To further relax, many turn to a variety of cosmetic and spa treatments, such as hot stone massage or medical full body massage. We cannot forget those especially relaxing facial massages after which we feel fresh and revitalized. You may not have known this, but you can also do an effective facial massage on your own, at home. Facial massage can stimulate blood flow and relieve pressure in the jaw and temples. In addition, it has a number of other benefits such as solving the problem of puffiness around the eyes and shaping the cheekbones and contributing to the appearance of firmer and healthier facial skin.
It is important to know that a good DIY facial massage is more than the pressure of your fingers on the skin. Experts recommend a three-step treatment for the most effective facial massage at home. Shape your skin and remove all stress according to the instructions below.
START WARMING UP
As in a yoga class, a purposeful facial massage begins with a little warm-up. Before you start, first clean your face and wash your hands and apply an oil-based serum. This will allow your fingers to slide on the skin without awkward stumbling or pulling. It is important to note that the oil, if it is dry oil, will be absorbed into the skin too quickly, so try to avoid the use of dry oils.
For just warming up, you need to literally warm the skin with your hands. Start warming up with your fingertips. Move up and out. Then gently pinch the skin with your thumb and forefinger. Move in the direction from the chin upwards, to wake up and activate the muscles. You will begin to feel your skin warm up. This is good because it means you have stimulated blood flow.
LOCATE YOUR TENSION
Although tension in your shoulders or lower back can be very easily spotted, tension in your facial muscles is harder to detect. To find the knots, experts recommend that you start applying pressure to the jaw. We all tend to keep tension in our jaws, especially at a time when we are experiencing a large amount of stress. With your index and middle fingers, like two claws, move from the chin up along the jaw. Apply medium pressure. If you feel knots in the road, stop at them and apply stronger pressure at that point to release the jaw from tension. This procedure also helps to lift the facial muscles.
THE NEXT STEPS ARE MASSAGE AND DRAINAGE
To properly perform a facial massage treatment, the next two steps that include this method are massage and drainage. You can perform it with your own fingers or a tool like a hand massager.
If you use your fingers, you will need to move with medium-strong movements across your face from the center outward. To massage the cheekbones, place both forefingers on the tip of the nose and the thumbs under the chin. Then, applying medium pressure, move towards the ears.
For lymphatic drainage of thin and sensitive skin under the eyes that is prone to puffiness, experts recommend a two-handed approach for each eye. Place one index finger in the inner corner of the eye to provide the skin with the necessary support. Then use your other index finger very lightly on the skin under the eye, from the inner corner towards the hairline, down to the ear. This will encourage drainage and the release of accumulated fluid.
After this treatment, your skin will look refreshed and will have a natural glow due to increased blood flow and circulation. Of course, consistency is key when it comes to maximizing the effect of a home facial massage. The more you understand the muscles of your face and when you locate where tension builds up and in which areas you need to work harder, the more effective your massage will be. Take the time to ensure that your method is correct, after which even five minutes of massage a day will change your tone and contribute to the tightening of your facial skin.