It’s a satisfying feeling to compliment someone’s skin and then have them list a few of their favorite products. It’s also incredibly satisfying and exciting to hear that someone else has used a technique. That feeling was exactly what I felt when I saw a makeup artist spend ten minutes massaging the faces of a model during my first fashion shoot. This moment of care and attention changed my perception of good skin. Imagine if smooth, plump skin was not something you could do in a matter of minutes at Sephora. It was a process that required time and effort.
Many facial tools are very popular, and I love them all. This week I was curious about what would happen if my only focus were my face muscles, some oils, my hands, and my hands. I was optimistic, but I also wanted to give my skin the full attention it deserved daily.
What is facial massage?
Many Western skincare lovers are now looking for facial massage. This ancient art form has been practiced in many countries such as China, Mexico, and Sweden. Dr. Shari Auth describes facial therapy as a centuries-old practice in Asia. She says that the Chinese aristocrats popularized it for its anti-aging benefits.
Facial massage, by definition, is an ancient Chinese practice that stimulates circulation. It involves manipulating the skin and rubbing it to drain the lymphatic system. David Peters is a practitioner in traditional Chinese medicine. He explains that the techniques and points result from all generations’ collective knowledge. Although people didn’t know much about the lymphatic system or the collagen matrix, they intuitively developed techniques as part of a ritual or meditation. Practitioners also claim that muscle memory can be formed and that sagging skin around the jaw and the nasolabial folds can become tighter over time.
Traditional facials often include facial massage. However, companies such as Anastasia Gornon’s All You Can Facial, or journalist Inge Theron’s face Gym promote that consistent practice is necessary to achieve a more symmetrical, sculpted appearance. No Botox is required.
Facial Massage Benefits
- Increased circulation
- Enhances elasticity, stimulates collagen production, reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Face muscle tension is released
- Stimulates lymphatic system
- Temporarily lifts the skin
Massaging your face for mental and physical health is a worthwhile activity. Research has shown that facial massage can reduce stress and improve psychological relaxation. 4 I needed expert guidance to learn more about the potential benefits of facial massages, such as collagen production.
Auth explains that collagen helps reduce wrinkles while elastin helps firm and tone the skin. “This increased circulation enhances the body’s natural detoxification process for clearer skin.” This is great news. I noticed a smoother application of makeup, especially under my eyes.
Cecily Bradley, a spa educator, explained that one of her favorite advantages was “dependency” and using fewer products. It’s possible to trust your body for the vitality and health of your skin. She explained that the frequency of my massages would be determined by how my skin adapts to the practice. However, she suggested that I start with only two weekly treatments, spaced three days apart. After my week-long experiment, I planned to schedule my massages on my calendar.
Hands vs. tools
Gordon states that while modern beauty tools may evoke a fun or luxurious experience, we all have our hands and the most effective and efficient facial tools at home. I can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing these riffs on the gua sha (meaning “to remove illness”) or ads for gadgets that look more painful than tightening.
Gordon explains that facial massages or exercises involving the hands will give you the best lymphatic drainage results and enhance circulation. “Using your hands to touch the skin while performing them will also help you develop a relationship with the skin.” “Touching and feeling your face regularly will help you understand yourself better,” Gordon says.
How to prepare for a facial massage
Facial massage should begin with a clean and well-oiled canvas. Although it is unnecessary, pulling your hair back with a cloth will instantly give you a spa-like feeling. Too much oil can lead to tugging, which could have negative consequences. It is important to manage expectations psychologically. A face massage is only temporary. You don’t need supermodel cheekbones from the ’90s, as no amount of pulling will uncover them. Instead, think of it as a way to relax and connect with your skin. It’s smart to keep water nearby.