We talk a lot about the effect of gravity on our faces, and if you look at other people closely, you’ll see that everybody is aging a little bit differently. Knowing your face gravitation type is the key when it comes to determining what kind of facial workout you need and the results you get.
Some people notice the forming of double chin or drop of the upper eyelids. Others experience volume loss in the cheeks and wrinkles around the mouth and eye area. So look yourself in the mirror closely. What do you see? What is happening to your skin and muscles?
Face gravitation type is genetic.
If you want to know what is going to happen with your face, look at your parents. You can do this even if you don’t show any visible signs of aging yet.
Nonetheless, every face is different and unique, face muscles under the influence of gravitation react in three different ways. You can see that your face is sagging down or that your muscles are losing volume and falling “in.” Or maybe you can even see both processes happening at once.
Why is it important to know your gravitation type?
Knowing what is happening with our face muscles points us towards the weakest areas. This helps us determine what kind of stimulation or workout the face needs. Gravitation type is the biggest clue when it comes to putting together an individual face diagnosis and workout plan.
For example, one person may need lifting and toning of the muscles, which requires a static workout. Another person may need dynamic exercises to regain the volume in the muscles. That’s why a tailor-made individual face yoga workouts help you achieve the best results in the shortest time.
At the beginning of your face yoga journey, your gravitation type is not that important yet. You first need to activate the atrophied muscles, which will take approximately 14 days of consistent workout.
If the muscle is atrophied, you don’t have control over it, YET, so you need to start with STATIC exercises. This means you have to hold every exercise as long and as hard as you can. Our 5-week long face yoga program is great to “wake up” and activate your muscles regardless of your face gravitation type. The results will show within those 5 weeks of training for sure!
But if you want to “upgrade” your face yoga routine and get even better results, you must focus on the individualized approach.
Understanding your face form.
There are 57 muscles on the face that represent 60% of our face structure; then, there is 20% of skin, 10% of bones, and 10% of fat. However, it is your face gravitation type that dictates how all the structures (especially muscles and fat pads) are going to act under the influence of gravitation.
When we start losing fat and volume in our muscles, skin does not have enough “material” to lay on, so it starts wrinkling like a balloon that’s running out of air. If we don’t activate our muscles when that starts happening, the blood circulation slows down. As a result, our cells begin lacking oxygen and essential nutrients, which speeds up the aging process and degradation of collagen. If you want to know more about this process you can read all about it this blog post.
There are 3 face gravitation types:
GRAVITATION TYPE 1: Sagging Down
Your face doesn’t have many wrinkles. However, your muscles and skin are sagging and concentrating on the lower part of the face. This starts to blur the line between your jawbone and neck. It also creates double chin and so-called “bags” on both sides of your jaw. The drop of your muscles can also cause congestion of lymphatic fluid on your face, resulting in puffiness and visible bags under your eyes.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Your job is to lift and tone your face muscles with a static workout. You should hold every exercise as long and as hard as you can. Focus on building strength in the neck, jaw, and cheek area. With regular exercise of the right muscles, you will rebuild your face form, improve your blood and lymph circulation, and make your skin glow.
GRAVITATION TYPE 2: Losing Volume
Your muscles are still in place, but they are losing their volume. Over the years, your face becomes narrower and slimmer, and your cheeks won’t be as full as they were. The absence of volume will cause wrinkles around your mouth, eye, and lower cheekbone area.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Focus on bringing some volume back to your face muscles, especially your cheeks. Also, strengthen your cheeks and the muscles around the mouth. You can achieve this by simply following the exercises in our 5-week online program. After that, you should start doing short but intense intervals – what we call a dynamic workout. I show you how to do that if you decide to buy a 1-1 face yoga program.
GRAVITATION TYPE 3: Mixed
If your gravitation type is mixed, you’ll notice both the loss of volume and sagging muscles – often unevenly. Look in the mirror and check if one of your mouth corners is lower than the other. If so, which one? Now take a look at your upper eyelids and cheekbone area – which side of your face is sagging more? It is crucial to find out which side of the face is weaker and work on it with intention. The key is creating balance on both sides of the face.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Start with static exercises and hold them as long as you can. Also, keep in mind that you focus on the weakest side of the face, putting more pressure on the part that is sagging the most. After 5 weeks of training, incorporate dynamic exercises in short but intense intervals.
How to find the crisis points on your face?
Besides gravitation type, it is vital to know which is your weakest muscle. That’s where the sagging process starts. There are 2 crisis points.
The sagging process can start from temporalis muscles (the sides of the face). If these muscles are weak, they are going to start pressing from the side of the face onto the orbicularis oris muscle first, creating nasolabial folds and making the corners of the mouth drop.
How to can you see if this is your weakest area? Put the ends of your palms on your temples, press inwards, up and diagonally back. Now, look if the center of your face opens (nasolabial folds disappear and cheeks lift). If this happens, your weakest area is your temples.
BEST EXERCISE FROM OUR PROGRAM: Cat Eyes
If the central part of the face doesn’t change while making the adjustments, then it is the frontalis (forehead) muscle that is causing the sagging process. When this happens, your lower eyelids start to fall inwards, making a hollow area under the eyes. The corners of the eyes also begin to sag, slowly creating wrinkles under them. The “bags” on both sides of the jaw start to appear as well. In this case, you have to give special attention to lifting the central parts of the face.
BEST EXERCISE FROM OUR PROGRAM: Forehead lift-up.
If you’re still not sure what kind of exercise your face needs, you can always book a 1-hour consultation with me, where I will examine your facial features personally and answer all of your questions regarding your face type.