A little information can be a dangerous thing.
Take, for instance, that bit of motherly wisdom, “Don’t make funny faces or your face will freeze in that position.”
Studying elders’ furrowed brows, crow’s-feet, and smile and frown lines, I bought into this “truth” and vowed from a very young age to go through life with a stone face, still and expressionless to stop any lines from forming.
I’d been doing the wrong thing all along!
How could I have known about the physiological changes inherent in aging? There’s not much one can do to stop the depletion of collagen, diminishing elastin and the cumulative effects of sun damage.
But it’s working the facial muscles, like working the muscles in any part of the body, that will keep them limber and possibly strong enough to counter some of the visible effects of age and gravity.
Over at the Kahala Spa at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, estheticians are offering a way to help clients turn back time with the spa’s new yoga facial.
The treatment starts with a 30-minute session in which your therapist shows you a range of yoga facial exercises to tighten and tone muscles and improve circulation toward a long-term, natural lift.
It’s not pretty to go through exercises like “Fish Face,” which has you tilting your head back, jutting your lower teeth over your upper and opening your lower jaw, or “Satchmo,” which has you filling your cheeks with air, a la Louis Armstrong, then swishing the air into alternating cheeks to ultimately ease nasolabial folds, or “marionette lines.”
You’ll leave with all the exercise instructions for daily practice at home. Following the workout, the esthetician will perform an hourlong acupressure massage facial to release any facial tension.
The 90-minute service is $280. Call 739-8938.
Deuces Hawaii launched its nonprofit Soles of Hawaii as a way to give back to the community through footwear.
Soles of Hawaii collects new and lightly used footwear, distributing the contributions to organizations that work with those in need. Deuces Hawaii owner Arlynn Orpilla said shoes should be at least 50 percent reusable, with no holes, rips, tears, odors or stains.
To make a donation, visit Deuces Hawaii at 1161 Nuuanu Ave. or call 533-6766 to arrange curbside drop-off.
Rix honors real men
Rick Ralston has opened the second location of Rix Island Wear at Kahala Mall, specializing in contemporary men’s shirts made in Hawaii of 100 percent cotton. The shirts feature bold prints in subtle colors that are easy to mix and match with jeans, or with khaki and black pants for dressier occasions.
The company recently launched its “Rix Real Man of Hawaii” contest, seeking “hard-working, regular everyday men in the community.” It’s aimed at men who try to make a difference by volunteering for a charity or otherwise helping people in need.
Individuals selected will be featured in advertisements, and Rix will donate $500 to the charity of their choice.
The current Rix Real Man is Johnny Alakai Estores, a federal firefighter at Hickam Fire Department, whose passions are surfing, basketball and volleyball. At 5 foot 5, he was deemed too short to be a firefighter, but with persistence he saw his dream fulfilled. He supports the Moanalua Garden Missionary Church and his message to Hawaii’s youth is “to stay in school and never give up.”
For more information, call 735-0749.