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Jacqueline Seymour

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Chief Medical Officer at THE WELL

Updated: 04/05/2024

If you’ve been paying attention to skincare trends lately, you’ve probably come across facial massage, especially on Instagram reels and TikTok. The videos demonstrate facial massage which involves the gentle manipulation of facial muscles and skin to promote relaxation, improve circulation and enhance the overall health and appearance of your complexion. Sounds great, right? If you want to find out more about its benefits and how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine, read on!

First off, what are the benefits?

Improved Blood Circulation

‍The gentle kneading and massaging motions stimulate blood flow to the facial tissues, delivering oxygen and nutrients. This increased circulation can result in a brighter, more radiant complexion.

Reduced Tension and Stress

Just as a body massage can relieve tension, facial massage can alleviate stress and relax facial muscles. This can contribute to a more youthful and relaxed appearance.

Enhanced Lymphatic Drainage

‍Facial massage helps facilitate lymphatic drainage, aiding in the removal of toxins and reducing puffiness. This is particularly beneficial for the under-eye area, diminishing the appearance of dark circles and bags.

Natural Face Lift

Beauty enthusiasts and dermatologists believe that regular facial massage can contribute to toning and firming the facial muscles, providing a subtle, natural lift to the skin over time. However, there is a need for research to provide real evidence for this benefit.

How to do it?

  1. Begin with a clean face to remove any makeup, dirt, or impurities.
  2. Using a lightweight facial oil or moisturizer will help your fingers glide smoothly across your skin, preventing any unnecessary pulling.
  3. Gently start to massage your face. Use light and gentle upward strokes, avoiding dragging or pulling on the skin. Focus on areas prone to tension, like the forehead, jawline, and neck.
  4. Tailor your massage to your specific concerns. For example, use circular motions around the eyes to reduce puffiness or massage the temples to release tension.
  5. Do not rush. Take the time to enjoy the process, allowing the therapeutic benefits to unfold.

Whether you’re seeking plumper skin, tension relief or a new self-care ritual, facial massage can be a wonderful addition to your health routine.

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