Written by Kelle Salle
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When you hear the word ‘posture’, you probably think about standing up tall, keeping your shoulders back, pulling your stomach among other things. If, like me, you spend a lot of time working at a desk, then you’ve probably had to check your posture at various points during the day. You might even have a chair that supports it so you don’t slouch. While posture is closely associated with our bodies, facial posture is also something we should be paying attention to. Practising good facial posture is a great way to enhance your beauty routine and depending on your preferences, it can be done at a clinic or in the comfort of your own home. If you want to learn more about how to improve your facial posture without having surgery, keep reading. We’ve sought the expertise of Skin and Aesthetics Expert at Update Aesthetics Nina Prisk to tell us everything we need to know about facial posture and how to improve it.
What is facial posture?
Facial posture refers to how the head, neck and facial muscles are aligned while at rest and during movement. It’s how we naturally hold our head and face and can be influenced by a number of factors such as lifestyle habits and daily activities.
What does good facial posture involve?
While a large part of achieving a younger looking complexion is down to the products you use as part of your skincare routine, facial posture can also affect your skin’s health and appearance. It’s important to note that there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect facial posture’ but keeping your facial posture in mind the same way you keep your body posture in mind is key.
How does poor facial posture impact our skin?
Poor facial posture can lead to the formation of wrinkles, fine lines and loss of facial volume in areas such as the cheeks, jawline and chin. The biggest cause of poor facial posture is lifestyle habits. It’s easy to forget what’s happening with your face when you lead a busy lifestyle, so it’s important to find the time to build a routine that works for you.
One lifestyle habit that can have an impact on facial posture is chewing on one side. This can create an asymmetry in the masseter muscles and can cause wrinkles. To practise good facial posture, you’ll need to have good alignment and a relaxed expression, so no furrowing, grimacing or puckering.
What are the benefits of improved facial posture?
One of the main benefits of improved facial posture is younger looking skin. It can help reduce lines and wrinkles and can also create improved symmetry and balance in the face.
How can facial posture be improved?
It is possible to improve your facial posture without having surgery. There are a number of non-invasive treatments that can deliver the results you desire. Facials can help stimulate collagen synthesis. I offer a SkinCeuticals Corrective Facial which stimulates collagen synthesis and elastin fibres in the dermis and helps to improve the appearance and texture of the skin, improving fine lines and wrinkles, as well as treating acne and discoloration. It includes a variety of active ingredients such as glycolic and lactic acids, and salicylic and mandelic acids.
To improve your facial posture in the comfort of your own home, there are a variety of exercises that can help strengthen your facial muscles. If you need some inspiration, then look for face yoga videos on YouTube. Gua sha, a smooth-edged tool, can also help as it’s used to improve blood circulation and boost energy flow, resulting in a younger and firmer complexion. If in clinic facials and massaging tools aren’t your thing, then using skincare products that contain anti-aging ingredients such as retinoids and antioxidants. Just be sure to massage any products you use into your skin for a youthful complexion.