As well as staying young, it’s important to stay looking healthy, so a facial massage should be an essential part of your beauty routine.
Why is facial massaging so effective in keeping your healthy glow?
Just as you massage aching joints after a long run to help repair your muscles, massaging your face encourages skin cells to rejuvenate. Massage stimulates blood flow, which is vital for keeping your skin lively and fresh.
Release the tensions in your forehead and around your mouth by massaging out those tiny knots. This will also relax your skin, helping lines and shallow wrinkles almost disappear.
Give your skin a drink
When massaging your face masseurs often use a baby oil base which is kind to your skin. At home you can use a natural oil such as cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or even just sunflower oil to nourish and hydrate your skin.
DIY facial massage
If only we all had the budget for a bi-weekly facial massage (or even a full body one!). Facial massage is something that can very easily be done from the comfort of your own home.
First thing’s first: wash your hands. Your hands harbour bacteria, which you don’t want near your face.
Use gentle oil for your skin, and as I have mentioned you can find this in your kitchen. You may be put off by the smell of these basic oils and you can use essential oils to jazz it up a bit, but be careful not to use floral or citrus oils if you have sensitive skin.
Take a little oil in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together, warming the oil and covering your hands. Then start massaging:
1. Begin at the centre of your face on either side of the bridge of your nose, and move outwards and upwards using smooth curved movements, using either your fingers or your knuckles.
2. Return to your chin and with long strokes move upwards along the line of your jaw toward your cheek bones
3. With the flat of your palm or the heel of your palm use short upwards strokes from the centre of your forehead. Gradually move outwards along your eyebrows, continuing with the lifting movement.
There is a lot of discussion around what kind of movements you should make, between vertical, curved or circular strokes. Essentially you, just work with whatever makes you feel good.
You can focus on different parts of your face and potential ‘problem areas’ if you need to. Primarily ensure that most of your massage is moving up your face, rather than further encouraging the disparaging effects of gravity by dragging your face down and encouraging wrinkles.
You can sleep with leftover oil on your face over night for an intensive moisture boost, or simply wash off with warm water before patting your face dry.
Most importantly- enjoy it and relax!
Dr Naila Usmani
MBChB, BSc(Pharm), MRCP
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