If you’re starting to obsess about little lines on your face and fantasize about what Botox could be doing for you, there might be a more natural (and even fun) way to combat those wrinkles-in-the-making. It’s called facial yoga. Yes, it’s different from the yoga you do in the hopes of achieving Jennifer Aniston levels of tone, but similar enough that you get the point. It’s all about exercising and strengthening the muscles in your face and neck to help promote a more toned overall appearance.
Celebrity facialist Georgia Louise touts the moves as her youth-enhancing beauty secret (celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry can credit her for their radiant complexions). And what’s our proof for Louise being onto something with these gravity-defying exercises? Her skin positively glows in an I-have-literally-no-idea-how-old-you-are sort of way. She touts facial yoga as a “safe, natural way to help prevent skin from sagging.”
We’re totally on board because it can be easily done in your bathroom while you’re winding down at night or during a good Netflix session (no full-body yoga movements here). Oh, and it might be obvious, but did we mention it’s completely free to do? Here’s how to master two of Louise’s best techniques (the Horn Blower and the Angry Smile) in three minutes flat. Warning: You’ll look a little ridiculous, but your face will thank you later.
The Horn Blower
What it does: Tightens cheek muscles and softens smile lines.
How to do it: Take a deep breath in and exhale the breath out while puffing the air from right cheek to left cheek, keeping lips sealed firmly until you have no breath left. It should feel like you’re swilling mouth wash. Repeat this 5 to 10 times.
The Angry Smile (also called the Baby Bird)
What it does: Tones neck muscles to prevent sagging and double chins.
How to do it: First, place your hands below your neck and press down to lengthen the neck muscles. Then tilt your head up to the sky, like a baby bird getting food from her mom. Tip your chin upward and press the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, then swallow. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
If the yoga poses alone aren’t doing it for you, you can also spring for a NuFace Trinity ($325, sephora.com) to use at home. It’s a handheld device that uses microcurrent technology to help tone the muscles in your face. Many aestheticians we know swear by it, including Louise who says that using it daily is another great way to “start young as a preventative, safe, and natural measure to prevent sagging skin.”
—Additional reporting by Fiorella Valdesolo