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Oils And Face Yoga Exercises Help With Wrinkles

Author: Mary Ann D.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 06-24-2011
Views: 19,953
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Testimonial ID: 6005-OR
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Scientific Studies: 8

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Some people have been asking for the "face yoga" exercises that I do with my custom oil blend for my face, so I am putting them on this website.

First, the oil blend:
In an empty 15 ml bottle, I put 10 drops of Frankincense, and 5 drops each of: Myrrh, Sandalwood; Cedarwood; Geranium; and Lavender. Then I fill the bottle with a carrier oil (about 7 droppers full), so that the essential oils are diluted by about 7:1 or so.

I apply this blend right after I have washed my face, when it is still a bit moist. Be sure to include the neck, too! All the way around. Just a few drops is all it takes.

If you do a search on YouTube for Face Yoga, you will get more complete instructions, but here is a sample of what I do, morning and evening after I have washed my face and applied the Essential Oil Blend.

The idea of these exercises is to have the muscles work against each other, to strengthen them, so I am often holding some muscles in place, while I push other muscles against them or away from them.

First is the Lion (as in Yoga), where you scrunch everything together toward the center of your face (no hands, in this one). So you are frowning, pursing your lips, pulling your chin up and squinting your eyes all at once. Hold that for a few seconds, then do the opposite movement, where you open your eyes wide, open your mouth, stick out your tongue, raise your forehead, etc. Very funny looking, but it really helps to wake up the muscles.

For the next one, I place the tips of my fingers on the centers of my eyebrows and try to frown (lower the forehead), but my fingers are pushing upward at the same time and stop most of that movement. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat 3 times. (I repeat most of these exercises three times.)

Leaving your fingers on the same place at the center of your eyebrows, try to draw your forehead together, to make the vertical lines in the middle, but again, stop that movement with your fingers. Repeat thrice.

Now place the tips of your fingers just below your eyes (on the ridges on top of your cheeks toward the outer part of your eyes), and holding those muscles in place, try to squint with your eyes, or just to raise your lower lids. Repeat thrice. This one really helps with crow's feet.

Move down your face and place the edges of your little finger and palm along side your mouth. While holding those muscles in place with your hand, try to purse your lips. Your hands are again inhibiting most of that movement. Repeat thrice.

Now put your (clean) little fingers in your mouth up to the first knuckle. Try to stretch out your lips with your fingers, while trying to purse your lip muscles. Move your fingers higher and lower on your lips to work the muscles all the way around. Repeat thrice.

The next three exercises don't require hands.

Close your lips and open your teeth as far as you can (keeping your lips closed) suck your cheeks in a bit and then try to smile. It won't look like you are smiling, but you want to activate those muscles. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat thrice. This is especially good for the nasal / labial lines between your nose and mouth.

Close your mouth and puff out your cheek with air on one side, then on the other. Keep alternating for a few times. I also let the air puff out my upper and lower lips, while resisting that pressure with my muscles.

Lastly (and most important, for me) are the neck stretches. I have MUCH better tone on my neck skin and muscles than I used to before starting with the Oil Blend and the face yoga!

Be sure you have applied the Oil Blend to your neck (front and back), then stretch your chin up in front as high as it will go (like you want to touch the ceiling with your chin), purse your lips outward, and stick out your tongue. Looks weird, I know, but is REALLY good for toning the muscles. This one I usually only do once, but hold it for several seconds. Release. Then turn your head to the left and lift your chin up and jut out your jaw. Hold for several seconds, and repeat on the right side.

You're all ready to go. Although it takes time to read through these, I probably spend only one - two minutes on them morning and evening.

Hope these help you as much as they do me! Thanks so much for your interest!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: skin — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
2.Associated topics: skin — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link
3.Associated topics: collagen — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
4.Associated topics: skin — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link
5.Associated topics: skin — "Tea tree oil (TTO) (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used recently as an effective topical application for the treatment of skin infections due to a variety of aetiological microbial agents, including mainly bacterial infections. We detail... the successful treatment with TTO of a paediatric patient with warts on her right middle finger. TTO was applied topically once daily to the lesions for 12 days, with a successful outcome, including complete re-epithelization of the infected areas. The case highlights the potential use of TTO in the treatment of common warts due to human papilloma virus."Link
6.Associated topics: skin — "Tea tree oil... has become increasingly popular as an antimicrobial for the treatment of conditions such as tinea pedis [athlete’s foot] and acne....[T]ea tree oil can reduce histamine-induced skin inflammation."Link
7.Associated topics: muscles — "[T]he effect of essential oils on skeletal and smooth muscle...: The first type of effect on skeletal muscle involved a contracture and inhibition of the twitch response to nerve stimulation shown by a sample of clary sage, dill, fennel, frankincense, and nutmeg; ...lavender reduced the twitch response alone."Link
8.Associated topics: skin,muscles — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link

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