Do you massage your face? Believe it or not, that is the least expensive anti-aging regimen you can do for yourself. You don’t need to go for a facial to enjoy the benefits of a facial massage. When I was in school for my esthetician license, we all learned massage techniques and practiced on each other and I saw a definite improvement in my skin. When I get professional facials today, I am always disappointed that only 5 or 10 minutes of your hour is used for facial massage. We used to do it for longer in skincare school and I think the power of massage is greatly underestimated!
So what are those benefits?
By massaging your face you are stimulating blood circulation which can give you a healthy glow. You are also exercising muscles to prevent your skin from sagging and improve your overall muscle tone. The process of massaging your facial muscles actually will relax them (which in turn will prevent wrinkles)! And, it just plain feels good! There are absolutely stress reducing benefits of facial massage and who needs less stress in their lives? If you are looking to maximize the benefits of skincare products in your regimen, facial massage helps to increase their absorption and effectiveness. Massage helps slough off dead skin cells, cleanses skin of impurities and softens sebum (which helps in acne prevention). Do you suffer from sinus congestion or puffiness? Guess what – facial massage can help reduce those symptoms also!
So are you ready to start incorporating this into your regimen? I am going to describe some quick massage moves you can do on your own face to keep it looking and feeling its best!
How do I massage my face correctly?
You want to hit some key areas on the face that will really benefit from massage – the forehead, around the eyes, the cheeks and the jawline. Note that when massaging, you should use your middle or ring fingers, not your index finger.
Forehead – Using upward strokes, and making small circles on the forehead is a great massage move. As a rule of thumb, you always want to stroke in an upward direction, not down, as we want to go in the direction we want our skin to stay, which is not sagging!
Eyes– You can do light taps around the entire eye area, and also small circles in the undereye area. You can also do two swift stroking motions, one above the eyebrow area and another under the eye.
Side of face – You can massage this area with upward strokes using your entire flat hand. Perform this motion on each cheek and then also on forehead. You can also perform a light tapping of fingers around cheeks (technical term is tapotement, if you want to get fancy!).
Jawline – To access this area you can use pinching around lower edges of face (technical term is petrissage). Also, use light upward strokes from base of neck up to jawline using middle fingers of hands.
If you have very sensitive skin, inflamed acne or sunburn you should not massage your face until those symptoms subside.
If you are worried about how to make time to fit this in, you can do it while washing your face, which you are going to be doing at least twice a day anyway. You can also incorporate some of the massage when rinsing off an exfoliating mask if you are using this in your routine. Trust me, the benefits of taking a few extra minutes to fit this into your routine will definitely be worth the effort. Let me know if you have any questions and happy massaging!