maria-face-yoga-before-afterWhen I was young, fifty seemed like a million years old and like itmaria-calanchini-face-yoga-method-fumiko would never happen to me.  Fifty just happened and I am happy to report that I don’t feel a million years old but rather calmer, happier and healthier than when I was forty.  I was never really unhealthy but as I have grown older I have learned to put a premium value on both physical and mental health and make it a priority in my life.

People often ask me about my skin and they want to know what I do to keep it so young looking.  I’ve been asked several times whether or not I use botox or fillers and my honest answer is I never have.  Of course I practice Face Yoga and have for the past eight years since I met Fumiko but there are other things I do to keep my skin and health at their best and they are all natural.  I am going to share some of my favorite “pro-aging” tips with you.  They are all simple, natural and fairly easy to integrate into your life. 


sodastreamLet’s start with a well known but little practiced tip to promote glowing skin.  Drink loads of water every day.  It sounds so obvious but most people don’t make this a regular practice.  I easily drink 2 liters or 68 ounces of water a day.  Many people don’t like drinking water but I do and I have developed a little system that makes it easy and enjoyable.

I have a ball mason jar with a straw in it and I fill it up about 4-5 times a day with sparkling water that ball-mason-jarI carbonate at home using the sodastream.  You can use flat water too.  Throw a slice of lemon in the jar if you like.

I drink one full jar first thing in the morning to rehydrate myself after sleeping all night. This wakes you up almost instantly.

Sip that straw throughout the day. I find when I drink through a straw, that I drink much more, especially while driving or any other moving activities.

Drink herbal tea at night.  It counts as water if it’s herbal.

Since we started Face Yoga Method in 2012 I have been able to test many products all in the name of beauty.  At first it is fun and then it becomes tedious because you don’t want to have weed through all the bad to get the hidden gems. These products are used by both Fumiko and myself on a regular basis and they are winners through and through.

41iYTVaDPZLThe save my face pillow – This pillow has changed the way I sleep.  I LOVE it.  I put itsilc-slin on a flat thermarest pillow and the height is perfect with no neck wrinkling.  It keeps my head and neck in place all night long with no face wrinkling.  Amazing for traveling.

The SilkSkin décolleté pad – Ever wake up with a wrinkly chest area that looks like it was sun baked overnight?  This pad will change everything and you won’t feel a thing.  Just stick it on, day or night, and wear for at least four hours.  I wear it all night long.  Use this one, I have tried many and this is the only one with staying power.

These two are both such simple and inexpensive products and they will last for a long time. As long as these two will last your Face Yoga Method practice will last you a lifetime



I am going to give you my most favorite pro-aging tip ever.  This one practice has completely transformed my life in a multitude of ways including:  less anxiety, better sleep, calmer demeanor, better physical health, clearer thought, stress free (i.e. wrinkle free skin).  It is meditation.

Last year at 49, it occurred to me how quickly my life was going by and how much I wanted to be present for more of it so once again I turned to meditation only this time I did something different.  I got training and really learned the mechanics behind meditation.  I read books and I studied with an expert.  It made all the difference in the world. 

Now I meditate for an hour every day, it flies by and it is my favorite part of the day.  I have not missed one day so far this year.  This is the most profound habit that I have created and I am so grateful.  If you had told me a year ago that I would meditate for an hour every day I wouldn’t have believed you. Not only has it taught me so much, as listed above, but it taught me how important it was to learn from an expert and to learn properly.

My favorite meditation teacher ever is Dr. Joe!


I want to tell you about the collagen stimulating derma roller, the first product to be proudly added dermaroller-sale-zest-face-yoga-method-discountto the Face Yoga Method physical product line.  The derma roller is a home device that gently causes just enough trauma to the face in order for it to produce collagen, and it works.  The trick with the derma roller is you have to have the right length needles.  Not too long (they hurt) and not too short (they are ineffective).  This derma roller with changeable heads is our perfect combo with just the right length needles for both face and chest.



Use my birthday celebration code “ZEST” at checkout and receive an extra 10% off your derma roller purchase.

Every little facial movement you make adds up and has an overall effect on your face, good or bad.  Why not be aware of those movements and learn to change them so the end result is a happy, shiny face you want to show the world?  No matter where you are, start now, learn now.  One thing I know for sure, you won’t regret you did five years from now.