Facial massages are great because whether you’re only using your hands or getting help from a tool (e.g., a jade roller), the benefits include increased circulation, decreased puffiness, a more lifted visage and the melting away of any tension in your face.
When massaging you face you need to start by smoothing on a few drops of facial oil or serum first.
To give yourself a facial massage, use your thumb and index finger to gently pinch your eyebrows from inner to outer corners. Repeat five times. Then, take your index and middle fingers and rub them over your temples in a circular motion for a few seconds to release any tension. Next, using those same fingers, gently sweep them under your eyes, toward the center of your face, and then up and over your brows to create a circular shape. Repeat five times. And finally, glide your fingertips from your temples down the sides of your face and neck to push any accumulated fluids away. For extra-puffy days, take your knuckles and sweep them across your cheeks from your nose to your ears.
There are a few easy facial-massage techniques for your face:
-To Depuff Your Eyes: Take your ring fingers and gently press and roll them along your brow bone from the inner to outer corners using a light (and we do mean light!) pressure; repeat under your eyes.
-To Smooth Your Forehead: Using your index and middle fingers, firmly press them between your brows and slide them up your forehead until you reach your hairline. Work your way outward until you’ve covered your entire forehead, and repeat as needed. (Tip: When you feel really congested, press and hold the area between your brows for a few extra seconds.)
-To Define Your Jawline: Make a peace sign with both hands and bend your fingers over to create "air quotes." Starting at your chin, cradle your jaw between your fingers on either side and slowly draw them up toward your ears in a sweeping motion.
-To Sculpt Your Cheekbones: Repeat the same movements you did for your jawline—just position your fingers underneath your cheekbones. Finish by lightly pinching the apples of your cheeks for a quick boost of circulation.
HOW TO USE A JADE ROLLER
Practiced for centuries, this East Asian skin-care tradition is believed to have healing properties (through the jade stone itself), while also promoting circulation to reduce puffiness and help serums better absorb into your skin.
Before you get started, we’d recommend popping your jade roller in the freezer for a few hours (this will augment the de-puffing benefits). After cleansing and applying any moisturizers, you’re ready to roll. Using a gentle pressure, roll the larger end in an upward motion along your cheeks, jawline and forehead. Then, flip the roller and use the smaller end to reach the areas underneath and above your eyes as well as the patch of skin between your eyebrows.
A QUICK GUIDE TO GUA SHA
Pronounced gwa sha, this treatment involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in firm strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage. The most important note for Gua Sha? Always start at the back and sides of your neck and end at your forehead into your scalp. This way, you’re creating a clear path for the fluids in your face to drain.