DIY Facial Massage - the Science & Benefits

Facial massage is a great anti-ageing and glow-boosting treatment that you can do yourself at home, as well as professionally in a salon. It's easy, doesn't take long and is relaxing too. If you think about it - you exercise the rest of your body's muscles, so why not your face?

I like to perform facial massage techniques when I'm doing my morning and evening skincare routines, and it just takes a few extra minutes out of my day. Facial massage stimulates your circulation; increasing blood flow and bringing oxygen to your skin. It also reduces puffiness, flushes out toxins and has amazing anti-ageing benefits - minimising lines and firming the skin. Beauty gurus such as Emma Hardie, Lisa Eldridge and Charlotte Tilbury advocate facial massage as part of your daily skincare routine. Facialist Sally Chamness from Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage says that

"Facial massage has been adapted from techniques used in Japanese and Ayurvedic practices. Using flowing massage techniques, targeting specific problem areas on and around the face we can improve circulation to the face, improve complexion, reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles and release restrictions in the collagen and elastin of the skin. Facial massage can also improve sinus conditions, and reduce stress and ease discomfort from tension in the jaw which can cause teeth grinding and tension headaches".
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I always massage, with my fingers, in an upwards and circular upwards motion to lift the skin and I like to tap all my skincare products into my skin to help them penetrate and increase circulation. Don't forget your neck and decolletage too. I also spend some time on my temples, for relaxation - massaging in an upwards, circular motion. Another tip, for lifted cheekbones, is to knead upwards under the bone. I do facial massage throughout all the steps of my skincare routine - cleanser, serum, eye cream, oil and moisturiser.

It's also really beneficial to get regular in-clinic facials that incorporate facial massage, if you can afford them. Everyone will experience different benefits and results. Sally explains that these are "going to be dependent on a number of factors - age and elasticity of the skin, general systemic function, general circulation and lymphatic function, lifestyle, hydration, medication, sleep, exposure to UV light and weather".

To get started in your facial massage journey, become more mindful tonight when you are performing your skincare routine and think about using upwards lifting movements, as well as circulation-stimuating and product-penetrating tapping. Lisa Eldridge has a great facial massage video, watch below if you want to follow along to learn some of the movements.

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