Does your skin look puffy, or loose, or are you just generally in need of some love for you mug? A facial massage could be just what you need to strengthen or firm up your skin, or to make yourself look younger. On top of the visible benefits, facial massages, just like any other massage, can serve to relax, reduce stress, or simply bring about the feelings of enjoyment from indulging yourself. Here are a few different ways for you to spoil (as in pamper, not ruin) your face.
1) Facial Masks:There are a number of different types of facial mask treatments available. For example, there are setting masks, which include clay masks, thermal masks, fruit masks, and peel-off masks, and there are non-setting masks, which include warm oil masks and masks made of paraffin wax. Each different types of mask has different benefits, and are ideal for different types of skin; so, although some of these masks can be applied at home, you are better off at least consulting a professional to determine what type of skin you have, and which type of mask is best for your face.
“Shiatsu”, the Japanese word for “finger pressure”, is purported by its practitioners to combat a number of negative elements: including muscle pain, stress, anxiety, nausea, and even depression. What’s more, is that Shiatsu is not limited to the face alone, but massages the whole body. So, if you feel the need to give your face a little professional attention, why not kill two birds with one finger (or more) and get the rest of the body done as well? Fun fact: Shiatsu is also performed on horses.
In addition to professional options, there are also several do-it-yourself options that you can try at home:
3) Techniques for the forehead:
To increase blood flow as well as help you relax, try tapping your scalp and forehead (more than one finger is OK – pretend you are tapping our a beat if you like!). You can also try putting both hands over your forehead, then smoothly run them up to your hairline with a strong (not too hard though), lifting motion. Remember to clasp your fingers together with the index finger on top of the others.
4) Techniques for the mouth:
Once again, tapping applies; you can tap around your mouth and cheeks to increase blood flow. You can also do smiling exercises: five or six times, smile widely to stretch and firm those smiling muscles. Another trick: look up at the ceiling and open and close your mouth a few times – this relaxes your jawline and tightens your neck.
5) Other techniques:
Using your thumb and two fingers, massage the entire ear, beginning from the top, and working your way slowly down to the lobe. After doing this a few times, you can give the lobe a little tug if you like. Incorporating some oil for this one is nice. One last trick: you can pinch gently the area around your throat and collarbone (but make sure you go easy on yourself).
Have fun, use some oils or moisturizing creams, and go to town! In general, though, you don’t want to massage your face for more than twenty minutes at a time; this can overdo the stretching and strengthening of the face muscles, which could get in the way of the benefits you are driving at. It also isn’t a bad idea to take it easy on yourself at first until you get more used to it, or to check out some videos to get a better idea of how to pull off the moves described above.