As you get older your fascia - the underlying structure that connects everything together - starts to dehydrate, it needs movement to keep it supple and hydrated.
If you missed Nahid's Get the Glow Yang and Yin for Beauty workshop, here are a few facial yoga and acupressure to keep your face glowing.
Start by releasing the muscles and connective tissue of your jaw. They can get tight here from grinding our teeth so this is a good place to start to release tension and soften the fascia.
In Eastern medicine our life force, prana or Qi travel along pathways called meridians. In various points on the body these meridian points are close enough to the surface to access.
Facial acupressure improves the metabolism and blood circulation to the skin.
Hold a light pressure on the bone of the eye socket - never soft tissue- on the points marked A, B, C, D and E ( shown in the diagram above).
hold the pressure for 10 seconds, remove the fingers, take a deep breath in and out and repeat for 3 times at each point. Have your face turned down towards the floor as you do this. This helps to reduce dark circles and puffiness in the eyes.
Lightly tap your fingers like rain drops on the lower eye socket working from the inside of the eye outwards and do the same at your upper eye socket - that's one set.
Repeat for 5 to 10 sets keeping your face turned downwards. This helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles.
Look forwards and lift your chin slightly. Smile evenly and then stick your tongue out and try to touch your nose, hold for 10 seconds and then reach your tongue to the right, and then reach your tongue to the left holding both sides for 10 seconds.
Put the tongue back in your mouth and close mouth as you lower your chin. Repeat 2 more times. This is a good lifting exercise for sagging chins and to lift skin on the neck and the decolletage.
To tone the neck, Look forwards, smile evenly and show your teeth, take an inhale and then on an exhale make a "heeeeeee" sound to fully exhale.
Repeat this 10 times. To finish close your eyes, take a breath in fully and slowly breath out fully. Slowly open your eyes.
Do this every morning and notice a tighter and fresher face looking back at you in the mirror.
The three simple rules of keeping youthful are movement, rest and nutrition. As well as regular facials and the above exercises, Nahid swears by her regular Glow Yoga practice in our bespoke Far infra red studios, which not only soothes inflammation but also induces the production of collagen, she also eats a lot of leafy greens and oily fish and practises restorative yoga daily.
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28 April 2014