In the world of skincare, we often focus on products and routines, but there's a secret weapon that can upgrade your skincare game to new heights: a facial massage. This ancient practice not only feels indulgent but also offers plenty of benefits for your skin such as boosting circulation and releasing muscle tension. Paired with the nourishing properties of a suitable facial oil, such as the Rosehip Hydrate Facial Oil, you'll be well on your way to achieving radiant and healthier looking skin.
Today, we'll dive into the world of facial massage with tips from our Resident Skincare Expert Charlotte Connoley, explore its incredible benefits, and guide you on how to incorporate it into your skincare routine featuring our cult favourite Rosehip Hydrate Facial Oil.
What Is Facial Massage?
Facial massage is a relaxing technique that involves manipulating the skin and underlying muscles to improve circulation, promote relaxation, and enhance the overall health and appearance of your skin. Dating back to the ancient times, the facial massage that we know today has been developed from the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine and brought to the mainstream skincare world by Pehr Henrik Ling during the later 1770’s.
Today, the facial massage is not reserved just for the Facialist treatment room; it's a holistic approach to skincare that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine, from the comfort of your home (and don’t worry - you won’t need a face roller or gua sha to get started!).
Benefits of Facial Massage
1. Improved Blood Circulation
A facial massage performed correctly can stimulate blood flow, which can help nourish skin cells and promote a healthier complexion.
During a massage, you are increasing the blood flow to the targeted area which sends extra oxygen-rich blood to the skin’s surface. The boosted circulation can eliminate puffiness, promote collagen production, and make your face look more awake.
Top Tip: For a smoother massage experience, use a lubricant such as our Rosehip Hydrate Facial Oil to allow your fingers and hands to glide smoothly across the face and prevent skin pulling.
2. Relieves Tensions and Tones Facial Muscles
Facial massage can induce relaxation, reduce stress, and relieve tension in facial muscles. Taking some time to yourself with a luxurious facial oil, a relaxing candle and a soothing atmosphere is a self-care treat we all deserve.
Massaging your facial muscles also works to relax the muscles, which can help prevent wrinkles caused by muscle contractions.
3. Improved Lymphatic Drainage
Everyone has a lymphatic system in their body, including lymph nodes in the face and neck, which work to collect and eliminate excess toxins, fluids, and waste from the body.
While the lymph system is good at working on its own, a facial massage can speed up the efficiency and translate into a quicker de-puffing effect. Massaging the lymph nodes in your face and neck may also improve the skin’s natural detoxification process. All skin types can benefit from a facial massage focused on lymphatic drainage, including blemish-prone skin and skin showing signs of ageing.
4. Improved Skin Elasticity and Fine Lines
Regular facial massages can help maintain and improve skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The process described above (lymphatic drainage) also works to plump the skin where improved circulation and improved toxin elimination can keep the skin looking more youthful and firmer.
5. Reduce Facial Puffiness and Inflammation
On those tough early mornings, a gentle facial massage can help awaken puffy eyes and reduce overall puffiness of the face. Correct massage techniques can work to stimulate lymphatic drainage, which removes the swelling and puffing-causing toxins quicker. Hello, refreshed, more awake eyes!
How to Incorporate Facial Massage into Your Skincare Routine
1. Start with Clean, Clear Skin.
Always begin with a clean face. Remove makeup, cleanse, and pat your face dry.
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2. Choose a Quality Facial Oil
Opt for a high-quality Facial Oil best suited to your skin type. This will act as a lubricant and allow you to perform the techniques with better slip and ease. Our Rosehip Hydrate Facial Oil is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, with a blend of luxurious oils that work to nourish and re-hydrate the skin. With a calming fragrance that blends rose petals with a hint of citrus, this Facial Oil delivers the ultimate self-care experience at home.
3. Begin the Massage
Place 3-4 drops of Rosehip Hydrate Facial Oil onto your fingertips. Gently warm the oil between your hands and then press it gently onto your face and neck.
4. Massage Techniques
There are various massage techniques to choose from, such as effleurage (gentle strokes), kneading, and acupressure. Start with gentle, upward motions, and work from the centre of your face outwards.
Follow along and learn from our Skincare Expert, Charlotte Connoley, for best Facial Massage techniques here.
5. Focus on Key Areas
Pay special attention to areas prone to tension and wrinkles, such as the forehead, jawline, and around the eyes. Use your fingertips, or a facial roller for added benefits.
6. Take Your Time
Facial massage should be a relaxing experience, so take your time and enjoy the process. Aim for at least 5-10 minutes a day.
Consistency is key. Incorporate facial massage into your routine once or twice daily, preferably in the morning and evening.
8. Rinse or Leave On
Depending on your preference, you can either leave the Rosehip Hydrate Facial Oil on for added moisture or rinse it off after the massage.
Facial massage is a simple yet powerful addition to your skincare routine, and when combined with the nourishing qualities of Rosehip Hydrate Facial Oil, you can achieve a more plumped, hydrated, and relaxed looking complexion in just a few strokes.
Embrace this self-care practice to not only improve the appearance of your skin but also promote relaxation and personal well-being. With consistency and the right products, your journey to radiant and plumped looking skin begins with the art of facial massage and the benefits of our Rosehip Facial Oil.