Move over, Downward Dog—the new type of yoga is for your face, and science says it may take years off. As The New York Times reports, facial exercises may significantly reduce some of the signs of aging, according to a new study. The research, published in JAMA Dermatology found that women looked about three years younger after a few months of exercising.
Gary Sikorski of Providence, RI, is the creator of Happy Face Yoga, one of the longest-established facial-exercise programs. The idea behind facial exercises, Sikorski says, is that it provides a kind of resistance training for the facial muscles and, as with any type of strength training, should make those muscles stronger and larger, firming skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Think of it as a jab-free, hands-on face-lift.
Facial exercise is not a recent thing. Over the years, many programs have claimed that you can reverse visible effects of aging—such as sagging and wrinkles—through face massaging. But now that there's actual science behind it, we're ready to jump on board. The best bit? It doesn't cost a thing—just a bit of "handy" work. Read the full story at The New York Times.