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Does Facial Yoga Work?

Facial Yoga Gets Put to the Test

Facial yoga is the trend that, despite not really taking off, keeps coming back. The idea is that by controlling your facial muscles and limiting movement, you can reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging, and so forth. A year ago, about half of you said you thought it was ridiculous to think that changing your facial movements would reduce the number of wrinkles. Now, some experts have weighed in.

The verdict? Relaxing your forehead and practicing smiling without crinkling your eyes might prevent crow's feet. But other facial yoga movements could actually intensify lines, and all the stretching in the world won't help firm a sagging chin or crepey neck. If you're truly concerned about preventing facial lines, minimizing your expressions might stave them off for a while. As I've said before, though, I'd much rather earn some wrinkles through laughing than be stone-faced and wrinkle-free.


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