Rejuvenating Facial Massage
At-home facial massages are a simple way to elevate your skincare routine. Through massage, you can increase circulation to the face which boosts collagen production, helps to increase blood flow and offers a radiant glow to the surface of the skin. Massage also helps by stimulating the production of healthy skin cells and increasing muscle tone, which will decrease and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Take 5-10 minutes in the morning or evening, a few times each week, to give your skincare routine an extra boost with this DIY facial massage!
Remember to be mindful of the different parts of your face and adjust the pressure you apply based on the delicacy of the skin. The hairlines, cheekbones, and contours of the face are more resilient, while the wrinkle-prone areas are more fragile - such as the area around the eyes, the middle of the forehead and the neck. Gently massaging the lymph nodes just below the jawline and above the collarbones helps to clear stagnation in the lymph and will decrease puffiness and swelling in the face. If you have extra time, try a complete, head-to-toe abhyanga massage.
DIY Facial Massage
1. Begin with a clean and dry face. Using a generous amount of your preferred face oil, warm the oil between your hands and smooth it on your face, neck, and décolletage, paying special attention to the fragile skin areas of the face (around the eyes).
2. Start at the tip of your chin then move upwards and outwards following the jawline towards the ears. Apply pressure at the outer lip, at the base of both nostrils, and up along your nose to the eyebrow, then move along the brow line. Find the base of your cheekbones and move upwards towards the ears. Finish this step by applying pressure to the center of your forehead and moving outwards, then along your hairline above your forehead.
3. Beginning at the tip of your chin, using your thumb and forefinger, gently pinch the skin then move outwards along the jawline. Continue this movement from the outer corners of your mouth towards your ears, and then along the plump skin under your cheekbones and on your cheeks. Continue massaging this area by doing circular movements from the apples of your cheeks along your cheekbones. This will awaken and invigorate the skin.
4. Next, using the whole palm and fingertips, massage the skin on your décolletage and neck, moving from the chin towards collarbone in a downward motion. The skin in this area is more delicate than the skin on your face, so be mindful.
5. From there, begin massaging the jaw, under the jaw, behind the ears, down the neck, front and back, at the base of the skull (occipital area), and just above the collarbone, this will help to ease tension and support lymph drainage on the neck and collarbone.
Use a carrier oil mixed with one or more of the essential oils below to make your own anti-aging serum. Or Try a few of our favorite oil blends below!
(use 1 tsps of your favorite oil)
(can be found at your local coop or health food store)
Concentrated Essential Oils
(use 1-2 drops of your favorite oils)
(we love florecopia oils!)
Carrot Seed Oil
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Oil Blends we love
Other fun skin-care tools!
Rose Quartz Gua Sha. an amazing self-care tool to release excess heat or cold out of the lymph tissues helping to move stagnation and increase blood flow.
Jade Roller- The Chinese have been using this tool since the 7th century. Simply roll over your face & cheekbones in an upward motion to stimulate collagen, lymphatic drainage, and blood flow. During the summer months, keep it in the fridge for a cooling treat!
Once you get the hang of it this routine shouldn’t take you more than 2-5 minutes. Enjoy!