Facial Massage Is Really Good for You Skin: Here's the Right Way to Do It
When we encounter someone with luminous, youthful skin, our first instinct is to interrogate them about what products they use. But what few pursuers of perfect complexions think to consider is that how one applies a serum or moisturizer is just as important as the formula itself. Indeed, some of the most out-of-control beautiful skin we've encountered on the likes of Hollywood estheticians and celebrities (Cate Blanchett, for one) can be attributed, at least in part, to one simple but hyper-beneficial skincare habit: facial massage.
Incorporating the right facial massage techniques into your daily skincare routine can be the secret not only to improved radiance but to a firmer, wrinkle-free face. How so? First off, kneading the skin improves circulation, which brings "more blood cells to the skin, more oxygen, and better absorption of products," explains Sonya Dakar, Beverly Hills esthetician and founder of Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic. Certain methods can also smooth forehead frown lines and reduce stress and headaches, which, in turn, can minimize frowning and the resulting wrinkles, she says.
Anti-Wrinkle Massage Techniques
If you'd like your facial massage to be a little more targeted toward wrinkles, Dakar has a slightly different technique for that. She recommends applying a facial oil that works for your skin type all over a clean face (her Organic Omega Booster is actually quite amazing and comes in two formulations, one for dry and sensitive and the other for oily/combo skin). Then, use your middle finger to apply pressure to the center of your forehead.
"This technique can help smooth frown lines across your forehead," she says. "As a bonus, it can also help you get rid of stress and headaches, which stops you from frowning." Apply this pressure for three seconds and repeat for three sets, she says. "To improve the effects of this facial acupressure technique, work your middle finger down until you reach the spot right in between your eyebrows," Dakar suggests.
Crow's feet more your issues? There's a technique for that, too. "Use your index finger to apply pressure on your nose's bridge, right below the inner eyes," says Dakar. "Do this for five seconds at a time for a total of three sets." Better yet, she says, this technique can help relax your eyes so they'll stop squinting naturally, and it can also help prevent the formation of dark under-eye circles.