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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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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
Yep, I've got lines under my eyes and around my mouth from grinning like a maniac, and I'm 19! I'd rather have them then never smile or not have my smile reach my eyes.
Bebeshopper Bebeshopper 8 years
There's this "Facial Flex" contraption that is supposed to "tone up your face" that I've always wondered about. I'd love to have more defined cheekbones and less pudge around the chin, but then I wondered if it wouldn't cause more wrinkling. Isn't that what causes wrinkles, repetitive movement of the muscles?
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Or we can learn to age gracefully?!
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
I'm 27 next week and I have wrinkles on my forehead, the ones from raising my eyebrows alot I guess,, I don't mind them though, and I don't think they make me look any older.
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
"I'd much rather earn some wrinkles through laughing than be stone-faced and wrinkle-free" i concur
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
I totally agree with you bella, I would definitely have wrinkles from laughing than none at all. Actually I already have quite a few wrinkles from laughing, and I'm only 17! Too bad...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Down with wrinkles! Ha.
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
That's a funny-looking photo.
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