Natural Beauty Tip: Face massage
Face massages may seem a little tedious and hard work but they can be really quick, easy and a great way to get your blood circulating. They help to reduce puffiness and really perk up tired or dull skin by sculpting, improving elasticity and reducing wrinkles from forming. You can do them first thing in the morning or last at night, we prefer at night as you can get a little red from the movements and it’s also a very relaxing pre-bed routine.
10 steps for a 10 minute face massage
Pick an oil, we like rosehip but’s up to you and what you like and trust. You can also use a moisturisers if you wish. Warm the oil in your hands and apply a small amount to clean skin all over your face. Make sure you don’t over do it with the oil otherwise you will just be moving the oil around the face and not actually moving or massaging the muscles underneath.
Upwards and outwards, two very important words when massaging your face. When you are doing any of the below actions remember the intention is to move the muscles under the skin upwards and outwards. With this in mind use your fingers to circle over your face to get the muscles moving, mix between small circulation motion to larger circular motion all while moving the muscles not the skin.
One of the great benefits of facial massages is to help drain any toxin from your face. Start this process by warming up the glads near the back of your ear using your finger tips in a circular movement. Use opposite hands so you can extend your chin to locate the gland. You should start to feel a warm sensation which is good.
Push the tops of your fingers gently along the chin, jawline and down the side of your neck. Continue to do this for around 5-10 times. Again this should be a warming exercise but don’t over do it.
Going back to making circles on the face, start to concentrate on specific areas. Use the pads of your fingers to softly press and rotate your fingers so you’re massaging your muscles against your bone. Start with the chin, cheeks, sides of the eyes and finally forehead. Again we stress that you are not moving or pushing the skin but manipulating the muscles under the skin and always moving upwards in a lifting motion.
They eyes are an area that can really benefit from massage, draining the toxins around the eye can decrease puffiness and dull skin. The drain for the eye is located in the inner part of the eye or tear duct. Place your thumbs behind your ears and with your ring finger start just below the middle of your brow, sweeping around the eye towards the corner of the inner eye where the drain is and then back up to the top of your brow, do this ten times.
Tip: Use this technique for applying eye cream. Slide or tap the tip of your fingers lightly from the end of your brow towards your inner eye, this motion will help move toxin towards the drain of your eye.
With your thumb and pointer put pressure and squeeze gently on the start of your eyebrow to relax the optical nerve, hold this for ten seconds, then do the same to the natural arch then go back the the draining circular action you were doing before.
For frown lines on the forehead, move your fingers in a criss-cross action the opposite way to where to the lines are forming. Moving the muscles under the skin again and don’t pull on the skin itself. This will help reverse the lines and help reduce them from indenting further.
Finish off by going all over your face with the small to large circular action, drain the eye one last time and warm up the glands on your neck before finishing.
You can use a warm washer to get rid of any excess oil but if you put on a small amount it should have soaked into your skin during the ten minute massage and try to make face massages part of your daily routine to see the full benefits.