Do you suffer from 'iPhone face'? Stop your mobile ageing you with facial yoga

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Yoga isn't just for a banging bod - it can perkify your face too...

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Stop everything you're doing and think about how your face looks right this second. Staring down at your smartphone or slumped in front of your laptop, you've probably got one of the following: Furrowed brow, saggy jowls, double chin...Yes? Meet your iPhone face.

We already know that computer use isn't good for our posture, but did you know it could be having an effect on your face too? Sitting for hours with your head bent slightly forward, staring at computer devices may be shortening your neck muscles and causing a drooping jaw line, as well as giving you those attractive lines in your forehead and around your eyes.

Next time you remember, concentrate on putting your face back into 'neutral' and see how different it feels.

You're not alone. Now you know about it, you'll see examples of it everywhere - people on the tube or sitting at their desks - all scowly-jowly. And it's believed that this could be behind the growing trend for skin tightening treatments and chin implants which cost around £4,290.

But there's no need to resort to that just yet. What if we told you that a range of facial exercises could help? Well we can - hooray for us - and it's called Face Yoga.

Face Yoga is a series of exercises that promise to do for your face what yoga does for your body - relaxing and toning the muscles to give you a smoother, tighter visage. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston, are said to be advocates of it. And if it's good enough for Gwynnie...

'Just as your body needs regular exercise to stay toned and firm, the 57 muscles in the face and neck also need to be exercised,' explains Danielle Collins, the UK's leading Face Yoga expert. 'As they become stronger they are lifted and firmed and the skin attached to the muscles is tautened, reducing lines and wrinkles.'

Danielle added, 'After three months, you'll notice you have fewer fine lines and less tension and people will notice you look healthier and more energised. Within six to nine months people have reported that they look and feel many years younger and feel more relaxed within themselves.'

Danielle's top three face yoga moves

1. The 'V'
To reduce lines and wrinkles around the eyes and to make the eyes more open and energized.

Put both your middle fingers together between your eyebrows then apply pressure to the outer corners of your eyes with your index fingers. Look up and start to move the lower eyelids upwards, making a strong squint. Then relax and repeat 6 more times. To finish squeeze your eyes shut for 10 seconds then relax.

2. Smile Smoother
To reduce lines around the mouth and to lift and firm the cheeks and mouth.

Hide your teeth with your lips and make an 'O' shape with the mouth. Then, smile as wide as you can and keep hiding the teeth. Repeat 6 times. Next, hold the smile shape and place one index finger on the chin. Then start to move your jaw up and down as you tilt your head back. Relax and repeat twice more.

3. Giraffe
To tone and lift the neck area.

Looking straight ahead place your finger tips on the top of your neck and lightly stroke the skin down as you tilt your head back. Bring your head back down and repeat twice more. Then jut your lower lip out as far as possible, place your fingers on your collarbone and point your chin upwards, pulling the corners of your mouth down. Hold for 4 deep breaths.

For more information, visit faceyogaexpert.com

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