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Losing volume in your face? How Face Yoga can help build volume…naturally!

Updated: Jan 11


Losing volume in the facial muscles


As we age, our muscles lose volume. As skin follows muscle, if our facial muscles lack volume, are weak, tired or sagging, then the skin will follow, leading to wrinkles and folds.


Just like we would with our bodies, we must actively work the muscles of the face to keep them strong, toned and to help maintain their volume; keeping the skin lifted, toned and glowing.



Don’t worry, your face won’t suddenly be worthy of a body building (or face building) competition!


Just like we would with our bodies, we must actively work the muscles of the face to keep them strong, toned and to help maintain their volume; keeping the skin lifted, toned and glowing.

Facial muscle size and structure differs from that of the muscles of the body. There are fewer muscle fibres in the facial muscles, so whilst we are able to strengthen, lift and tone the facial muscles, the changes are more subtle. Face Yoga is a fantastic way to naturally build volume in your face. No tweakments in sight!


As the facial muscle lifts and tones, not only will the skin lift and tone, but you will also benefit your lymphatic system, by reducing muscle tension and creating space for lymph to flow freely. It's win-win...or glow-glow!


Face Yoga exercise using hands to add resistance
Using the hands to add resistance in Face Yoga

But just how do we build muscle?


One key factor needed to build muscle is resistance. With Face Yoga, we use our hands to create resistance, giving the facial muscles something to pull against in order to create a muscle growth response. (Beware those pushing “face yoga” on social media and just wiggling their faces around!)


Our muscles are made up of bundles of muscle fibres. When we exercise with resistance, to the point where our muscles become tired, we stress the muscle fibres and microscopic “microtears” occur in the smallest muscle fibre bundles.


Over time, with consistent exercise and proper nutrition, the muscles gain volume and strength.

The body then sends in two protein molecules (actin and myosin) to repair the microtears, which causes the muscles to grow in size as the muscle fibres become thicker and stronger.


Over time, with consistent exercise and proper nutrition, the muscles gain volume and strength.


So, how long will it take to see results?

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As a general guide, with consistent practise:


  • After 14 days facial muscles will start to (re)activate.

  • After 3-5 weeks puffiness and water retention start to improve. You may see the first changes in the jawline and under the eyes.

  • After 2-6 months more lift is noticeable in the cheeks and muscles around the eyes and mouth. You may start to see improvements in lines on the forehead.

  • 8+ months - At this point muscles begin to restore volume and deep mimic lines can appear reduced.

Consistency is key, along with correct form and technique, and adequate nutrition.


As with any form of exercise, always listen to your body and rest when needed.

The Authentic Face Beginners Face Yoga Programme is structured in such a way, that each week prepares the facial muscles for the next. You start by working the largest, heaviest muscles of the face, neck and skull; making room to activate the smaller, weaker muscles in the later weeks.



Once you have completed the programme and activated all of the facial muslces, you can start to focus the exercises on any areas of concern you may have. To build volume in the cheeks,  make sure you incorporate the following Week Three exercises regularly into your Face Yoga routine.


  • Cheekbone Lift

  • Cheeks Up

  • Boxer




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