You’re good at this!” my perky instructor says, a first-time compliment for me in any fitness class.
It seems my athletic forte lies in imitating emoji faces.
This is FaceLove Fitness, and for the past minute I’ve tensed, stretched and contorted my face. Currently a pop-up shop in the Financial District, the program was started last year by skin specialists Rachel Lang and Heidi Frederick.
The goal: work out the face muscles in 15- and 30-minute sessions to re-energize and tone the skin and prevent sagging. Unlike using expression muscles — which can cause wrinkles — Lang says her sessions work thicker muscles on the face, stimulating collagen production rather than lines.
They count actresses Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon and Glenn Close as fans.
I’ve signed up for its one-on-one, $50, 30-minute FaceLove session.
Lying back in a chair, Lang starts with a face, neck and shoulder massage to get my “skin juices flowing.”
Then, she rolls a small, grippy tool across my face as a “stretch” to warm up the muscles.
The actual “workout” comes 15 minutes in, when Lang puts pressure on my face as I do “sets” of furrowing my brows, squinting and puckering. Then I pulse a Pilates ring under my chin, to prevent dreaded turkey neck.