Do you want that post-facial glow? Facial massage should be part of every skincare routine but most of us don’t do it! Applying pressure to the skin improves circulation and brings wonderful anti-ageing oxygen to the facial tissues. You face is full of tiny muscles and nerve endings that benefit from regular stimulation.
If you regularly wake up with a puffy face you can definitely benefit from a facial massage to drain excess fluid and bring life back to your skin.
Deep facial massage is also very helpful as we get older. The connective tissues in our skin stiffen as we age which means that our expression or tension lines get “stuck” on our faces. Massage increases circulation to these connective tissues which relax them. This softens the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Please note: Facial massage should always be done gently. Facial tissues and muscles are delicate and can be “stretched” which is the last thing we want. We are trying to firm and lift, not droop!
For Dry/Mature Skin: Wheatgerm Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil
Normal Skin: Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil
Oily Skin: Peach Kernel Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Marula Oil
Evening Primrose Oil can be added as an anti-aging treatment or a drop of lavender oil to relax after a long day.
Step 1: Apply your oil
Warm one teaspoon of your massage oil between hands and apply to your face in long upward strokes.
Apply a little oil to the eye area with your ring fingers only and without tugging on the skin.
Step2: Neck sweeps
Sweep your oil upwards from your collarbones to your jawline to firm your neck. Be careful over your windpipe though.
Step 3: Smooth your jawline
With your first and middle fingers, stroke along your jawline with the index on top and the middle finger below the jaw bone. Start at your chin and work out towards your ears.
Step 4: Sweep the cheeks
Tent your fingers over your nose. Press firmly into the area on either side of your nose with the edges of your index fingers for 10 seconds.
Step5: Lift the eyes
Release a little of the pressure from Step 4 and sweep your hands out towards your ears. Stop there and apply pressure again – hold for 10 seconds.
Step 6: Lift the mouth
Press your thumbs on the corners of your mouth then sweep gently towards your ears.
Step 7: Firm the eyes
Start between your eyebrows and with your ring fingers, slide gently outwards above your eyebrows and back in towards the inner corners of your eyes just below your eyebrows.
Step 8: Drain the eye bags
Still using your ring fingers, slide outwards over closed eyelids and very gently back to the inner corners underneath each eye.
Step 9: Sweep the brow
Starting between your eyebrows, sweep your fingers up to the hairline pressing firmly in a lifting motion.
Step 10: Apply a little pressure
Cup your hands over your face and press down applying gentle pressure on the whole face.
Well, that’s me with no makeup, all my dark circles and pigmentation on display just for you!
Let me know if you try this massage and how it worked for you. Feel free to comment and tell me what you would like to see on the Perfectly Imperfect Beauty Blog.