Facial Massage
Skincare

Facial massages are treatments you can do with a practitioner or on your own. The technique involves stimulating pressure points on the face, neck, and shoulders. You can use lotions, oils, or cleansing balms with facial massages, as well as a face roller or a flat gua sha tool.

Facial massage helps promote healthy skin while relaxing your facial muscles. It has a relaxing and rejuvenating effect, helping you look and feel better. Whether you want to use facial massage purely for relaxation or to treat a specific condition, there are plenty of techniques to try.

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TYPES OF FACIAL MASSAGE 

There are several different facial massage types that you can do on your own or with a professional. They include:

1. Lymphatic Drainage Facial Massage

Lymph is a fluid in your body that carries the toxins away and eliminates waste. It is made of water, proteins, and salts. A massage can drain accumulated lymph. This is an excellent technique if you are looking to rejuvenate your skin by deep cleansing.

2. Shiatsu or Finger-Pressure Facial Massage

This type of facial uses acupressure applied to specific points in the face called the energy channels. People who practice this Chinese technique use special devices, their fingers or palms, to tone muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face.

3. Classic Facial Massage

This is the most common one used by beauticians across the world. It involves movements like stroking, tapping, kneading, and pinching. It promotes collagen production and leaves your skin feeling relaxed.

4. Kobido Facial Massage

Kobido means ‘ancient way of beauty. This is the oldest type of facial massage. It uses 47 techniques to massage 16 facial muscles. It is a deep relaxation facial massage that also helps in relieving pains.


HOW TO DO FACIAL MASSAGE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

So consider this as your crash course on how to do a facial at home. The first step is to prep your skin:

Cleanse your hands and tie back your hair.

Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Moisturize your skin.

Choose oil for your skin.

Steam your face to soften the pores and to help with easy penetration of oils.

Use your fingers in a circular motion to gently massage your face. You can use deep and stimulating motions if you are looking to firm your skin.

In case you have sensitive, acne-prone or oily skin, stick to light pressure.

You can consider using skincare gadgets for massaging like a metal roller or jade roller if you’re comfortable.

Step 1: Massaging Your Forehead

Place your knuckles between your eyebrows and move them up towards the hairline. Repeat this five times.

Step 2: Massaging Your Eye Area

Please do not be harsh with the skin around your eyes as it is very gentle. Use soft and rolling movements with your ring finger. Repeat five times. 

Step 3: Massaging Your Cheeks

Rest your knuckles on your cheeks near the nose bridge and swipe them across your cheeks towards the ears. Repeat five times.

Step 4: Massaging Your Mouth Area

Make a ‘V’ shape with your index and middle finger. Place the fingers so that the index finger is above the upper lip and the middle finger is below the lower lip. Press gently and pull towards the ears.

Step 5: Massaging Your Chin

Place your palms underneath your cheekbones and massage towards the hairline.

Step 6: Massaging Your Neck

Finish with the neck. Massage in vertical strokes from the collarbone towards your face in an upward direction.

BENEFITS OF FACIAL MASSAGE

1. Anti-Aging And Wrinkles

One of the main benefits of facial massage is its ability to improve the skin’s overall appearance. A source examined the effectiveness of facial massage that included a stimulating massage device. Participants used an anti-aging device and cream on their faces and neck for eight weeks. The effects of the cream were enhanced when used with the facial massage. Improvements were seen in wrinkles, skin sagging, and texture.

2. Sinus Pressure

As long as it’s not an infectious case or during an acute stage of sinusitis, you can use massage to relieve sinus pressure, discomfort, and congestion. Sinus massage may also help promote the drainage of mucus, alleviate headaches, and boost circulation. More in-depth scientific studies are needed to confirm and expand on the effects of sinus pressure massage.

3. Acne

Stimulating the skin through massage may help promote blood circulation and reduce the appearance of acne. Specific research that provides evidence of facial massage in improving acne is limited. Some people swear by doing an olive oil massage to treat acne. Results vary, so if it’s something you’re interested in trying, test it out on a small area before massaging your entire face. Don’t be too aggressive in your approach. Avoid any harsh motions or exfoliants, especially in sensitive areas.

4. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

People who have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) conditions may experience discomfort in the jaw or face. This can include headache, earache, or lockjaw. According to the Cleveland Clinic, trigger point massage may help alleviate tight, inflamed, or painful jaw muscles. This discomfort may be due to chewing, jaw clenching, or teeth grinding. Massage to relieve symptoms of TMJ may be especially effective when combined with jaw exercises.

5. Glowing skin

Facial massage may be just the ticket if you want bright, glowing skin. About 54 percent reported supple skin, while 50 percent experienced skin tightening. Plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests that stimulating your facial muscles can help tighten skin, relieve tight muscles, and boost circulation.

6. Skin Blood Flow

Using a facial massage roller has a positive effect on skin blood flow, which may help improve the appearance of the skin.

7. Facial Rejuvenation

Facial massages can help relieve tension while enhancing relaxation and skin health. Research points to the effectiveness of facial massage with a Pao device in encouraging facial rejuvenation. The facial massage exercise device was shown to boost facial muscle thickness and cross-sectional area in women who used the device for 30 seconds, twice a day for eight weeks.

8. Manage Scar Tissue

If you have a facial scar that’s in the healing process, massage can be incredibly beneficial. Massaging the scar tissue and surrounding areas may help increase blood flow, loosen up nearby tissues, and flatten bumps. Facial massage may also help relieve symptoms such as pain, itchiness, and tenderness. Massage therapy effectively reduced pain and itchy skin while improving the appearance of raised scars from burns.


HOW TO DO FACIAL MASSAGE AT HOME 

You can give yourself a facial massage in the comfort of your home. Before beginning, clean your face and hands. Use a small amount of serum, oil, or cleansing balm so your fingers glide and rollover your skin quickly. You can also use the surface of your palm.

Whether you have 5 minutes or an entire hour, you can put together your favorite elements to create an individualized facial massage routine. Repeat each stroke five times or focus on a specific area for 20 to 30 seconds. Use gentle but firm pressure.

There are several techniques you can use. Below are a few you can use to create your routine:

Use a circular motion to rub your fingers into your temples.

Use your palms and fingertips to massage the sides of your face, starting at your chin and moving up toward your forehead. Then slide your hands back down.

Press and glide your ring fingers into your brow bone. Move from the inner to the outer corner. Then do the same movement underneath your eyes.

Using your thumb and first finger, start at the outer corners of your eyebrows. Gently pinch your eyebrows as you move to the inner corner.

Press your fingers into the center of your brows. Glide them up toward your hairline. Then move your fingers toward your temples.

Press down firmly on the space between your eyebrows for a few seconds. Then continue pressing as you make clockwise and counterclockwise movements.

Use your index and middle fingers to press under your cheekbones. Start at the center of your face and move toward your temples.

For a more substantial effect, use your knuckles to press into your face. Start at your nose and move them across your cheeks to your ears.

Use your thumb and first two fingers to pinch the center of your chin. Pinch the skin as you move toward your ears.

Press into your jaw as you move your fingers from the outside of your jaw toward your chin.

Use a circular motion to massage the area under your earlobes.

Use the outside of your pinky fingers to press into your neck, starting at the top and moving downward.

Use your ring finger to firmly press into the inner brow, gliding toward your outer brow.

Use your fingertips to tap over all the areas of your face gently. Then gently pinch the fleshy areas of skin.

Apply acupressure to facial pressure points or sinus pressure points.

CONS OF FACIAL MASSAGE

Lack of Knowledge 

One downside of facial massage is the lack of knowledge. It may be that you lack the proper knowledge when it comes to massaging your face. Or, the “professional” that is massaging your face is not yet experienced in facial massage. This can be potentially dangerous as it can do more harm than good. As mentioned before, the skin and muscles in the face are much more sensitive. If the facial massage is too strong, especially when a lot of stretching is done, this could place a lot of stress on the muscles and skin. Ultimately, this could lead to the early appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Lack of Skill

Another downside is the lack of skill. A professional may be experienced in massaging the body, but the face is entirely a different story. Expertise in body massage does not equate to expertise in facial massage. Certain areas in the face must be massaged with firmness, while other areas are massaged with gentleness. If there is professional does not have the adequate skill or technique in rubbing your face, then there is a possibility that it may also lead to the early onset of fine lines and wrinkles

It’s A Waste 

Many people believe that facial massages are simply a waste of money and effort. This is because the face is just a tiny part of the body. Ultimately, it all boils down to efficiency - meaning, you would rather spend your efforts on other parts of the body that will result in a more significant impact in terms of health and wellness.

Costs Money

If you want to avoid the dangers of facial massage, then you might want a skilled and experienced professional to do the job. On the downside, there are only a few professionals who specialize in facial massages. Since there are only a few in Singapore, the prices tend to be expensive. If you are willing to pay for such services, some would say that you better spend your money on something that has more impact.

The face has a lot of nerve endings and pleasure points, and a good facial massage can bring a lot of advantages such as better mood, wrinkle prevention, curb congestion, and detox. On the other hand, some would say that facial massage it’s not worth it. The naysayers often claim that facial massage is dangerous because it may damage your facial skin and muscles due to a lack of skill and knowledge. Also, it’s an efficient way of spending your efforts and money.

Can Lead To Pimples

Several people opt for a facial massage to cleanse the skin. Yet, according to some people, it might lead to pimples and blemishes. The wrong choice of facials is responsible for such blemishes. The unwanted appearance of such spots might ruin the look of your face. This is particularly useful for people with acne-prone and oily skin. It results in excessive breakouts.

FAQs

Can Face Massage Cause Wrinkles?

Both directions help to stimulate blood flow and oxygen to the skin, but the downward massage, in particular, helps drain water retention from the face. We wouldn’t be trained to do so if it causes sagging.

Are Facial Massages Bad For My Skin?

Facial massage helps promote healthy skin while relaxing your facial muscles. It has a relaxing and rejuvenating effect, helping you look and feel better. Whether you want to use facial massage purely for relaxation or to treat a specific condition, there are plenty of techniques to try.

How Can I Massage My Face To Tighten Skin?

With your thumbs, starting from the forehead down to your chin, massage your skin in circular motions clockwise & anti-clockwise. This movement helps boost the production of elastin and collagen, which prevents and cures sagging skin.

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