Ever wondered why your skin looks so radiant and glowy after a facial? Yes, it's just had an hour's worth of product and possibly technology bestowed upon it. But, it's also received at least 15-20 minutes of intense massage. And there's a big reason for this..
Facial massage is one of the foundational steps you learn as a skin therapist and is the main star of your facial —be it mini or luxury. This is because massage has proven anti-aging benefits. Studies have shown that when combined with a device, facial massage boosted muscle thickness and skin rejuvenation in women who used the device for only 30 seconds, twice a day for 8 weeks.
Yes, you read that correctly. T.H.I.R.T.Y seconds!
So, if you think DIY facial massage is a time-consuming chore or just another skincare fad. It's not! Just 1 minute a day can result in fewer wrinkles, better muscle tone, and an overall healthy glow.
And what's more, it's super low maintenance. All you need to do is spend a little extra time massaging in the cleanser or facial oil you already use.. with your own two hands!
Or, there's a multitude of skincare tools and devices to enhance your experience and results.
Ideally, you want to add a 1-2 minute facial massage to your morning and evening routine, but you can still reap the benefits by doing it just a few times a week.
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5 BENEFITS OF DAILY FACIAL MASSAGE
Facial massage stimulates blood circulation bringing a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients to the surface of your skin. This encourages new cell growth and improves the overall appearance of the complexion by adding a rosy glow to your skin!
And there's plenty of tools to boost your results too. According to a 2018 study, using a facial massage roller for 5 minutes increased blood flow to the face for at least 10 minutes after the massage.
2. Reduced Wrinkles
The muscles throughout your body are attached by strong tendons to bones. When muscles contract, bones move.
However, the muscles in your face function a little differently. Most of them are very small and attach to either another small muscle or the facial skin. When these muscles contract, they pull the skin in a particular direction creating facial expressions.
With age, facial expressions cause wrinkles in the face like frown lines and crows feet. On top of this, built-up tension in muscles can result in even more wrinkles.
This is where daily facial massage can really help.
Massage increases blood circulation which warms the tissues and oxygenates the muscles inducing relaxation. This is highly beneficial for those pesky facial muscles that are holding tension and causing unwanted wrinkles.
Over time regular facial massage not only smooths away wrinkles but also has a firming and lifting effect on your face by improving muscle tone.
3. Deep Pore Cleanse
Facial massage aids in the removal of dirt and impurities by warming the skin and relaxing the pores. When combined with cleanser or face wash it can have a deep cleansing effect on your skin.
Throw a high-frequency ultrasonic device into the mix and you've got yourself some spa-worthy, high-end facial results! These types of devices are especially beneficial for unclogging pores and exfoliating dead cells from the skin's surface. Giving a smoother, brighter, healthier appearance.
4. Puffy Eyes + Dark Circles
Lymph nodes are positioned in various places around your body to filter out nasty stuff like viruses and toxins. Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system and improves blood circulation.
It speeds up the removal of excess fluids, which in turn sends your eye bags packing! It also filters out dead blood cells and toxin buildup, two culprits of dark circles!
The benefits of lymphatic drainage massage are not limited to the eyes. It can decrease puffiness in any area of your face and improves the overall complexion by purifying the skin.
5. Hydrates + Moisturizes
Facial massage stimulates the production of sebum (the skin's natural oils). This is highly beneficial for dry skin types because it helps to maintain and balance moisture levels. It also enhances the absorption of massage products like facial oil —so use clean beauty brands!
7 BEST FACIAL MASSAGE TOOLS FOR ANTI-AGING
Here are my top skincare tools to use for an anti-aging facial massage at home.
LYMPH DRAINAGE FACIAL MASSAGE TOOLS
Get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles with these cool little Eye Flowies! Hand-carved polished jade massage tools perfect for lymphatic drainage massage around your eyes.
⭐️Apply Helio Anti-Pollution Serum, to freshly cleansed skin, focusing around the cheeks, under-eye, and brow area.
⭐️Use light movements to glide the tool up and out towards the ears.
⭐️ Finish your routine with Botanika Life - Anti-Age Under Eye Repair
⭐️Use flowies morning or night for 3-5 minutes.
Cleaning: Rinse them in warm water and dry thoroughly.
DEEP CLEANSING FACIAL BRUSHES + MASSAGERS
Get your cleanse and massage done in one!
A great way to fit your 2-minute facial massage into your routine is by combining it with your cleansing. And what better way to do it than with Foreo's futuristic technology.
This innovative little device uses T-Sonic pulsations to deliver a deep cleanse while stimulating and massaging the skin. It removes dirt and makeup but also has an exfoliating effect by removing dead skin cells.
⭐️ Wet the LUNA mini 2, and turn it on.
⭐️ Use circular motions to massage your face and neck.
⭐️ Rinse and dry. Continue with your skincare routine.
Cleaning: Rinse with soapy warm water.
Ultrasonic Facial Cleansing Brush £17.90
Featured in my Top Beauty Gadgets List this silicone cleansing device uses a whopping 7000 pulsations per minute. Making fast work out of your daily cleanse and massage. Sonic technology stimulates cell regeneration while deep cleaning, and exfoliating. Helps to unclog pores reduce blackheads and acne.
⭐️ Massage the Sonic Cleansing Brush using small circular motions all over the face and neck.
⭐️ For lymph drainage massage use light sweeping motions starting at the center of your face moving outwards towards the ear.
⭐️ Use for 2-3 minutes a day.
FACIAL MASSAGE TOOLS FOR WRINKLES
Facial rollers help to reduce tensions in the muscles and banish wrinkles. Made with two Rose Quartz stones to target different areas of the face, this roller delivers both beauty and wellness benefits. Infusing your facial massage with positive energy.
⭐️ Start rolling in upward and outward strokes along the contours of the face
⭐️ After 2 minutes switch to the smaller end to roll gently around the eyes
⭐️ Finish by applying Siren Silk Moisturiser
⭐️ Use daily for 5–10 minutes for radiant skin
Another one of my Top Amazon Beauty Gadgets this device lifts, tones, eliminates wrinkles and improves facial contours.
It combines massage with EMS (electronic muscles stimulation) and ATP technology to tighten loose skin and increase skin elasticity. It can also help to reduce dark circles and puffy eyes.
⭐️ This device must not be used with any oil as it cancels the EMS effect —oil and electricity don't mix!
⭐️ Use firm movement upwards and outwards, and along the jawline towards the ear.
⭐️ Can be performed for 2-3 minutes daily, or 15-20 minutes a week
An innovative beauty tool designed with sonic vibrational technology to mimic the effects of a professional facial massage. The T-Bar sculpts, defines, and relaxes facial muscles helping to tone contours and banish wrinkles for a healthy glow.
⭐️ Apply serum to a freshly cleansed face. My clean beauty recommendation: Twenty-Nine Botanical Serum
⭐️ See the video below for directions.
⭐️ Finish your treatment with Botanika Life Anti-Aging Face Cream With Apple Stem Cell.
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese and South Asian technique of "skin scraping" that promotes metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing, and recovery.
The Bian Stone Buffy Gua Sha tool hugs the natural
curves and contours of your face. It's designed to lift and sculpt cheekbones, relax forehead muscles, ease frown lines, and reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles.
⭐️ Start by applying Puristry Restorative Facial Oil to your face and neck.
⭐️ Forehead: Start at the center of your forehead, dividing it into three sections, and glide the tool outward. Scrape once then move down and scrape again.
⭐️ Brows: Glide the Gua Sha along the brow bone from the inside out towards the temple.
⭐️ Under Eye: Start at the inner corner and glide out toward the temple to help reduce under-eye bags.
⭐️ Cheeks: Start at the nose and scape outwards and upward in a sweeping motion across the cheekbones toward the ear. Scrape once then move down and scrape again. End at the center of the chin scraping out and up towards the ear.
⭐️ Jawline: Start at the center of your chin, scrape upward and outward towards the ear to contour jaw.
⭐️ Neck: Scrape your neck in four sections from the bottom up, moving for five strokes per section.
⭐️ Finish your massage by applying 100% Pure Retinol Restorative Overnight Balm
Use your Gua Sha daily or weekly.
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