Four facial yoga exercises to tone and firm

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It's not an exercise, but not only will smiling boost your mood - it could even keep those dreaded wrinkles at bay by helping to plump your cheeks, tone your lips and lift your neck. Here are four more face-firming tricks to try...

Whatever your workout of choice, the chances are it focuses on keeping your body in shape, but completely forgets about your face. As a busy woman, it can be hard to find time to focus on this, but with a few simple facial yoga moves, you can be much happier with what you see in the mirror every morning. It's one of the most important parts of your body, and your face will soon feel fresher and younger with these exercises...

Getting started

Stand up straight in front of the mirror - don't worry if you feel a bit daft! At first, do each exercise every other day and once you've mastered them, you won't need the mirror and should repeat the routine once or twice a week. The beauty is that you can do them anywhere - while making dinner, during your break at work or even in the bath!

Posh pronunciation

It might feel silly, but by fully articulating a series of vowels while laughing, you can help lift the neck and firm the corners of your mouth. You never know, it may also improve your pronunciation too!

1. Breathe in deeply before you start.
2. Try saying A, E, I, O, U' in a very deliberate, almost posh voice while smiling and laughing.
3. Repeat the process three times.

Pucker up, baby

You might look like a pouting fish, but this will help tone your cheeks and lips, and plump up the lower half of your face.

1. Suck in your cheeks until your lips form a figure-of-eight shape.
2. Hold this position for 10 seconds then release.
3. Repeat 20 times.

Keep it zipped

By tensing up your lips you can effectively prevent sagging of the skin surrounding the lips and give your smile a boost.

1. With your mouth closed, pinch your lips shut tight.
2. Stretch your mouth as widely as you can as if you're trying to smile while your lips are glued shut.
3. Hold this position for 20 seconds before relaxing all the muscles. Repeat 10 or 12 times.

The Kiss

Perfect for helping to firm the lips and smooth out the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. You can max the impact of this move by using your fingers to squeeze your lips in place.

1. Push the lips forward into an extreme pout, as if puckering up for a kiss.
2. Hold this position for about 30 seconds.
3. Repeat the process four times.

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