Face massage – it sounds like a slightly unnecessary addition to your already expanding skincare routine, but stay with us. Why? Because giving your face a good old massage has a wealth of pro-recommended benefits – firmer skin, better sleep and overall happiness among them, not to mention being an injection-free alternative to botox. And you can do it in just five minutes.
We caught up with Meghan Markle‘s go-to facialist and legendary face-transforming aesthetician Nichola Joss, to nab her top tips for mastering at-home face massage when you’ve only got five minutes to spare.
Because in uncertain times, taking a moment to master face massage is good for your skin and your brain.
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What Are The Benefits Of Face Massage?
‘There’s almost no downsides to doing face massage at all,’ says Joss. ‘It has so many uses and they’re all positive!’
1.’Face massage removes tension and stress from your jawline leaving you with a softer but stronger muscle and the face shape you’re actually meant to have.
2. ‘Face massage improves blood circulation which helps speed up skin cell renewal which in turn means nice, plump new skin.’
3. ‘ Face massage gives your skin vibrancy and bounce.’
4. ‘Moving the muscles in your face helps flush out toxins and pollution that can cause congestion in your skin.’
5. ‘ Face massage improves your overall facial structure so there’s less need for botox or fillers.’
6. ‘Face massage stimulates your lymphatic system, draining fluids that can cause puffiness.’
7. ‘Face massage stimulates endorphins! You’re always happier after you’ve done some facial massage.’
8. ‘Face massage helps you relax.’
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Something for the weekend • @nicholajoss Massage tip for jawline Grab your favourite facial oil I love @decleorparis neroli amara and starting from the centre of your face, using pressure, work outwards and upwards. #facialmassage #jawlinemassage #facialist #beautyroutine #skincare #nicholajoss @mynicholajossfacialmassage
When Should You Do Face Massage?
Giving your face a good old massage works at any time of the day but Nichola advises you take time before you go to sleep to indulge.
‘Facial massage helps prep you for sleep which is essential for anyone that doesn’t sleep well. It gets you into that relaxed mode and stops you looking at your phone!’
5 Face Massage Moves You Can Do In Five Minutes
There’s no hard and fast rules to face massage, in fact, Nichola advises you stay ‘organic with your movements’ and adapt what you’re doing to your specific face structure and requirements.
For example, if you have a lot of tension in your jaw you would focus the massage on this area, rather than spending time on your eyes etc. Bespoke face massage = ideal.
However, if, like us, you like a set routine to follow and a little guidance from a pro, these are Nichola’s top moves you can do in under five minutes.
How To Do Face Massage
– ‘Always start from the centre of your face and move outwards and upwards.’
– ‘Don’t be afraid to be firm, we’re trying to reverse the effects of gravity here people.’
Drop a small amount of face oil into the palms of your hands and rub lightly together.
Place the palms of your hands against either side of your nose and sweep outwards and upwards. Repeat.
Arrange your index and middle fingers into groovy peace signs, join into a diamond shape and place your chin in the hollow. Sweep outwards along and up your jaw. Repeat.
Place your peace signs upright with each finger hugging the sides of your cheekbones in a V shape (your middle finger should be alongside your nose, your index finger on the outside of your face). Push up and repeat.
Place your index finger on the outer corner of your eye pulling it taut. Use your middle finger from the same hand to sweep underneath your eye in an arch, pressing along the top of your cheekbone. Repeat.
Repeat the above move but taking your middle finger along the top of your eyebrows instead of underneath your eye. Firmly press in an arch from the beginning of your eyebrow outwards, working along the brow bone. Repeat.
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Here are some easy massage movements to try at home. Using a facial oil, spend time massaging into the skin to rebalance, hydrate and nourish as well as de-stressing muscle tissue removing tension, puffiness and toxins making the skin and muscle healthier and more youthful @jossbeauty @decleoruk #facialmassage #sculptingmassage #royalskincare #skincare
What Is Gua Sha Face Massage?
If regular face massage is all about using your hands to sculpt and move your skin, then gua sha (pronounced gwah-shah) is all about using specialist tools, often made from jade or rose quartz, to recreate similar movements.
Originating in China, the face massage technique uses sculpted stones to ‘scrape’ (gua) the skin. The aim? To promote qi (the balance and flow of our body’s energy) whilst lifting and smoothing your face and increasing circulation and lymphatic flow.
This article originally appeared on ELLE UK.