That’s 43 muscles which are constantly at work as you talk, grimace, smile, kiss, eat…and even sleep. Pretty much everything you do requires the use of the muscles in your face. Yet, how often do we take the time to care for those muscles outside of the average massage when washing or moisturising? What’s more, knowing how to give yourself a facial massage offers more benefits than relaxing the overworked muscles in your face.
Face Massage Benefits
Daily facial massages can work wonders for the skin. By simply massaging your face for a few minutes every day, you can bring extra oxygen to the skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and of course aid lymphatic drainage – the benefits of which are well documented.
There are many products that can improve the collagen and elasticity to the skin, but the effectiveness of these products can be hugely increased if used in conjunction with good application AND massage technique. If you only use natural oils and ingredients on your skin, you can use massage to apply and distribute these oils more effectively. The process of massage will increase the depth of which you push these products into your skin.
There are many techniques when it comes to facial massage, each technique purporting to offer different benefits – from face lifting to stress release. Many opt to have their faces massaged at a spa or clinic by professionals, but you can massage your face effectively at home with little to no cost. This all depends on whether you choose to use products and tools or not. The truth is, the real difference between a home or a spa facial massage is knowledge and technique – if you can learn both you can do just as good a job yourself at home. In fact, learning how to massage your face properly will save you both time and money.
How to Give Yourself a Face Massage
When giving yourself a face massage at home, you can choose to make the most of this process by giving yourself extra time. Including calming music and using candles and or diffusers to set the right environment will enhance the experience. Of course, if you are short on both time and funds you can simply add this process to your daily beauty routine. Either way, you will soon reap the rewards of doing regular facial massages – the more frequently you do them (we would recommend no more than twice a day), the better the results.A step by step how to:
- Clean your hands thoroughly to avoid massaging toxins and bacteria back into your skin.
- Cleanse your skin using a gentle soap or just water with a cotton pad.
- You can use a little product, but this process can also be done without any products at all. We recommend using an all-natural oil, a cream, a serum, or a product you know will NOT react with your skin.
- Gently massage the areas around your jaw line, under your ears and the sides of your neck – this will increase lymphatic drainage – use an upward motion keeping hands and fingers firm but with some flexibility to avoid too much pressure.
- Now work your hands gently across your forehead and between your eyebrows, keep a rhythmic motion and always working upwards.
- Use more products to massage your skin and decolletage, again in an upwards motion. Take your time and avoid any sore or damaged skin.
- Take a few minutes to breathe and regain composure. You may feel a tingly or warm feeling in the areas you have massaged.
Drink a glass of water.
This process should not feel painful. If you feel pain whilst massaging your face and neck, apply less pressure. This technique will increase circulation and improve the suppleness of your skin – it will also be effective as a facial muscle massage and skincare massage for longer term results.
Tools for Effective at-home Facial Massage
There are several face massage techniques, but there are even more face massage tools to choose from! Learning how to use face massager tools is often straightforward, especially as most retailers will provide instructions on the packaging. That said, getting the best out of your facial massage tools can take some practise. Here are a few tools with tips on how to use them:
Facial rollers can work very well as a massager for face and neck areas. Often crafted out of green jade or rose quartz, these popular tools can form part of a great starter kit for those who are new to facial massage. The roller should be small enough to get into the crevices of your face and smooth enough to not cause friction or irritation. Try leaving your roller in the fridge for use in the morning or evening – the coolness should both refresh the skin and provide a solution to puffy eyes and face. Rollers can be used with or without product.
Gua Sha Scraping Massage Tools
Gua sha is part of traditional Chinese medicine. A tool is used to scrape the skin to rid the body of unhealthy matter and increase new oxygenated blood flow to the areas. This technique – slightly altered from the original – has now become very popular for facial massage in the West. Again, the scraping massage tools are often produced in Jade or rose quartz. Used WITH product – either a cream or oil will work well – the surface of the tool is used to gently scrape across the skin. The surface is very smooth to avoid damage to the skin. Instead, this tool will gently increase the flow of oxygen and circulation whilst helping to moisturise the skin on your face when used in conjunction with your favourite products. As a self face massage tool this is a good option for improving the skin and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
Vibrating Sculpting Bars
There are a few of these currently on the market, some of the most popular can sell out very quickly indeed. The best can be very effective as they deliver a strong vibration through the small bar that is placed on the skin of your face. This vibration helps to massage product into the skin and increase lymphatic drainage. The results can be seen pretty much straight away providing a more contoured, sculpted look to the jaw and face.
Facial Ball Rollers
Facial ball rollers often come with two small metal balls that are used to roll over the skin of the face. Some are powered with electrical microcurrents, others are simply left in the fridge and then used on the skin to distribute product more effectively, decrease puffiness and soothe and relax facial muscles. Prices can vary, but most facial rollers do exactly the same thing and can be quite effective.
Hands and fingers
The most cost-effective tools are actually found at the ends of your arms! Using just your hands and fingers for facial massage can be very effective if done correctly and consistently. If you are on a budget, this is the very best option for you. If you can, ask your fiends and family to do this for you too. Offering a facial massage to a family member in return for one themselves, is a great way to save money and also bring closeness. Not only will you learn a great technique, you will also encourage others to learn too.
Facial Massage Trends to Avoid
A quick Google will bring up several results and suggestions when it comes to at-homes facial massage techniques and procedures. Unfortunately, some of this advice will come from those who are not qualified to give advice on correct facial massage techniques. This can become a problem if those techniques are either extreme or very expensive. Here are a few things to look out for to avoid damage to the skin and muscles or huge and unnecessary expenditure.
- Stay away from at-home facial massage techniques that are painful. This should go without saying, but any procedure that is painful in the short or the long term should be avoided without first seeking advice from a qualified specialist.
- Don’t invest in expensive equipment without research. You can effectively massage your face at home with zero tools and products – just the use of your hands and good technique. Think before you invest – some purchase will be very beneficial; others will simply leave you out of pocket. Research is key.
- Be careful of ‘quick fix’ solutions when it comes to using facial massage techniques – especially when trying to reduce the signs of aging. Quick fix can often equal extreme or invasive, which is not a good option for DIY at home procedures. Any type of massage technique, tool or product that requires very deep or invasive work should be researched thoroughly and in the most extreme circumstances, be checked with a specialist first.