Women (and men) all around the world are on the eternal hunt for that one miracle product that will keep them looking young and beautiful through all their days. Unfortunately, I am not here to tell you that I have found it (sign), but I am here to explain the benefits of a topical facial massage that can not only keep your skin looking youthful longer but also provide many other benefits.
If you have ever received a facial you may have noticed they facialist took extra time to massage your skin during the process. Facial massaging is a popular beauty treatment that is said to slow down signs of aging as well as relieve stress and many other health concerns.
I am a huge advocate for facial massaging because of the huge array of benefits it provides.
Benefits Of Facial Massaging:
When you are tense the muscles in your face can tense up which makes you more likely to harbor wrinkles. Taking the time to relax your facial muscles can ease that wrinkle-causing tension.
Massaging can help relieve allergy symptoms such as sinus congestion by mobilizing secretions causing the mucus build up.
Stimulating the face muscles regularly helps to bring oxygen to that area which is a natural form of anti-aging. The more blood flow to the skin increases collagen production which is essential for that healthy natural glow.
When you massage the face you are stimulating the lymphatic vessels and eliminating toxin from the facial area. Thy lymphatic system carries a clear fluid that removes toxins from the body by filtering through the lymph nodes and moving into the bloodstream where they are eliminated. Muscle movement pushes the lymph fluid through the body more effectively.
Better Absorb Products
Taking the time to massaging and to tap products into your sin allows them to better absorb and helps you to quickly reap their benefits.
There are many different types of facial massaging, jade rolling being one of my favorite (I wrote a full article on it here). I also practice a few other types of facial massaging techniques I have laid out for you below.
Types Of Facial Massage
With Your Fingers
When you massage your face you need to make sure you are not doing so on dry untreated skin. This will cause friction and pulling of the skin that will most certainly lead to the formation of wrinkles.
When using your hands to perform a facial massage you need to first apply an oil or face balm that turns into an oil to the skin. This will create a slick surface that will allow your fingers to glide gently over your skin with minimal tugging an pulling.
One of my favorite ways to massage my face is during the first step of my skincare routine, the oil cleanse. Contrary to what I normally suggest, you can start with a dirty makeup filled face.
Pour the oil into the palm of your hand and massage them together to warm up the product. Gently apply to the face to start removing makeup. You want to be massaging the skin in an upward motion to lift the skin. Below I have created a diagram to show you how I massage my face with my hands.
Facial cupping is another way to massage your face but is more focused on increasing the circulation in your skin. Cupping has been showing up everywhere lately as celebrities and Instagram influences post pictures with big circular bruises on their backs promoting the new trend. While you wouldn’t want to leave those dark bruises all over your face, you can use a similar technique to achieve more plump radiant skin.
A facial cup is a small rubber, thimble-like devise that you drag up your face and neck. I like to use a thick face balm when facial cupping to ensure I am not causing any friction or pulling at my skin. Start at the center of the face and squeeze the cut to create a suction. Gently drag the cup upwrade and squeeze at the top to release the suction. Your face should turn a little red as this porcess is bring blood to the surface of the skin. Follow the digaram below to complete the technique on the whole face.
Facial Gua Sha
Facial Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that involves scraping the skin with a massage tool to improve circulation and overall complexion. It began as a rough body treatment with the intention to improve blood circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system and release muscle tension. Over time a more gentle version was created to be used on the facial skin.
Similar to jade rolling Gua Sha uses a tool made of crystal such as jade or rose quartz to de-puff the face. As you gently scrape the skin, circulation is improved which brings oxygenated blood to the dermal layers. This rush of blood brings nutrients that make cell regeneration and tissue repair more effective. The process released toxins resulting in more clear complexion.
As with most forms of facial massage, Gua Sha should be done in an upward motion. There are many different shapes of tools so pick one you feel comfortable with.
The image about shows the direction in which you should scrap the skin. It does not matter where you start, only that you are using a genital hand and moving upward. First, apply an oil or face balm to create a slick surface for the tool to glide across. Use the side of the tool to make each scraping motion in the direction of the arrows shown on the image.
Give these methods a try for a simple way to reduce signs of aging and pamper your beautiful self.