I have been doing facial massage for many years. I began doing it in my facials and then continued by treating myself daily.
Facial massage is so important as it can really help to tone the skin and also allow products to penetrate better.
TYPES OF FACIAL MASSAGE?
There are probably a million and one routines that you can find online, but I personally like to 'freestyle'. I know this can be a bit daunting to begin with, but sometimes doing what works best for you and your face shape is better. I love to use my hands, fingers and palms and then do what feels best for me.
I have also in the last few years introduced a gua sha to my skincare routine. This is a very old and traditional way of massaging the face using a jade stone and has been practised for thousands of years in Asia.
WHAT ARE MY TOP TIPS?
The main things you need to know is have enough oil or product on your face so that your fingers can glide around without dragging or pulling the skin. Don't have it soaked though, I usually recommend around 8 drops of oil on your face and neck.
Ensure you have done a full cleanse of your face first and make sure your hands are clean too.
Always try and 'warm' the face first by either using a warm flannel to soften the skin and muscles or just by applying the palms of your hands to your face and pressing them down to warm the muscles.
Then use your intuition. Remember to always life UPWARDS. Do not drag the skin downwards (unless you're gently draining down on your neck). Use your fingers, knuckles, palms of your hands and even the heels of the hands to lift everything up.
Work slowly and find what feels good for your face. Is your jaw a bit achy? Then maybe spend some time massaging the areas that feel a bit tender. You can tap, circle, do pressure points and pretty much anything you like as long as it feels good for you and doesn't hurt.
Finish your facial massage by sweeping your fingers outwards from the centre of the face. Do this by starting at the forehead and drain out towards the temples, then slowly work down the face.
You can remove your face oil with a warm flannel if you like and then apply your skincare products or just leave the oils to soak in overnight.
If you would like to learn more about facial massage, I do a class called 'Relaxing Nighttime Rituals' on the last Sunday of each month. It's just £5 and we begin by doing some grounding and breathing, then move into our facial massage and finally finish with some relaxation. You can do it in your bed, camera on or off - it's up to you!
It starts at 8:30pm and is just 30 minutes. The perfect way to end your week and massage your face at the same time.
If you would like to learn more, just click here to find out when the next class is.
Thank you so much for reading,
Lots of love,