Massaging your face is an essential practice for healthy skin and can also be really relaxing!
While being an effective way to counter wrinkles, massaging is a slow process and its results are obvious only if it’s practiced regularly for an extended period of time.
That said, there is no doubt that massage is highly beneficial for tightening facial tissues, increasing blood flow, stimulating nerves and boosting collagen production.
Benefits of Facial Massage:
- Improves the appearance of the skin
- Refreshes skin
- Gives physiological and psychological benefits
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
- Hydrates the skin resulting in a fabulous glow
- Increases lymphatic flow
- Eases muscle tension
- Helps to improve overall well-being
Massage is most effective if your skin is thoroughly cleansed first. Do not forget to remove all traces of make-up, otherwise particles of dirt will block the pores. If your skin is oily, then remove oiliness by applying cleansing milk or some astringent lotion. Fresh lemon juice is also very effective in removing excess oiliness. Interested in a good natural facial cleanser, try Honey+Rose Lavender Face Wash.
If your skin is dry, use a good moisturizer before massaging it. Finally, apply Vitamin E cream using only enough to give sufficient greasiness to the skin so that your hands and fingers move smoothly on your face.
After having cleansed the skin, press it with light but firm fingers, putting a little pressure while applying a good moisturizer. Make sure to hold the skin firmly and apply even pressure. The massage should start from the neck upwards and end at the forehead or temples because all veins and tissues get an increased blood supply by this process. Balanced skincare offers a nutrient rich, lightweight moisturizer Calendula + Carrot Seed Moisturizer.
The skin around the eyes is delicate, so it is advisable to apply cream on this part without pressing it in too deeply. Cream takes 15 to 20 minutes to get absorbed by the skin, so massage should continue that long. Wipe off extra cream with a cotton swab soaked in water (preferably rose water). The best time to massage the face is before going to bed. Try Rose+Lavender Toner.
Types of Facial Massages
Slow Massage: This is the most common method of massage. The secret is to massage slowly while patting/vibrating the skin. Using the freshy part of your fingertips, press the skin lightly but firmly. The process starts at the base of your neck at a slow speed. The speed increases as your fingers move upwards. Stroking gives rest to the nerves and the vibration is useful in subduing pain that might be caused on sensitive areas
Fast Massage: The front half of both your palms are used to massage at speed, taking care to make a circular motion upwards.
Pressure Massage: Cheeks are stroked with the tips of fingers and strokes are applied from the nose to the temples on both sides.
Stroking Massage: This massage requires pressure on your skin while it is being moved over the underlying bone and muscle structures. Fingers or palms are usually best for this type of massage and hard movements are usually employed on the scalp while light movements are used on your face and neck.
Pinching Massage: Effective for a sagging chin or wrinkles on the jawline, your skin is held, as in pinchers, between the thumb and fingers and gently massaged.
Friction Massage: This exercise develops facial muscles and makes them firm. It should be done on your entire face, especially the cheek area, with your fingers, and the movements must be supple yet brisk.
Piano Playing Movements: This exercise develops facial muscles and makes them firm. It should be done around eyes and then cheek area, with your fingers, and the movements must be supple yet brisk. Using your fingertips, create rapid zigzag movements across your forehead to help relax muscles.
Now you’re armed with information on how to give yourself a facial massage that will not only relax your facial muscles, but also increase blood flow, collagen production, lymphatic drainage and better product absorption.
It’s time to get your facial massage on!