is actually a lot more difficult to achieve then it sounds and even with meticulous attention to lifestyle, diet and workout planning, one can and should only expect small gains to be made over time.
Facial yoga does not involve any weight-bearing and, even though these are small muscles, they would still require a decent enough stimulus to initiate the muscle growing process.
So based on this I would suggest that no, facial exercises cannot build muscles in the face. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I think we need to ask...why would we want to enlarge the muscles of your face?
I think a more realistic question is: Is muscle atrophy what causes the signs of aging?
Loss of muscle as we age is a natural part of aging and certainly, some of that occurs in the face but the aging face is due to an interplay of many factors like fat loss, loss of collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin and changes to the epidermis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Though facial exercises are certainly not harmful and may create blood flow - it is very unlikely to bring about significant, noticeable changes to your skin or facial structure.
What IS a great alternative that is none invasive and studied?
Microcurrent devices tone and tighten skin using bioenergetic technology, which is non-surgical.
It increases levels of ATP to speed cellular metabolism, stimulates protein synthesis, promote detoxification and reconstitute collagen and elastin.
The ultimate visible benefits for your skin will be present in decreased fine lines and wrinkles and plumped up facial muscles with increased blood circulation, and reduced jowls and double chin.
If you are interested in learning more about none invasive skin health tools, please reach out - as it's all too confusing to do on your own.
I will say this. Good manipulation of facial muscles, blood flow and self care is a PLUS PLUS PLUS! I say go for it! Yoga your face away!