Healing begins with an aromatic bath and daily massage - Hippocrates
A good face massage is definitely a great way to relax, improve blood circulation & give your face an instant glow. With our present busy life-style, we rarely get the time to let ourselves be pampered at the salon. At times like these, a self massage or a home-treatment by a professional is ideal.
Benefits of a good face massage :
~ A good facial massage promotes relaxation & reduces stress
~ It improves blood circulation & gives you a glowing skin
~ It delays the onset of wrinkles by tightening facial muscles
~ It reduces puffiness of face
~ Regular face massage tightens loose skin under the chin area (double chin)
A 3-Minute Facial Massage Daily Routine
You can follow this routine either after removing make-up, using carrier oil or while applying your moisturizing cream. Once you have leaned the routine to the fingertips, it should take no more than three to four minutes. Try to do it every day. In case you have a specific area that you needs more of your attention, then simply use one of the massages from the routine.
Pour just under a teaspoon of organic oil suited for you type of skin into one hand, rub it into both hands and apply the oil to your neck and face in long, upwards and outwards sweeping movements. Use only very little around your eyes, with the most delicate skin, using the ring finger of both hands.
Neck: Using both hands alternating, slide up your neck from the base to your jaw-bone, turning the hands as necessary and gently cover your whole neck form ear to ear.
Jaw: With your first and middle fingers of each hand, slide firmly along your jaw line from your chin to the front of your ears. Your index finger above your jaw and the middle finger underneath. You can also use circular movements here.
Nose: Hands on each side of the nose, press firmly with the edge of your hands. Hold for three to four seconds. Repeat.
Cheeks and ears: Release the pressure slightly and roll your hands on to your cheeks. Slide your hands outwards, your index fingers stopping in front of your ears where you apply a firm pressure. Hold for three to four seconds. Repeat.
Mouth and nose: Slide both thumbs upwards symmetrically around the corners of your mouth, your fingers held in loose fists under the chin, in under your nose, around the nostrils and lightly off over the tip of your nose.
Eyes: Start at the inner corners of your eyebrows with the middle and ring fingers of each hand, now slide firmly outwards over your eyebrows, using your ring finger only, go very lightly inwards underneath your eyes. Then slide lightly outwards over your closed eyelids with the ring finger of each hand, and then lightly underneath each eye.
Forehead: Starting between the eyebrows with your fingers together and the index fingers leading the way, smooth your hands up to the hairline in a firm lifting movement.
All face: Close your eyes and cover your face, using both hands, fingers together, slightly cupped to produce a gentle suction. Apply a firm pressure to the face, and hold for a second before releasing. Then move the hands outwards from the nose towards the ears, cover the whole face and move the hands up and down to cover the area between the hairline and chin.
Neck: Using the whole hand with your fingers together, now apply pressure with the right hand to the left side of the neck. Work from the base of the neck to the jaw, avoiding the windpipe. Repeat with the left hand and apply the pressure to the right side of the neck.
Eyes: Finally finish off by rubbing your palms against each other to warm them up, then cup your hands over your eyes and hold for few seconds.
Massage Tips for Specific Problem Areas
You may have areas of your face that call for extra care. The following massage exercise can prevent or heal such problem areas, and they can easily be fitted into the 4-minute massage routine.
Double chin ~ Use the thumbs to press into the muscle underneath the jaw, fingers relaxed, starting in the center of the chin and working outwards towards the angle of the jaw bone.
Sagging jowls ~ Treat one side at a time and use the flat middle and ring fingers of both hands alternately. Work on the muscle of the checks with a rolling, lifting movement on the muscle.
Frown lines between the eyes ~ Make small circular movements with the ring finger of your right hand between the eyebrows, while the index and middle finger of your left hand supports the skin in an upward v-shape,
Wrinkled upper lip ~ Smile to stretch the lips out, and place the middle finger of your left hand on the left corner of the mouth, use the middle finger of the right hand to make small circular movements all the way along the edge of the bottom lip. Now change hands and repeat.
Crow’s feet next to the eyes ~ Make a cross shape where the crow’s feet are coming out by making a horizontal then a vertical line with the middle or ring finger of each hand. Alternatively, you may work with the middle fingers of each hand, out from the corner of your eye and up to the temple.
Lines on the forehead ~ Locate the lines across your forehead. Begin above your right eye, and make small, circular and sliding movements along each line from right to the left by using the middle finger of your right hand. At the same time use the index and middle finger of your left hand to hold the skin firm on either side of the line. Repeat the movement on each line.
Open pores on the nose ~ Use your middle or ring finger and make small circular movements all over and around your nose. Begin around your nostrils, then over the tip of your nose and up the sides of your nose, finishing on the bridge.
Important things to remember :
~ Massage should be avoided in case of sensitive or inflamed skin.
~ Never massage your face without using an oil or a cream.
~ Massage should be done with only upward or outward movements of your fingers. Never use downward strokes.
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