Every woman wants to have flawless skin. The type of skin that makes other women jealous and makes your significant other wants to stroke. That peachy, velvety, radiant skin that makes everyone go “Woooow!”. Well, it’s not too far away. Introducing: FACIAL MASSAGE!
I’m sure that most of us have experienced a facial at some or other in our lives and we’ve been indulged in the luxury that is facial massage. I’m sure we’ve all enjoyed the relaxing and calming feeling that we’ve received thereafter and we wish that it’s something we could treat ourselves to every week. Sadly, that is not a luxury we can afford too often but guess what? Now it is!
Facial massage is not just for the upper echelons of society anymore. It’s a simple practice you could incorporate in to your daily beauty routine. Can I get an “Hooray”? Facial massage is a backstage trick that has kept the skins of models looking oh-so perfect and gorgeous model, Hilary Rhoda (yes ladies, that Hilary Rhoda. Face of Estee Lauder) swears by it. She’s said that it is the best secret she’s learned backstage. Ever. After a statement like that, who are we to disagree?
Facial massage is more than just feeling good. When used correctly, facial massage can help to improve skin issues such as acne, rosacea and dull skin complexions. It can increase facial muscle tone (which means tighter looking skin), reduce the appearance of wrinkles, allow for a brighter and more even complexion, reduce fluids in the face that leads to puffiness, increase blood flow and cell renewal/oxygenation and increase circulation (resulting in a more youthful complexion). These factors all add up to that wondrous ‘glow’.
A self facial massage does not need to be a 20 minute routine because, let’s face it, very of us have the time! Simply by using light stroking you can increase circulation which stimulates a wound healing response thereby providing that healthy glow.
There are many different mediums to try for facial massage and they all vary in consistency. You can find creams, oils, lotions and gels. Choose the medium that is best suited to your skin type and needs e.g. for a dry skin try creams and oils. For and acne prone skin, a gel may be best for you. The massage medium of our choice needs to provide your skin with adequate slip as well as essential ingredients to help improve you skins health.
Acne and rosacea sufferers need to remember to use a very light touch so as to not over stimulate the skin which can cause it to become more inflamed. Your skin’s already angry, don’t upset it further. Some further benefits include softening of the skin (which decreases wrinkles), removal of dead skin cells and, as mentioned, increase in circulation which leads to a brightening of the skin. This is especially good news for older ladies as, with age, skin loses its circulation ability thus leading to a dull complexion.
So now that you’re salivating at the promise of facial massage and shouting “How do I do this?” it’s pretty simple really. Before we get to the good stuff just a few things to keep in mind:
- Remove all traces of makeup, dirt and grime from your skin. Perfect to for your night time routine (you’ll sleep like a baby!).
- Use a light, feathery touch of your fingers.
- Move your fingers in a swift, light but firm way over your skin.
- Move upward and outward towards your temples.
- Do not exceed the 20-25 minute mark. Most of us only have time for 5-10minutes, so that’s good too.
- Keep your hair out of your face by wearing a headband.
And now…drum roll please…the method! (I tried to embed this video but wordpress was having none of it *sigh*)
For a lymph drainage massage ,try Yukuko Tanaka’s Zogan Massage:
Ladies, there you have it. Give it a whirl and let me know how it went. Which one did you try?
*Please note, I have tried both these methods and found both to be satisfying.