Benefits of Facial Massages to your Skin
Who wouldn’t love to have a facial massage every day? They feel amazing and give you an instant glow. But aside from just being outright luxurious, they are quite beneficial for your skin.
Massage therapy, in general, has shown to reduce stress and relieve tension. Facial massages are no different and adding them to a daily routine provides a host of beauty benefits. Yes, it is one more thing, but it’s quick enough to be added into your current regimens without too much hassle. And you usually can start to see the benefits immediately.
There are many different types of facial massages, some for lymphatic drainage, some for tightening, or for stress relief. People even tout the benefits of face yoga, which is, in fact, a bona fide thing.
Incorporating a facial massage into your regimen is not only relaxing but it has amazing benefits to your skin’s texture and appearance. Here are some of those benefits.
- Improved circulation– Massages improve circulation by manually forcing more blood flow and oxygen to the area increasing the skin cell’s health. That, in turn, makes the skin more equipped to fight off infection and bacteria while giving skin a plumper, more youthful look.
- Releases Tension: Massages also release tension. That’s one of the main reasons why people love getting massages. Massages relieve stress in the body. Facial massages can detox the facial area which releases toxins in the skin making you less vulnerable to breakouts and other hormonal imbalance.
- Natural Facelift: Between laughing, frowning, and all the micro-expressions, our face muscles do a lot in one 24 hour span. Facial massages help decrease this tension and help stabilize muscle tone. As we grow old, we lose muscle tone and collagen and daily facial massages can help increase muscle tone and strengthen and tighten the facial muscles giving it a natural facelift.
That’s not to say that you can be expecting surgical level results from the facial massage, but it does provide a gentle lift if done with consistency.
- Fights wrinkles: Facial massages help with better circulation and they also boost collagen production. Healthy collagen production is nature’s botox. It helps our skin look more plump and full. When our face looks plump and full, we look younger and we have fewer wrinkles since collagen fills up the sagging skin. Facial massages help boost collagen production leading to fewer, less noticeable wrinkles and fine lines. Who doesn’t want that?
So how do we massage our faces?
You can go to a professional salon or spa or you can also do it yourself at home.
If you’re doing it at home there are a few methods that can help maximize the benefits and the experience.
First, start with a freshly cleansed face and clean hands. Squeeze a generous amount of facial oil on to your hands and rub to warm up the product. Too dry of skin will tug when rubbed.
Facial oil at once nourishes skin and allows for a smooth and even facial massage. You can also substitute moisturizer if you don’t have facial oil. Your hands are most definitely sufficient but you can also add in a tool like a jade roller or a metal roller to do the facial.
Using moderate pressure start from your temples and massage upward several times, in small, slow circles, crossing over your forehead.
Move down to the center of your face and massage in circles from the bottom of your cheek up to the cheekbone area. Refrain from going higher and massaging in the eye area as it is very sensitive to pressure. You can gently tap from the inner portion of your eye to the outer edges or use a specific eye roller with slight pressure. Repeat several times.
Move down to the neck area. Massage in upward circles from the neck up and around the jawline. Repeat several times.
If it’s at night feel free to fall asleep with the facial oil left on, and if it’s daytime and you’re not into looking like a shiny penny, then wipe off some of the excess oil and proceed with your routine as usual!