02 November 2012

We all know that yoga helps us keep our bodies supple, but the latest trend among many Americans is to use a similar exercise regime to help beat the signs of aging in their faces. Facial yoga involves adopting a range of expressions designed to stretch and flex the facial muscles, which go by such intriguing names as the 'fish face' and 'Satchmo' named after the late singer Louis Armstrong. According to America's ABC News, facial yoga is designed as "a natural, non-invasive alternative to Botox, fillers and plastic surgery", which, its supporters claim, helps keep faces looking younger. "It's been scientifically proven that the muscular activity helps to prolong the production of collagen and elastin, which makes your face firm and springy," said facial yoga's inventor, Annelise Hagen, of New York Yoga. But she adds that a strict regime is essential: "If you just make weird squirmy faces randomly, you'd get more wrinkles," she says. Dermatologist Dr Neil Sadick, whose clients have included real-life TV show stars, says facial yoga helps promote the production of collagen. And he added: "Although theres not great science around it compared to other technologies like chemical peels or Botox, we know that by stimulating any component of your face like your muscles youre going to have a beneficial effect in terms of your overall appearance.