I started incorporating facial massage into my skincare routine about 2 years ago, and I don’t regret a minute of it. My skin has improved considerably in terms of texture and my saggy under-eye bags are now less prominent.
All the women I know who have done facial massages consistently have amazing skin for their age. Pressing, rolling and gliding movements across the face help to stimulate micro-circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, prevent premature wrinkles, eliminate muscular tension, and reduce puffiness as well as water retention.
Korean and Japanese women swear by facial massage, and I think it’s about time we started including this into our daily routines too! It doesn’t matter if you take 5 minutes or up to an hour for a massage – just adjust the duration to suit your schedule. Even 3 minutes of massage can make a positive difference to your complexion.
How To Start
For me, the best time to incorporate facial massage is in the evening, but I also do it in the morning sometimes when my skin is looking a little sallow and tired. I double up my cleansing routine as a massage session, and I recommend using oil or cream-based cleansers for this. The oil/cream helps to create a slippery surface for your hands and fingers to glide on, and prevents any harsh tugging or pulling of the skin. Here are some of my favourites:
Now that you’ve chosen your massage oil/balm, let’s begin! Here, Alicia Yoon, founder and CEO of Peach & Lily (a one-stop online platform for Korean makeup and skincare), demonstrates some easy facial massage exercises you can perform in the comfort of your own home (source: coveteur.com):
Massage #1: The V-Line
This massage helps to sculpt the jawline and eliminates the buildup of toxins in your lymphatic system.
1. Press the node right behind your jaw and below your ears gently using gentle circular motions.
2. Make a claw with the knuckles of your index and middle finger and glide it along your jawline, applying firm pressure throughout.
3. Brush your fingers lightly down your decolletage to drain any excess lymph fluid.
4. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch along your jawline. Then sweep your fingers down along your collarbone.
Massage #2: Pressure-Points
Pressure-points massage relieves tension and boosts circulation. To determine the correct amount of pressure, keep your hands still and allow your head to drop into your hands.
1. Press the area between your eyebrows with your thumb knuckles.
2. Press into your temples with your index and middle fingers.
3. Press both sides of your nose firmly.
4. Press hard under the cheek bones with your knuckles, almost to the point where it hurts. But don’t worry, it’s a good kind of pain.
Massage #3: Lifting & Draining
This exercise helps to relieve muscular tension and reduce water retention. Use upward sweeping motions to lift the face and gentle downward sliding motions on your decolletage to drain excess fluid.
1. Glide your knuckles across your forehead and lift it up with your fingertips. Drain the fluid by brushing your fingers down your neck.
2. Press the pressure points on the sides of your nose and sweep it upwards along your cheekbones. Then glide your hands across your chest to complete the drainage.
And there you have it – simple but effective facial exercises you can try out at home. Once you’re done with your massage, cleanse your face as you normally would and apply your favourite skincare products. When your skin is well-circulated, it will absorb your products more efficiently.
Image Credit: Shutterstock; Coveteur