Your face probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about getting a massage. Not only is facial massage soothing and relaxing, but it has powerful antiaging benefits. If you go in for regular facials, massage is part of your treatment. For maximum benefits massage your face at home too.
What Is Facial Massage?
There are 68 muscles in the face, head, and neck. Most of these muscles are small, so we don’t feel the tension and knots that are more common in our shoulders and back. Even if they aren’t as physically apparent, you may have tension and knots in your face, head, and neck.
Some of this tension is caused by your lifestyle. For example, your heads-down electronics use. This strain and tension can accelerate aging, but is easy to release with a facial massage designed to promote lymphatic drainage and myofascial release.
What Is Lymphatic Drainage?
Your lymphatic system is one of the ways you can release toxins from your body. There are 12 groups of lymph nodes in the neck, head, and scalp. Massage increases circulation which helps your body release toxins through your lymph nodes. Areas of your body that are tense may hold more toxins.
Facial massage promotes lymphatic drainage, which in the face can contribute to sagging skin. As an added bonus, the increased circulation oxygenates the skin which can have regenerative effects—such as boosting the natural production of collagen. Increased circulation is also why you enjoy a natural glow after a facial massage.
What Is Fascia?
Fascia is a spiderweb-like network underneath your skin. It is a connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, organ, nerve fiber, blood vessel, and bone. Our sheets of fascia are meant to move freely, but many factors can cause fascia to adhere or stick together in a tight bunch.
For example, the fascia around your tense shoulders is less flexible than it should be. When it comes to your head, face, and neck, electronics use, and poor posture can cause your fascia to stick together in ways that contribute to premature aging. Massage can release fascia and rapidly tighten and firm your skin.
How To Massage Your Face At Home?
Facial massage is easy to do at home, and only takes a few minutes. Always be sure to massage on a clean face and apply a serum or oil to ensure comfort. In general, you can massage your face daily—but if you are using a skincare device, use it as directed.
Hands—there are countless facial massage videos on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Use your fingers and the palms of your hands to tap and apply gentle pressure to your face.
Jade Rollers—jade rollers are another popular method of at-home face massage. The roller glides gently over your face and neck releasing fascia, stimulating lymphatic drainage, and helping your facial serum to penetrate your pores.
Skincare Devices—Methode Brigette Kettner offers a diverse range of spa-quality anti-aging devices that are safe for at-home use. Those with ultrasound waves or biomechanical vibrations tone muscles and release fascia, along with a variety of other skincare benefits.