Our face experiences a lot throughout the day. From differing movements and facial expressions (we all frown from time to time!) to pollution, oil and makeup build-up, our skin’s elasticity and health are regularly tested. We work out our bodies, so why not our faces? A little TLC can make all the difference; try an at-home facial massage that works both the muscles in the face as well as treating the outer layer. Read on to discover our top tips, tricks and tool recommendations for a perfect at-home face massage…
Why Use Massage?
As well as treating the skin and working the muscles, facial massage is crucial in aiding our lymphatic system, according to Georgie Cleeve, Founder of Oskia. “The lymphatic system removes waste products such as toxins from the body; it runs alongside your circulatory system,” she explains. “It can sometimes become sluggish, causing those toxins to stay in the body longer than they should. You can use massage and pressure point movements at home to increase your lymphatic circulation, reducing dark circles and increasing the blood circulation, bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the area.” We recommend using facial massage twice weekly to see its full effects, which include brighter skin, more contoured facial muscles and better circulation.
The Prep Step
Begin by preparing your face for massage, ensuring skin is completely clean and free of makeup. We like to use the De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm (containing soothing calendula, camellia and moringa oils), which thoroughly cleanses the face while relaxing the senses. Now it’s time to pick an ultra-nourishing oil or moisturiser to use to assist in your massage.
Oils often work better as they take longer to absorb into the skin and offer good slip for performing massage movements; try the extensive ranges from Darphin or Votary, which will offer you a sensory choice depending on how you feel. If you want to stimulate and energise skin, opt for invigorating ingredients like Tangerine (Darphin Tangerine Aromatic Care), while the Jasmine and Calendula in Votary’s oil work beautifully for relaxation.
When it comes to enhancing your massage, certain tools can assist. Sarah Chapman’s Facialift helps to tone the contours of the face and is especially effective in improving circulation. Darphin’s L’Institut Facial Sonic Cleansing and Massaging Expert is a brilliant 2-in-1 that comes with two attachments to cleanse and to massage, while the Foreo Iris Illuminating Eye Massager is great for the delicate eye area.
“The pressure points around the eyes relate to detoxifying and cleansing organs within the body such as the gall bladder, bladder, liver, and stomach”, explains Georgie. Below she shares her top tips for massaging the upper face here (refer to the illustration below):
- Place your ring finger on the first pressure point
- Move to arch of the eyebrow, apply pressure to the second point
- From here move in between the eye brows to the 3rd point
- With very light pressure, circle the eye area 3 times from inner to outer eyebrow, underneath the eye and up the bridge of the nose, with your fingers meeting again in between the eyebrows . Do not drag the skin
- On the last circle, apply pressure at point 4, pushing upwards towards the ceiling.
- For point 5, apply the pressure inwards, towards to nose.
- Applying a little more pressure, lift and slide towards the temples, lifting the eyebrow, gently circle under the eyes three times.
- On the last circle of the eye socket, stop at the outer corner of the eye and apply pressure to pressure point 7
- Now, using your index and middle finger, use static circular movements to the temples three times
- Swap back to your ring finger applying pressure point movements to point 8.
For your lower face, simply apply your oil and use your fingertips in brisk upward motions from the bottom of your face up to the cheekbones. This will help to contour the face and wake up muscles.