To elevate my skin-care routine, I give myself a facial massage. It’s underrated, but it comes with a lot of benefits. It’s also easy to do.
Massaging the face relaxes its muscles. Facial muscles stretch when you smile or frown. They get a workout when you laugh, or outwardly express strong emotions. Relaxing these muscles helps prevent or minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
It is said that there are 300 pressure points on the face, all connected to the body. Hence, a facial massage can relax your entire body and help get rid of tiredness and puffiness.
Another benefit is that a facial massage will help your skin better absorb the skin-care products you apply. It stimulates blood flow, cell rejuvenation, and you also get lymphatic drainage. It likewise improves oxygen circulation, giving you a natural, glowing look.
How to do it
So, how do you do it? Start with your hands. It’s ideal to wash your hands in warm water and antibacterial soap. Make sure the soap is gentle and hydrating as you don’t want rough hands. Try something like Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Wash.
Tie back your hair with a headband to keep hair away from your face. I like the ones made of silk with a bit of a grip, so they don’t get too tight on your head.
Wash your face as you would normally do. It’s your choice to next apply a toner and moisturizer. Ideally, it’s easier to massage the face with a facial oil. Choose an oil that indicates specifically its effect.
The Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil contains antioxidants that give your skin a youthful look. It promises to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchiness. You will notice an improvement in the skin’s elasticity. This oil is naturally antimicrobial and appropriate for all skin types.
The Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil is made from olive-derived squalane and is friendly to all skin types. Use it if you want something that leaves the complexion soft and nourished.
For a truly indulgent experience, you can go for the Rodin Luxury Face Oil Geranium and Orange Blossom. This moisturizes the skin with 11 natural essential oils along with antioxidants. It nourishes dry, dull skin that you might have due to long nights. This melts into the skin and has a subtle, zesty scent that induces a spa feel.
As for the motions of the massage, a good rule is do what feels good on your face. Use motions that make you feel better. If you want to get technical about it, the power of the internet is at your fingertips. It’s crazy how there are many YouTube videos from top skin experts and beauty brands that will help you get a refreshing facial massage.