Is your face starting to show signs of aging, or do you want to stop it in its tracks before it does? Before heading to the plastic surgeon or getting Botox, try these simple facial massage techniques.
They can help to strengthen facial muscles, increase circulation and thus skin health, promote the production of natural collagen, reduce stress, and help to detoxify overworked lymph nodes.
Are you ready to add facial massage to your weekly routine?
A reason to begin
The woman in the images is fifty-nine years old and has been doing this anti-aging facial massage regularly. She has not had any fillers or plastic surgery. And, of course, isn’t wearing any makeup during the massage.
Picking the right oil
Applying face-friendly oil first is important so that the fingers can move easily as you begin the massage and to avoid any damaging pulling or tugging on the skin. You won’t want anything too heavy, such as olive or coconut oil.
A light oil from argan, safflower, sesame, jojoba, rice bran, or camellia is preferred. Make sure to apply it with clean hands.
Spread it over the entirety of your face and bring it down to cover the front and sides of the neck. Also, cover both the front and back of your hands because you will be using both sides during the massage.
Start with the neck
Start by using your knuckles to gently press down along the sides of your neck to drain the lymph nodes there. Use a downward massaging motion. Make sure to only press as hard as you are comfortable with.
Repeat this step twenty times. If done right, you should feel a little warmth building up.
Move to the forehead
Still using your knuckles and the skin between your knuckles and fingertips, start creating a half-circle motion on your forehead above each eye, using a rolling motion. Alternate between left and right as you half-circle from the center of your forehead outward.
Again, repeat this twenty times.
Tip: Avoid any scratching by not using the actual tips of your fingers. This will make sure that your nails do not come in contact with your face.
Go around the sides of the face
With the same technique, begin to roll your knuckles all the way down along the edges of your face and behind your ears, going down to the sides of the neck again. This will help to release and drain the lymph nodes in the face and neck.
With each of these steps, repeat twenty times.
Focusing on the nose
Using one knuckle on each side of the bridge of your nose, gently press down along the sides. Start by focusing around the top of the bridge, using short rolling movements to really work on that area. Only use a little pressure as you use a circular motion.
Under the eyebrows
Once you have worked on the bridge of the nose, use the same one-knuckle technique, starting on each side of the bridge of the nose, to trace right under your eyebrows, moving outward and upward.
As you finish this step, repeat the stage where we went around the sides of the face. This is to continue to promote lymph drainage from each set of lymph nodes in the face.
Remember to only use slight pressure. You don’t want to cause any pain or skin damage.
Under the eyes
Place your fists under your eyes. Instead of moving them, simply roll your hands, twisting your wrists, so that each knuckle presses into the skin one at a time, starting with those closest to the nose.
Again, do this twenty times and then repeat the “go around the sides of the face” step.
The sides of the nostrils
Using one knuckle on each side, massage the face directly next to the sides of the nostrils. Use small and circular motions.
Under the cheekbones
Use the same technique you used under your eyes, but place your knuckles along the bottom edge under your cheekbones. Once you have done this twenty times, massage down along the outside of the face and down the neck again.
Take one knuckle on each hand and start at the center of the chin. Pull those knuckles outward, along the edge of the jawbone, all the way to your ears. Repeat this twenty times, and then move your massaging to behind the ears and down the neck again.
Learn more about the process
The massage technique was originally taught on the Dr. Ivan6 channel on YouTube. However, it’s in Mandarin Chinese. Gadgetlily translates it and goes through the technique in the video below.
Don’t forget to check it out if you want to learn more!
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