View our article on The Yoga Face. To keep their complexions looking younger, many women attempt everything from cosmetic plastic surgery and Botox treatments to more invasive methods like plastic surgery. But behind those surgical smiles are a number of side effects that can cause more harm than good in the long run. For example, a surgical face lift can make the face look larger and may result in drooping eyelids or folds that sag over time. In addition, an invasive surgical face lift often requires long-term use of eye makeup, which can eventually lead to dry, cracked skin around the eyes.
To retain youthful looking skin, older women try anti-aging skincare products that promise to erase wrinkles, age spots, and fine lines. Unfortunately, most of these formulas don’t work. That’s because they’re made up almost entirely of chemicals that are actually cancer-causing agents. On top of that, some of the ingredients commonly used in anti-aging skin care formulas can actually cause skin irritation and redness. This is because they strip the skin of its natural oils. But there is an alternative: yoga face exercises that can tone and firm the skin while simultaneously improving facial tone and elasticity.
The key to younger-looking muscle tone and elasticity rests in two areas: stretching and toning the muscles at the same time. A typical yoga pose, known as the headstand, works many of the major muscles at the back of the neck and upper back. By creating a framework of support for the spine and allowing the muscles in the back to lengthen, the headstand stretches the back and relieves pressure on the shoulders and neck. That’s why yoga poses like the headstand are so popular with seniors who want to look years younger–and it’s also why yoga can help reverse the aging process.