It doesn't sound like a surprise that just like the rest of your body, facial muscles require exercise to keep you looking younger. But who has time for another workout routine in between enjoying the flutters of your babies toes, preparing the nursery, and (not) giving in to all these cravings?! If we're going to carve out time in our busy schedules we want results, and we want them fast. Bumpalicious investigates what facial massage can do for you.
Facial massages date back many years ago and has its roots in France, Sweden, China, and Mexico. Each nation had its own techniques which all have a role to play in how we massage our faces today. Now that we know that people have been massaging their faces for a long time, we want to know how real the skincare and anti-aging benefits really are (spoiler alert: extremely real!). Continue reading below to see why facial massages are a skincare must!
The goals of a facial massage
The goals of facial massages can be:
- waking up your face
- de-puffing your face by draining tension and fluid from your face
- slow down the aging process
- promoting healthier facial skin
Or of course all of the above! Nowadays there are a lot of professionals where you can go to for an hour of this goodness, but you can also do this yourself in your own bathroom. When you will massage your face for three to five minutes, at least three times a week you will get the best results. And the good thing is, you can just use your hands! You do not need any particular products for this treatment, just a clean dry face and your favorite facial oil or serum. Combining your massage with your favorite skincare routine will even amplify the benefits.
The 5 benefits of a facial massage
1 Boosts circulation
When you're massaging your skin it's like doing a set of jumping jacks or push-ups, the movement of a quick facial massage sends a surge of blood to your skin. And more blood to the skin means more oxygen to the skin! And it doesn't stop here... because more blood flow also brings more nutrients. This increased flow deflates puffiness, especially in your under-eye area, brightens skin tone, and helps detoxify your skin (see benefit #3 for more info). It kick-starts your fibroblasts to produce more collagen resulting in a smooth, glowing complexion.
2 Relieves tension
The other benefit is exactly what you'd expect from a massage: a release in muscle tension. Most of us hold a lot of tension in their face, especially in our jaws. When we feel stressed, tired, or concentrated, we tense our forehead and eye area and we are clenching our jaws. A couple minutes of face massaging at the end of the day helps release that tension and work away those knots. This way you'll see a noticeable uptick in the firmness of the skin. You always want to use lifting movements, especially along the neck and jawline area to keep your skin tight and energized.
3 Releases toxins
We just learned that facial massages increase blood flow, but when done right, it also kick-starts the lymphatic drainage in your face which flushes out waste and toxins and keeps your skin fresh and clean, both inside and out. Using a lot of beauty products, environmental factors, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life can cause toxins to build-up within our skin, contributing to fine lines, puffiness, and breakouts. So let's massage that cute face to keep your skin healthy!
4 Improves product absorption
Massaging your face with your fingers in upward, lifting motions is a wonderful way to help your favorite products like moisturizer, facial oil and serum absorb into your skin. Plus, it’s a way to make your daily skincare routine feel even more like a relaxing self-care moment.
Skin benefits aside, face massages are also good at relieving emotional tension. They help you feel more relaxed and at ease at the end of a long day. It's important when you had a busy day of taking care of your family or pleasing your boss, to have a couple of minutes for taking some extra care of yourself.
I hope I was able to convince you to add facial massage into your skincare routine. You will love the results and it also another way to have a few more minutes of self-love a day. To help you out, even more, I added a video on our Youtube channel where I show you an easy technique that is easy to follow. And don't be scared, you really don't have to be a professional to enjoy it or to enjoy all those great benefits from it!