Who doesn’t like a good facial, we ask you? That said, some things we could do without (extractions are never fun.) But we love a good facial massage. It’s our favourite part of a facial. How can we perform a good facial massage at home?
The science behind a facial massage
Does science support the benefits of a facial massage? Until now the evidence has been largely anecdotal.
But a study jointly conducted by the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Tokyo Healthcare University, and the Research and Development Centre MTG Co. Ltd shows that a massage performed with a facial roller can produce positive effects on the skin.
The scientists conducted a short term and a long term experiment. The short term experiment examined how the skin reacted to a five-minute massage to one cheek. It increased the skin blood flow up to 25% and the effect lasted more than 10 minutes.
The long term experiment examined the effects of a facial massage during a five-week period. The findings suggest the massage improved blood flow response to heat stimulation.
From purely anecdotal evidence, regular facial massage helps with puffiness and improves circulation. For some, it can help ease sinus congestion. For others, it can help with tension headaches. Alternatively, you might do it purely because you would like to get the blood flowing and need some stress release.
Before you start
A couple of things to consider before you start.
There are a right and a wrong way to massage your skin. Never pull, tug, or rub too hard on the skin.
Always be gentle and apply light pressure.
If you have sensitive, inflamed skin or any type of medical condition, please do consult your GP or a dermatologist before doing a facial massage.
If you do a search on facial massage on YouTube, you’ll get thousands of results. It might take some trial and error to find one that suits you. Here is a selection of videos we found helpful.
Abigail James is a facialist. Her technique is the most similar to the massage you would get at a salon. She recommends practicing her technique a couple of times per week.
Lisa Eldrige posted a video on her facial massage technique. This is the most similar to what we do at home.
If you prefer using tools, make sure to check out this video created by Gothamista. She uses a jade roller to support the lymph drainage.
Over the past year, Facial Gua Sha has been cropping up everywhere. But it is not a new technique. It draws its origins from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Normally, a tool is used to vigorously scrape the body to help release toxins and blockages. The Facial Gua Sha is gentle and takes some time to master. But once you perfect the technique, it will be an essential part of your evening skincare routine.
Do you practice facial massage? What kind? What are some of the results you have noticed?