Before the program, each participant went through 90-minute training sessions with a facial exercise instructor, who taught them 32 different facial expressions. The participants were trained to hold each facial pose for a minute each.
Over the next 20 weeks, they continued the exercises at home. For the first eight weeks, they spent 30 minutes a day on them and after that, they performed the exercises every other day.
Before the program, dermatologists rated the participants to be 50.8 years on average based on how their face looked.
After eight weeks, dermatologists rated them 49.6 years on average. And after the program, the average dropped to 48.1 years old.
"That's almost a three-year decrease in age appearance over a 20-week period," Alam said.
Scientists noticed the greatest differences around the upper and lower cheek, which became increasingly fuller and more rounded throughout the study.
Sample facial yoga exercises, according to the study:
The Cheek Lifter:
- Open mouth and form “O”
- Position upper lip over teeth
- Smile to lift cheek muscles up
- Put fingers lightly on top part of cheek
- Release cheek muscles to lower them, lift back up
- Repeat by lowering and lifting the cheeks