10 Effective Face Yoga Exercises to Make Your Skin Glow

Dr. Vibha Choudhary

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vibha Choudhary


9 min read

Key Takeaways

  • The forehead face yoga exercise reduces your horizontal wrinkles
  • A cheek sculptor exercise is part of the yoga for skin glow exercises
  • Prevent sagging jawline and double chin by doing face yoga

Most people love to have a toned face. Face yoga helps get this result, whether you want to reduce a double chin or define the jawline. Facial exercises can help, but you may be wondering what is face yoga. The answer is simple. It is a combination of different facial exercises and massages that work on your facial muscles and skin.

Following this face yoga method engages your facial muscles. It decreases puffiness and improves the elasticity of your skin. While there are many benefits of yoga, the best one is that it improves blood flow in your skin. Better blood circulation boosts collagen production, leading to healthier, more radiant skin!. To see these benefits for yourself, try out these simple and effective face yoga exercises.

What are Face Yoga Exercises?

Face yoga refers to facial exercises that are done to stretch and tone the muscles of the face, typically in an effort to ward off aging symptoms. You can also consider face yoga for a slim face.

In fact, there is a lengthy history of using facial exercises to treat a variety of medical diseases that impair muscular control, such as Bell's palsy and strokes. In light of the fact that studies have shown that muscle loss contributes to age-related problems like sagginess [1] (the degeneration of facial tissue), it stands to reason that the same workouts would aid in slowing down the appearance of aging skin. Face yoga for glowing skin has many advantages as well.

Although there isn't much proof that the face yoga technique consistently works, as well as other procedures like moisturizers and Botox, supporters of the practice assert that its advantages can include:

  • Helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Toning and boosting cheek volume
  • Lifting the skin surrounding the eyes and avoiding under-eye bags and sagging
  • It aids in tightening the skin around the neck and jawline.
  • Reducing muscular tension, discomfort, and strained posture

Best Face Yoga Exercises

Eye Circles:

By increasing oxygen circulation, this activity reduces puffiness. Use delicate, gentle touches for these face yoga exercises.
  • Step 1: Your ring fingers should touch the inner side of your brows
  • Step 2: Tap your fingertips gently in the direction of your brows' outer edges
  • Step 3: Spend a few seconds pressing into your temples
  • Step 4: Tap the area between your eyes' inner corners and your cheekbones once more
  • Step 5: Continue for 30 more seconds

Brow Smoother:

The frontalis muscle, a sizable muscle in the front of your forehead, is relaxed by this exercise. This muscle is frequently overworked, which can result in stiffness, rigidity, and stress-related expressions.

  • Step 1: Faced inward, place your fingertips in the middle of your forehead
  • Step 2: Move your fingers towards your temples and gently push your fingertips into your forehead
  • Step 3: Set your fingers free
  • Step 4: Continue for 30 more seconds

Acupressure for the third eye:

The Acupressure for the third eye can be released by following these steps. It is considered one of the facial exercises for wrinkles.
  • Step 1: Slide your index finger in between your brows
  • Step 2: Gently press and hold for 10 seconds while inhaling deeply
  • Step 3: With your index finger, do short circles in one direction for 20 seconds
  • Step 4: Then repeat going the other way

Lion’s breath/Lion’s pose:

This yoga breathing technique, sometimes referred to as the "Lion's Pose," lowers tension and relaxes your facial muscles. 

  • Step 1: Lean forward while sitting and brace your hands on the floor or your knees
  • Step 2: Deeply inhale using your nose
  • Step 3: Widen your mouth, extend your tongue, and direct it towards your chin
  • Step 4: Make a "ha" sound while forcing air out over your tongue's base
  • Step 5: Take a deep breath and unwind
  • Step 6: Replicate up to seven times
  • Step 7: Take a minute or three to breathe deeply

Face tapping:

The calming and circulation benefits of tapping are as follows:

  • Step 1: Tap your skin in a steady beat with your fingertips, starting at your forehead
  • Step 2: As you go closer to your jaw, keep going along your face
  • Step 3: Tap your shoulders and the front of your neck after that
  • Step 4: Continue up the back of your neck until you reach your head
  • Step 5: To create heat, finish by rubbing your palms together
  • Step 6: Take several long, deep breaths while placing your hands over your face in a cup

Minimize frown lines on your face with a forehead exercise

This is a face yoga exercise that can help you reduce horizontal wrinkles seen on the forehead. It is a simple exercise that you can practice at any time. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Place your fingertips on top of the eyebrows.
  • Step 2: Keep your fingertips in the same position and try to raise your eyebrows.
  • Step 3: Raise it as high as possible.
  • Step 4: Press your eyebrows gently in the downward direction to oppose the movement.
  • Step 5: Stay in this position for about 6 seconds.
  • Step 6: Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times.

Lift your cheek area with a cheek sculptor exercise

To get a more defined face, yoga for skin glow recommends cheek exercises. As the name suggests, this yoga method helps lift your cheeks and increases the glow on your face. It is a simple exercise that can be done twice a day, in these steps:

  • Place your middle and index fingers on the bottom of your face.
  • Move your fingers slowly with your index fingers touching the smile lines.
  • Stop this movement when you reach your nostrils.
  • Slide your middle fingers on the cheeks.
  • Keep moving them in V position as you slide them across your face.
  • Continue the whole process for about a minute.
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Reduce your sagging jawline with facial yoga

This is an easy exercise and you can do it the following way:

  • Keep your elbow on a table
  • Place your fist under the chin
  • Press slowly in the upward direction using your fist
  • Try opening your jaw while doing this
  • Maintain this position for around 6 seconds
  • Repeat the whole process 5-10 times

Doing this exercise helps you get rid of a sagging jawline and your double chin. This face yoga exercise tones the face effectively.

Do a mouth exercise to get plump lips

As you age, there is a loss of collagen protein from your skin. Consequently, your lips also tend to get thin due to collagen loss. Doing this exercise helps in the stimulation of your lip barrier that makes your lips look plump and full.

Follow these simple steps and improve the look of your lips.

  • Step 1: Start by placing your index fingers on the two corners of your mouth.
  • Step 2: Give a broad smile showing the entire row of front teeth.
  • Step 3: Begin curling your tongue slowly
  • Step 4: Move it from one side to the other in 5 seconds
  • Step 5: Repeat the whole process again for about 30 seconds.
  • Step 6: Remember to breathe throughout while doing this exercise.
mouth exercise to get plump lips

Ease tension at the back of your neck with this face yoga method

This exercise helps in toning your neck area. The muscles connecting the neck and jaw are involved in this movement. You can do the exercise in the following way:

  • Relax your shoulders and move your chin towards one side
  • See that your chin is placed slightly up at a 45-degree angle
  • Pout your lips into a kiss and stay in this position for 10 seconds
  • Remember to breathe throughout as you do this exercise
  • Change the sides and repeat the whole procedure
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How Does Face Yoga Exercises Work?

Face yoga may be thought of as a light type of "strength training" for your face and neck muscles. The more you practice specific face yoga movements that target different sections of your face, the more you may notice that your muscles and skin begin to improve.

Some specialists contend that face workouts can delay the onset of noticeable aging. They may function by strengthening your face's weak facial muscles and enhancing blood flow, making your skin look smoother and more radiant. According to some experts, there isn't enough data to indicate if face workouts are useful [2].

Based on what we know about general facial workouts, the face yoga approach appears to operate in the following ways:

  • Stimulates the facial muscles, which helps to make them more toned and "tight." This explains why some people may benefit from a decrease in ageing symptoms like sagging
  • It improves circulation and blood flow to the skin, which may be beneficial for clean skin
  • It reduces the stress and strain that constant facial expressions like squinting throughout the day generate on the facial muscles. The face yoga approach also incorporates massage and acupressure treatments to assist in relaxing certain facial regions that are prone to tension

Benefits of Face Yoga Exercises

Face yoga could have advantages that go beyond the surface. Practitioners claim it has enormous advantages and is hailed as a natural facelift that also improves general well-being. There is growing evidence for these advantages.

A 2018 research examined the impact of 32 face workouts on middle-aged women[3]. According to some anecdotal reports, face yoga and massage may be useful for enhancing the facial look as well as increasing mindfulness and awareness [4].

Practitioners may notice better posture, fewer headaches, and fewer teeth grinding as they learn to strengthen or relax certain muscles. Others claim that they can unwind and sleep better at night.

The participants engaged in daily, 30-minute sessions of face exercises for the first eight weeks. They completed the sessions every other day for the following 12 weeks.

The majority of the ladies experienced changes in the fullness of their features and expressed great satisfaction with the apparent outcomes. 18 out of 20 face traits showed a considerable improvement, they revealed. To further develop these findings, a more in-depth study is needed.

Face yoga incorporates stretches, exercises, and massage methods such as acupressure for your face and neck. It is intended to counteract stress and aging symptoms, including drooping skin and frown lines. Face yoga's health advantages are ill-supported. But advocates for the style assert that it can:

  • Increase movement
  • Glow up your skin
  • Develop and maintain facial muscles
  • Reduce lines and wrinkles
  • Improve under-eye circles and reduce puffiness
  • Tighten and lift sagging skin
  • Promotes overall better mental health
  • Reduce musculoskeletal discomfort
benefits of face yoga infographics 

Now that you are aware of the benefits of yoga for the face, include it as a part of your daily regime. Just like regular yoga postures, you have to be consistent to see effective results. Start doing these exercises twice a day after which you may increase the count. For advice regarding exercises and other cosmetic procedures for the face, connect with specialists on Bajaj Finserv Health. Address your concerns with an online consultation and get proper guidance!

Published on 17 Nov 2021Last updated on 13 Apr 2023
  1. https://www.artofliving.org/in-en/yoga/yoga-benefits/facial-yoga
  2. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/can-doing-facial-exercises-help-you-look-younger-face-yoga/

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Dr. Vibha Choudhary

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vibha Choudhary

, Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT)


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