It's the do-it-yourself treat that can give you a sense of wellness and calm - and may even prevent wrinkles
We love massages
Many people love whole body massages - and no wonder! They bring about a host of benefits:
- Improved mood
- Increased relaxation
- Decreased pain
- Elevated sense of wellness and calm
- Relaxed muscles
- Moisturised and glowing skin
- Reduction of insomnia
But not all of us have the time or money to spend on what would be a dream - a weekly or even twice weekly massage. However, with face massages, you can indulge in a little massage pleasure at home and as often as you want!
A facial massage can help in the improvement of facial tone and relax the muscles in the face. It can bring about relief from headaches, stress, and anxiety. Reduction of stress can ease those frown lines and reduce the chance of wrinkles, while the gentle patting and gliding motions can help you skin drink in more of your beauty lotions and creams.
Love your face
Not till your fingers find the pressure points in your face will you realise how much tension and stress resides in your face and scalp.
A face massage, always soothing when experienced at the beautician, need not be a treat just for special days. You can have a spa at home with these simple tips. The face bruises and swells easily, so use gentle movements and do not tug or pull at your skin. Keeping movements gentle will reduce the risk of causing wrinkles. All massage strokes should be done in an upward motion - gently towards the forehead or nose to his 'lift' the facial muscles. Avoid doing a face massage if you have an open cut or sore, rash, acne or any skin inflammation. Remove your contact lenses before you begin.
- Cleanse your face
Using a gentle foaming wash, gently lather some in your hands with a little water and pat the foam onto your cheeks, forehead and chin. Use patting motions with your fingers to cleanse your nose. Wash off with cool water, taking care not to rub the skin. This tones the skin and prevents oiliness.
About twice a week, opt to add on an exfoliating regime after cleansing. Use gentle circular motions when exfoliating, taking care to avoid the delicate skin around the eyes and lips. This helps to increase the blood flow to the skin and slough off dead skin cells.
- Tone your skin
Tone your face using your regular toner. This removes all traces of dirt or grime and prepares the skin so it is ready to 'drink' up the benefits of the treatments to come.
Once your skin is cleansed and ready for some pampering, set the mood! Dim the lights, play some of your favourite soothing music and lay out some of your favourite skin moisturisers/serums. You may want to be seated or lying down. Throughout the massage, keep your breathing deep and even. Envision something positive while you conduct your face massage.
- Apply lotion to your clean hands, spread all over your fingers and hands to warm it up
- Use the back of your index, middle and ring fingers, apply very gentle, gliding movements (called effleurage) from your chin to your temples, pressing gently at the temples
- Repeat several times
- Rotate your thumb at your temples with a firmer pressure, feeling for the points of tension
- Press your thumb and forefinger along the outside edges of your face, travel from your temples to the centre of your forehead
- Begin at your chin and continue to press along the outer edged of your face, along the jawline till you reach your temples again
- Gently begin to press your cheekbones, around your eye sockets (be extra gentle), and up your nasal ridge
- Add more lotion if you need to and coat your hands
- Apply your palms to your face and press gently but firmly, cupping your cheeks in your palms and pushing your face gently inwards and outwards. Do this lightly several times.
- Using the back of both hands, quickly but gently sweep once cheek in an upwards motion to 'lift' the cheeks towards the cheekbones. This reduces water retention and puffiness. Repeat with the other cheek.
- Repeat this motion with your neck, and don't forget your décolletage
- Press the heels of your palms gently into your eye sockets with light pressure for 5 seconds. Do the same for the temples beside your eyes.
- Tap your fingers lightly across the forehead from the center towards the temples and back again.
- Let your hands travel to your scalp and press along the topmost ridge of the skull, feeling for the tension. You can use a bit more force here.
- End your massage with a light sweep of your fingers over your face, jaw and neck.