Facial Massage: The Beauty Technique You Should Add To Your Routine Immediately

 Image |  Kai Miano

Image | Kai Miano

Great beauties of history are all celebrated for the their sometimes unusual or complicated grooming rituals but this one is about as simple as it gets with more benefits than just a lovelier visage. Facial massage and exercise techniques have been found the world over from Ancient Egypt and China to Renaissance era France and now the concept is gaining steam in modern spas and powder rooms in this century. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be but the results are the same no matter which route you take: glowing skin, relaxed mind and body, and an overall youthful appearance. The benefits include:

  • Increases circulation which helps bring oxygen to the skin giving you healthy glow
  • Tightens muscles which helps keep skin looking firm and youthful over time
  • Relaxation helps reduce stress and releases feel good endorphins helping to improve your mood

You don’t need fancy tools to get started just your clean hands and skin friendly product that can give you slip so you can massage your skin without roughing it up. Serums, oils, or a good moisturizer work well.

Below is a video by renowned make up artist Lisa Eldridge. It was she who turned me onto the idea and she goes in depth on the techniques and tools she uses to get great results.


My personal routine:
I use avocado oil mixed with vegetable glycerin. I sing the praises of avocado oil every chance I get and, but essentially this oil is packed full of everything skin loves and needs to be at its best. Glycerin helps give the oil more slip and makes it easier to remove while increasing hydration. Beginning on clean dry skin and with clean hands, I use my fingertips, knuckles, and palms to knead, pinch, pat, lift, and stroke my face. Starting from the center and working outwards to my ears, hairline, and jawline. Stroking upward from my jaw and center of my face and down and away from my forehead. Tapping the area under my eyes and pressing under my nose and up around the corners of my mouth. I don’t really have a rhyme or reason, but keeping my motions gentle and the pressure firm but not uncomfortable works the best for me. I try to do this ten to fifteen minutes at night about three to four times a week; sometimes more just because it feels good, but if you can only give five minutes every few days that works just as well.

A final word

There are lots of resources out there giving questionable advice about using facial massage to help drain the lymph glands and sinus cavities of the face. As far as lymph drainage goes if you are healthy your lymph glands do a fine job draining themselves. If you think you may have blocked lymph nodes consult a physician. Clearing them yourself could do more harm than good. Your sinus congestion can be relieved temporarily with massage and it does help soothe a headache, but considering that sinus congestion is a result of blood flowing to and thereby swelling your sinus mucous membranes to help combat irritants, massage is not nearly as effective as [quick vigorous exercise] or taking a decongestant medicine.