Want tighter, brighter skin? The key to a glowing complexion isn't a costly concealer and a professional make-up artist, but an easy DIY facial technique that will leave you feeling – and looking – totally rejuvenated. It's time to give yourself a facial massage! Experts swear by the anti-ageing benefits of this simple practice and how it can transform your complexion. That's because by gently massaging your face, you increase blood flow to the surface, giving skin a gorgeous glow while toning muscles to decrease sagginess and lessen the appearance of fine lines. Translation? Beautiful, younger-looking skin!
Even if you only have a few minutes, giving yourself a facial massage is a technique that's worth learning as your skin will always feel the benefit. In fact, beauty expert Lisa Eldridge says that she usually gives herself a facial massage while watching telly! The best part is that massaging the skin on your face won't just tone muscles and tighten your complexion, it's also super relaxing if you've had a hectic and stressful day. So set aside some time this weekend, whether it's 20 minutes or two, get comfortable and start massaging.
Ready to give it a go? First, wash your hands, remove any make-up and take off any jewellery. Next, apply a few drops of facial oil to fingertips or a pea-size amount of your regular cleansing balm. Lisa cautions against using lotion, as the thicker consistency means that you'll end up dragging and pulling the skin. Those with dry skin will benefit from ingredients like rosehip and Vitamin E, while those with oilier skin might want to try something with jojoba to balance out the complexion. Alternatively, for a DIY treatment, try coconut oil or olive oil – whatever suits your skin.
Gently start rubbing your fingertips along your cheeks in large circles. Try massaging upwards, against any wrinkles and fine lines so that you're lifting dull skin. Slowly move along the face, up to your forehead using your fingertips to make small circles up towards the hair line. For a more in-depth tutorial, watch beauty expert Lisa Eldridge go through three different facial massage techniques below, including a lymph drainage massage which is particuarly great for relaxation.
If you tend to have puffy eyes, spend some time gently applying pressure along the eye socket to relieve tension. Celebrity facialist Su-Man has a two-minute technique that she uses on stars and herself to really de-puff the eye area.
Giving yourself a facial massage is easy to do, super relaxing and leaves skin looking and feeling rejuvenated. The jury's out on whether it reduces fine lines, but we're willing to give it a shot! Are you?
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