The answer to a youthful, radiant complexion may literally be at your fingertips. A facial massage can really get things moving and not to mention, add a much coveted glow. But if a spa visit isn’t in the cards, you can still reap the benefits of getting a facial massage by doing it yourself at home.
What are the Benefits of a Facial Massage?
A massage is without a doubt the ultimate way to wind down and relax after a hectic week, but the treatment can also help improve a number of common skin care concerns, including aging. According to Dr. Jegasothy, “The main benefit of facial massages is that it stimulates superficial blood vessels to flow more efficiently and nourish the skin cells better. Other benefits include helping to prevent skin sagging and with lymphatic drainage.”
The Proper Technique
Just as you’re light-handed when applying product to delicate areas, so should you be gentle when massaging your face. The best method is to massage in large circular strokes, always in an upward fashion, and to always use the pads of your fingertips. Hopefully this will, over time, help defeat the loss of gravity, even if it’s just a little bit. It is important not to use your fingernails. Doing so can break the skin and lead to hyperpigmentation, or even worse, permanent scarring. To prevent sagging skin, massaging should never be done in downward strokes.
How Often Should You Do It?
Massaging multiple times a week, or even daily won’t necessarily increase effectiveness or chances of seeing visible results. While a daily facial massage feels great, most dermatologists and skincare specialists believe that a monthly facial massage should, in the long term,stimulate skin cells to grow and regenerate at an optimal rate. To put it plainly: When it comes to massages, it is possible to overdo it.
What Facial Areas to Target
Tired eyes? Sensitive skin? There’s a proper way to massage that. If you wake up with puffy eyes despite clocking in enough shut eye. Dabbing a bit of your favorite eye cream onto the pads of your fingers and massaging your upper and lower eyelids in small, upward, circular strokes to calm the area. If have sensitive skin, your complexion requires an even lighter touch and if you’re acne prone, she suggests avoiding extracted pores to avoid further inflammation and irritation.
Don’t Forget the Right Products
Incorporating an effective anti-aging skin care product can further enhance a facial massage. To make the most out of the experience, choose a product that has enough slip so it can easily absorb into your skin as you rub your face.