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Skin Notes
Face yoga
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As if standing on your head and imitating a tree didn’t make you look silly enough, we are now suggesting you smile as wide as you can without showing any of your teeth. Try it with us now ladies, you’re doing face yoga. Isn’t it thrilling? There is some method to this madness; it isn’t just a ploy to make you look completely bonkers. Just like your body, the muscles in your face also need toning to stay pert and lifted.

Face yoga expert, Danielle Collins explains, ‘Facial exercises work the hypodermis (lower skin layer), the dermis (middle skin layer) and the epidermis (upper skin layer). Working all of these layers correctly  will increase blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and nourishment to reach the cells of the skin.’ Sound good so far?

We’ve got some simple stretches for you to get started. If doing this for 10 minutes a day gives us even just a fraction of the youthful radiance of known celebrity fans Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston – we’ll take an annual membership on repeat please.

The ultimate eye workout

Good for: Drooping eyelids, crow's feet, eye bags and puffiness.

Step 1: Press both middle fingers together at the inner corner of the eyebrows, then with the index fingers, apply pressure to the outer corners of the eyebrows.

Step 2: Look to the ceiling, and raise the lower eyelids upwards to make a strong squint, and then relax.

Step 3: Repeat six more times and finish by squeezing eyes shut tightly for 10 seconds.

The plumper

Good for: Cheek lines and sagging skin.

Step 1: Hide the teeth with the lips to make an 'O' shape with the mouth and then smile widely while keeping the teeth hidden. Repeat six times.

Step 2: Next, hold the smile shape while placing one index finger on the chin. Then start to move the jaw up and down so the head tilts gently back.

Step 3: Relax and repeat twice more.

The line smoother

Good for: Horizontal forehead lines.

Step 1: Place both hands on the forehead facing inwards and spread all of the fingers out between the eyebrows and hairline.

Step 2: Gently sweep the fingers outwards across the forehead, applying light pressure to tighten the skin.

Step 3: Relax and repeat 10 times.

The wake up call

Good for: Deep eye hollows and drooping eyebrows.

Step 1: Place an index finger under each eye, pointing towards the nose.

Step 2: Hide the teeth and tease the top lip and bottom lip away from each other at the mouth.

Step 3: Flutter the upper eyelids while gazing at the ceiling for 30 seconds. And you thought fluttering those eyelashes was just for that special someone.

The neck lift

Good for: Lines and loose skin on the neck.

Step 1: Looking straight ahead, place the finger tips at the bottom of the neck and lightly stroke the skin downwards with the head tilted back.

Step 2: Bring the head back down to the chest and repeat twice more.

Step 3: Finally, jut the lower lip out as far as possible and pull the corners of the mouth down. Place finger tips on the collarbone with the chin pointed upwards. Hold for four deep breaths.

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