Sculpt your way to a glowing, taut complexion.
Thanks to the rise of jade rollers, Gua Sha, and many more, our awareness of facial massage — an ancient beauty technique is at an all-time modern high. Sharp-cheekboned-celebs like Karlie Kloss and Meghan Markle regularly tout the sculpting, contouring benefits of the hands-on technique, which can improve lymphatic drainage and encourage blood flow for a glowy appearance. But no matter how many mesmerizing videos you watch on Instagram, understanding the ins and outs of performing an at-home facial massage can be a little overwhelming.
Keep reading for the benefits of facial massage, how often we should be doing one at home, and why your hands may be the best tool in your beauty arsenal.
What are the beauty of at-home facial massage?
One of the most significant benefits of at-home facial massage is self-connection time. Healthy skin always starts within, and facial massage is a crucial way of achieving that. The technique we encourage is not about how much pressure you apply to your face or even for how long. Instead, it’s about recognizing how you hold your tension in your face and how that tension changes by touching it and feeling it every day. The next time you check in with yourself when you massage your face, ask yourself, “What made today great? What made today challenging? How can I make this situation better next time?” and so on. It’s essential to understand your stress levels and the facial tension that comes with it and let go of it at the end of each day.
Another benefit is that having stiff muscles in your face causes unhealthy blood flow and poor lymph circulation. When our tissues do not receive enough nutrients and oxygen, inadequate detoxification arises, which can cause breakouts, redness, dullness, puffiness, and drooping of the cheeks due to the weight of water retention. Massaging relieves the tension in our tissue and creates healthier blood flow and better lymphatic circulation to help eradicate all of this.
How can facial massages help with relieving stress, tension, and drainage?
When we are stressed, our body stays in defense mode, and this tightening up of the muscles and clenching the teeth leads to sore muscles in the face and body. They sustain the brunt of stress-related muscle issues because the face and head are where stress and anxiety are stored first. A majority of people will treat their headaches and migraines with a facial massage or sculpt massage.
When we talk about anti-aging, we have to remember that the most crucial element is healthy blood flow in the skin. Your lymphatic drainage system lies in between the tissue and muscle, and it has no pumping mechanism of its own; instead, it relies on healthy muscle and joint movements to pump. Having tense, stiff muscles due to stress in our faces, especially in the masseter, temporalis, and neck where the lymphatic system is located, in addition to jaw clenching and anxiety, can cause more water retention. And toxins and waste in the lymph will not flow smoothly, so you must stimulate your lymphatic system to detoxify.
How often should we do a facial massage? And why?
If you want healthy, resilient skin then we recommend facial massage every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. When you begin to massage your face daily, the immediate benefits of releasing the tension in your facial muscles and assisting in the lymphatic draining process are profound. However, the real change comes over time when your overall skin texture begins to improve. Elastin, like collagen, is a protein that helps the connective tissue retain its shape. Over time, we lose the amount of elastin and collagen in all of our connective tissue, but by increasing blood flow to the areas of our body experiencing this loss, we can rebuild it.
Should we use a tool or our just our hands? What’s the benefit?
You can use any tool of your choice but always finish your massage by using your hands. Our fingers have sensory memory that tells you if your face carries more stress or feels dry, etc., on any given day. Tools don’t have this capability. Get to know your face, its texture, and the areas where you hold tension, and you’ll be amazed at the results.
Facial massages help to promote healthy skin while relaxing your facial muscles. It has a relaxing and rejuvenating effect, helping you look and feel better. Whether you want to use facial massage purely for relaxation or to treat a specific condition, there are plenty of techniques to try, hopefully this post will intrigue you to give facial massages a try if you haven’t already. It’s important to treat your yourself once in a while.