Face yoga: the facial massage techniques that Meghan Markle loves

Time to give your face a workout...

by Fiona Ward

Beauty goes much further than skin deep, despite the old saying. And the most recent movement in skincare proves just that - as beauty professionals hail muscle-boosting facial massage as the secret to plump, glowing skin. In fact, Prince Harry's betrothed Meghan Markle is an advocate of face yoga. The royal-to-be was quoted saying, "I do facial exercises taught to me by one of my favorite aestheticians, Nicola Joss, who basically has you sculpt your face from the inside out. I swear it works, as silly as you may feel. On the days I do it, my cheekbones and jawline are way more sculpted."

What is face yoga?

Face yoga, or facial massage, is a series of exercises that does to your complexion what working out does to your body - smoothing, toning and boosting elasticity in the skin. The motions can be performed by a facialist or expert, or you can do them on yourself at home. Regular practice of twenty minutes a day can result in a visible difference in the face and neck within just two weeks.

READ MORE: Meghan Markle’s skin tips from celebrity facialist Nichola Joss

The trend for 'AthBeauty' - blending fitness with beauty - has only grown, most notably in the UK with the launch of FaceGym, the innovative facial studio that specialises in complexion 'workouts' using kneading and knuckling techniques to tone and tighten the facial muscles.