facial yogaWho doesn't like a great beauty tip? Especially when that beauty tip can help us turn back the clock -- or at least slow the menacing tick of the stupid thing. Personally, I'm all about the beauty tips. (Ladies, try using toilet seat covers as oil blotters. You're welcome.) That's why I was thrilled, ecstatic, when I stumbled upon facial yoga, an exercise that supposedly wards crow's feet and droopy jowls. Um, yes please!

I know what you're thinking -- there's yoga for everything these days, it seems. Regular yoga, prenatal yoga, children's yoga, senior yoga, dog yoga -- where does it end?! Well, apparently not there, because there was a whole lotta facial yoga going on in my bathroom last night, and let me tell you: Not only do I think it's hilarious, I actually think it can cause wrinkles.

Here's the deal. First, you watch the video below (which is another experience in and of itself, but trust me, even if you have no intentions of doing facial yoga, watch the thing). Then, you do the "exercises" the crazypants instructor demonstrated. You're going to want to do this in private because you're going to look like an idiot.

I did this last night. Partly for research, partly out of curiosity, partly because even Gwyneth Paltrow does it. I went into this with an open mind, really I did, but there is no way in hell these exercises prevent wrinkles! I felt like my skin was stretching out and losing its elasticity during the "workout." I mean, isn't that why fancy, older ladies don't do things like drink out of straws and smile -- because it loosens their skin, causing wrinkles? And I'm not alone in thinking this! Dr. Francis Papay, chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, agrees with me. He says, "These exercises would have the opposite effect." Right, Dr. P.? We're so in tune.

So, bottom line, I think this is another example of a person (people) trying to capitalize on people's vanity -- Anti Wrinkle Beauty Pillow, anyone? Will I do facial exercises ever again? No. I'm going to stick to my moisturizers and SPFs instead, thank you. Will I be watching the facial yoga video ever again? Hell yeah!

Check it out.

What do you think of facial yoga? What crazy beauty things have you heard of (or tried)?

 

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