Prevent Wrinkles Through Facial Muscle Memory

After almost two decades of practising as an aesthetician and skincare consultant in a few countries, I have a fair idea of someone’s personality by scanning the creases on his/her face.

Do you know that your emotions and constant facial expressions get etched on your face?

One of my secrets to achieving a youthful looking face is by applying the “FMM Technique” or Facial Muscle Memory Technique.  This works on the same principle as Motor Learning.

According to this theory in physiology, when you repeatedly do a particular muscle movement, it forms a muscle memory.  This is the same principle that applies in riding a bicycle, playing a musical instrument, as well as dancing and exercising.

Your constant facial expressions create a muscle memory.  It gets to a point where even without you doing anything, that expression becomes effortless and automatic to you. This repetitive facial expression gets etched on your face and develops into wrinkles or frown lines.

If you are always grumpy, forming a smile almost hurts.

Applying the FMM Technique, I purposely avoid frowning or raising my eyebrows.  What I do, instead, is always lift my cheeks by smiling.  That is how I train my facial muscles and this is what gets etched on my face like a permanent expression.

So here’s what I suggest you do — get a mirror and observe your face.  What is the muscle memory that you have saved on your face over the years?

It’s not too late.  The good news is, you can still do something to lessen or iron out the creases on your face.  Muscle memory or motor learning can be re-learned through constant practice.

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Does Face Yoga Work?

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The proof is out!  

In an experiment conducted at Northwestern University in Chicago, researchers found that by consistently doing a 30-minute facial exercise program for 20 weeks, participants lowered their average estimated age by roughly three years.

The study was administered on a group of 27 women aged between 40 and 65 years old. They learned 32 different exercises and conducted each for about a minute for the duration of the experiment.  Read here for more details about the study.

But how does Face Yoga exactly work?

The human face is the only part of the body where the muscles are attached directly to the skin instead of the bones. By exercising the facial muscles, you can quickly affect the skin’s tone and, ultimately, the shape of your face.

Look closely at your face on the mirror.  Your constant expressions and how you react to your emotions become permanently etched on your face.  Naturally, worriers tend to have prominent frown lines.

Some people have uneven faces because of the habitual, uneven ways they use their facial muscles — like sleeping on one side of the face every night.   But you can learn to make your face even or toned through Face Yoga.

The facial exercises concentrate on individual muscles in key areas: the neck, mouth, cheeks, eyes and forehead. They isolate, work and tone the muscles repeatedly.

Face yoga helps in keeping the facial muscles strong and fit, and allows the connective tissue around them to stay supple and relaxed by increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients. A mobile face always looks younger.

Moreover, it stimulates cell growth in the elastic fibers within the collagen, which shrink with age.  Healthy, toned and supple skin will discourage the formation of lines when the strong underlying muscles  work and relax back.

Face yoga also brightens the eyes, reduces wrinkles and generally tightens the skin in the eye area,  making your eyes look younger and less tired.

What is Face Yoga?

Face Yoga Ema Trinidad

Being in the skincare industry, I have formed the habit of observing the detailed changes on my face from my close-up photos over the years.

The times I was happy and ecstatically in love, were the times I was most glowing and youthful looking. One most notable photo is the self portrait I took when I had just delivered my first baby. Yes, that was a very happy and glorious moment for me.

During turbulent times, no matter how much makeup I applied, or tried to conceal my heartache with a smile, my sad eyes would give me away. I definitely looked older!

As the years progressed, I learned to be calmer and less reactive to every negative thing that happens around me.  Even when I am in a chaotic physical environment, I have learned the art of transporting my mind to a peaceful place through meditation.

When I observed my current photos, that calmness is reflected on my face.

So what is Face Yoga?

The Face Yoga that most are familiar with is a series of facial exercises that relaxes and tones facial muscles.  But “Face Yoga by Ema”, what this blogsite is all about, presents a more holistic approach. It goes deeper than the facial muscles.

How our face looks is a result of what happens in our body, mind, emotions and energy.

The word yoga literally means “union”.

A Yoga Face is what we achieve when our body, mind, emotions and energy are in absolute harmony, or in perfect tune.

When our body and mind are in a relaxed state and at a certain level of blissfulness, it shows on our face — we look naturally younger!

So how do we control our frown lines when we are worried about the future? How do we prevent the corners of our mouth from drooping when we are crying deep inside? How do we erase the wrinkles on our face when our body is aging faster than we can control? How do we purify our body from all the toxins of pollution and harmful chemicals from what we eat and apply on our skin?

The purpose of this blog is to share with you the secrets to achieving a Yoga Face.