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FACIAL YOGA: Stretch, exercise and tone your face

Facial yoga is a technique to tone the muscles of the face, neck and décolleté, while releasing accumulated stress.

This discipline is based on the premise that if you train the muscles of your body, why not train your facial muscles too? Indeed, according to facial yoga, the signs of ageing are not only due to a loss of skin elasticity, but also a decrease in muscle volume. Therefore, by increasing the muscle size, you’ll improve expression lines and firmness.

Facial yoga is becoming increasingly popular in Spain. However, countries like Japan and the United States are way ahead.

Celebrities like Meghan Markle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have been known to perform this type of routine on occasion.

With regular practice, the facial tissues become smoother and more defined.


Facial yoga has both physical and psychological benefits.

On the physical level:

  • Combats flaccidity
  • Provides flexibility to the skin
  • Strengthens the facial and neck muscles, particularly the outer and lower sides, as well as the cheeks, lips, neck and forehead
  • Stimulates facial circulation
  • Prevents the appearance of wrinkles
  • Improves collagen synthesis
  • Improves eye bags, dark circles, double chin and jowls
  • Prevents flaccidity
  • Activates and tones facial muscles
  • Improves blood and oxygen circulation around the face

On the psychological level:

Your body is energy, and your face is no exception! Performing these exercises not only improves your physical appearance but also your state of mind.

  • Relaxes and releases stress
  • Improves breathing
  • Eases tensions that accumulate in the face


This activity is suitable for everyone! It can be done by people of all ages and all skin types.

The best time to start is from the age of 30. That’s when you’ll see results in less time, as the facial muscles are not as weakened and will respond faster to muscle workouts. However, this doesn’t mean it’s too late for people in their forties, fifties, or even sixties.

What equipment do you need?

All you need are your hands for the exercises and to keep your skin well hydrated with a Sesshin beauty treatment. A good time to do it is at the end of the day, after cleansing and moisturising your skin.

Some exercises

Cheeks: Slowly fill your cheeks with air. Then, move the air from side to side for 30 seconds.

Forehead: Clench your hands and place the knuckles of your index and middle fingers on the centre of your forehead. Apply pressure, hold and slide to each side. When you reach your temples, apply a little pressure. Do a set of 4 repetitions.

Jowl: Place your right hand beneath your chin, ensuring you have a 90-degree angle. Push your chin downwards and take three deep breaths while applying pressure.

Big smile: Half open your mouth, smile slightly and keep the tension for 5 seconds. The next step, without stopping smiling, is to widen your smile and keep the tension for the same length of time. Repeat this exercise until smile as widely as you can manage.

How to start?

To get started, we recommend visiting the website and programmes of Diana Bordón, one of the forerunners of facial yoga in Spain.

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