Meghan Markle on the $0 Anti-Aging Treatment She Loves: "I Swear It Works"

Updated 05/08/19
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One glance at Meghan Markle tells you that the newly minted Duchess of Sussex is committed to her health. And as Birchbox reports, she isn't one to shy away from an unconventional beauty treatment. "I do facial exercises from one of my favorite aestheticians, Nichola Joss, who basically has you sculpt your face from the inside out," she told the beauty website. "I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are way more sculpted. There’s a reason she is in high demand around awards season when every actress wants to look A-plus." Markle also told Glamour about Joss's legendary treatments, adding that she "literally massages your face from inside your mouth."

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Two testaments from Markle were enough for us to do some digging of our own, which inevitably led to our sister site Byrdie's instructive article and video on the under-the-radar technique, also known as face yoga. We're fans of the treatment for two main reasons: One, it's completely free and thus arguably the most budget-friendly way to fight aging. And two, it's totally natural and non-invasive, but it still tightens, tones, and brightens your complexion.

As New York City–based skincare guru Ling Chan of Ling Skincare explained, "Our facial muscles store a lot of tension," which can "cause wrinkles and fine lines." So by utilizing a series of face "yoga poses" or exercises, you can increase circulation, resulting in "more radiant, youthful-looking skin." Here's how to do it yourself, per Byrdie's video tutorial.

Pose 1: The Neck-Lift

1. Stand in front of a mirror and look straight ahead.

2. Tilt your neck back slightly so you can see the ceiling.

3. From just below your chin to the top of your collarbone, lightly stroke your neck in a downward motion.

4. Once you've reached your collarbone, let your fingertips rest there.

5. With your fingertips on your collarbone, lift your chin upward, and jut out your lower lip.

6. Repeat this step for a total of three times.

Pose 2: The Jawline Definer

1. Start by looking straight ahead in front of a mirror.

2. Smile wide.
3. While holding your wide smile, press the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
4. In addition to step two, lift your chin in an upward diagonal motion, rotating to the right (you will feel a gentle stretch), then swallow. Do the same motion rotating to the left.
5. Repeat this exercise for a total of four times.

Pose 3: The Smile-Line Eraser

1. Start by looking straight ahead in front of a mirror.

2. Curl your lips over your teeth.

3. While keeping your lips curled, make an "O" shape with your mouth.

4. With lips still curled and mouth open, smile wide.

5. Alternate between making the "O" shape with your mouth and the wide smile a total of eight times.

Pose 4: The Cheek Firmer

1. Start by looking straight ahead in front of a mirror.

2. Take a deep breath and hold it.

3. While holding your breath, purse your lips.

4. Move your breath from one cheek to the other a total of eight times.

5. Release your breath, and take a moment to breathe.

6. When ready, repeat this exercise one more time.

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