Posted on October 04 2018
Ever wonder why you can never get your skin to look as radiant at home as it does after getting a professional facial? While you might sometimes wish you could just go get facials every week, unfortunately it's not always in the budget, so it's time to take your skincare routine into your own hands and learning facial massage is just the way to do it!
Frowning, smiling, laughing, chewing food, even looking at computer screens all day all involve our facial muscles! Given all the hard work our faces do, it's totally natural that our faces are the first part of our body to develop signs of aging.
Signs of aging like wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging are caused by sluggish circulation, loss of skin elasticity, loss of facial fat, and residual muscle tension. And just like a nice back massage when you notice muscle tension after a workout, a facial massage will help to gently exercise the face muscles to help firm facial tissues. Beyond this, a daily facial massage can reduce the appearance of and prevent acne, reduce puffiness, and increase blood flow to make you look less tired. It relaxes facial muscle tension that harbors wrinkles and stress lines, and even stimulates lymph channels to detoxify and rejuvenate!
Why Facial Serums are Ideal to Use During Facial Massage
Serums are a great addition to any skincare routine! They penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver active ingredients that promote healing. Massaging a serum into the skin boosts circulation and generates warmth helping to maximize absorption. Improved circulation promotes collagen in elastin production!
As we get older, our collagen production naturally declines due to exposure to toxins like smoke, pollution, and UV rays as well as changes in hormone levels. This decline in collagen means fewer fibroblasts are being formed and less cell regeneration is happing which is what leads to the formation of wrinkles.
Knowing this, you might be inclined to purchase products containing collagen, but these products are less likely to promote skin rejuvenation than you'd think. Collagen cells are actually too large to be absorbed through the skin, rendering them less effective in the topical form. This is why we instead recommend massaging a serum into the skin to promote natural collagen production.
To further enhance the anti-aging benefits of facial massage and serum, we suggest looking into our Ambrosia Moisturizing Ambrosia Anti-Aging Night Serum
To reduce redness and deep moisturize, especially if you have more sensitive skin, you'll love our Go Green Healing Facial Go Green Healing Serum
A night-time treatment formulated with Vitamin C and acne fighting essential oils to heal skin irritations and improve skin tone and texture while you sleep. Bombshell Clarifying Night Serum
Two Methods of Facial Massage to Try at Home
Jade Roller Massage
Best for: Enhancing the Anti-Aging Benefits of Facial Massage
Jade rollers might be the most well-known version of facial massage, and for good reason! Jade rollers have been used for over 5,000 years, dating back to when it was first used in both Ancient Egypt and Mayan cultures as a massage and meditation tool.
Using a jade roller for facial massage helps to increase blood circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, and diminish appearance of fine lines, and there is even a myth that if you start massage with jade on the right side of your face, it will help to promote prosperity.
Here’s how it works:
Roll across the face in upward strokes, focusing on the under-eye and forehead area.
Apply first thing in the morning; the coolness of the stone will help energize you for your day as well as reduce inflammation.
- Jade: associated with protecting against negative energy & balancing chi (body's energetic life force)
- Increase blood circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, diminish appearance of fine lines
- Roll across face using upward strokes, focusing on under-eye and forehead
- Apply first thing in the morning - the cool stone applied to the face is also great for energizing you at the start of your day
Crystal Wand Massage
Best for: Enhancing the Health Benefits of Facial Massage
The face has meridians running through it that affect your organs, including your stomach, heart, liver, gall bladder, and intestines. Massaging along these meridians is said to aid in alleviating pain in these areas of the body. Using healing crystals to massage along these meridians is said to help heal, calm the skin, and help you channel your higher self.
Take two tumbled stones of your choice and massage in upward and outward motions in order to trace the meridians of the face.
Here are a few of our favorite crystals for facial massage and their benefits:
- Amethyst: soothes headaches & promotes better sleep
- Amber: enhances circulation & improves warmth in the skin
- Rose Quartz: soothes stress from disappointment & encourages self-love
- Aventurine: soothes breakouts, anti-inflammatory, soothes sinus pain & migraines