Taking time out of your day to work those facial muscles can really do wonders for the complexion – especially on the anti-ageing front. If you’re feeling the pinch with time and money this Summer, ditch expensive salons and bring your youth-boosting facial in-house.
If you’re a little unclear on the point of a facial massage, let us enlighten you to the ways this quick, five-minute activity will benefit both body and mind.
1. Increased blood circulation
Helping to stimulate skin-cell renewal, massage perks up the appearance of a tired, dull-looking complexion.
2. Aids relaxation
As well as removing tension from the face, massage stimulates endorphins. Personally, we think getting our endorphins through massages, rather than exercise, sounds like a very good idea.
3. Muscle movement
Getting the muscles moving in the face helps to rid the skin of toxins, bestowing a vibrant glow and reducing the chances of breakouts.
We’ve teamed up with A Model Recommends blogger Ruth Crilly to create a quick and easy step-by-step facial-massaged guide, so you can see how to do it for yourself.
About A Model Recommends
With over 10 years’ experience in the world of fashion and beauty, Ruth Crilly has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things skincare. Already an advocate of facial exercises and a superfan of The White Company’s Night Oil, we couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to talk us through her tried-and-tested massage routine.
A note from Ruth:
“This is how I perform my own facial massage. It’s a mixture of toning and lifting moves I’ve learnt from makeup artists, before having my makeup done on photoshoots, and de-stressing moves I’ve enjoyed during facials.’’
Place a couple of drops of The White Company Night Oil onto the face. It is good to work quickly so no product is wasted on the palms of your hands. I like to spread it swiftly, pressing it onto my face, almost as a warm up move.
I start with my eyes, because it’s where I most feel tiredness and tension in my face.
Work in circles, using the fingertips to sweep firmly above the eyes across eyebrows. Then, move underneath the eyes along the orbital bone, always making sure there’s enough oil so you’re not uncomfortably dragging the skin. Continue, working from the inside of the eyebrow outwards and then around in a circle.
I like to spend longer on my eyes, pressing quite hard around the orbital bone underneath with the pads of my fingertips, from inner corners outwards and then sort of pinching my way across the brows.
Next, concentrate on the temples, gently rubbing. This move is perfect for de-stressing. You can vary the amount of pressure you use, depending on your mood.
Sweep the fingertips and palms of the hands across the forehead in horizontal lines. This will stimulate all the muscles in the forehead that hold tension.
Next, make smooth, lifting movements in an upward direction on the cheeks. You can be quite vigorous with this. Use just the fingers for a lighter movement, or the palms to achieve more pressure.
I grind my teeth and my jaw constantly feels tense, so I pinch quite hard, sweeping upwards, from my chin to my ears.
I press in little circles just below the ears which is really relaxing, then down the sides of the neck where it feels the most tense.
Finally, stroke very lightly up the front of the neck with any product that remains on your hands.
The beauty of an at-home facial massage is you can tailor any movements to fit personal preferences you may have. For example, if you carry more tension in your jaw, give this area a little more attention. Or, if you find circular movements around the eyes especially relaxing, spend longer performing this movement. There are no set rules.